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Western discourse on cyber security and cyber governance accepts as a given that arguments for Internet freedom and a multi-stakeholder approach to managing the Internet are beyond challenge. However, in many parts of the world these arguments are the subject of vigorous debate, driven in large measure by perceptions that the US and its allies are exploiting their dominant position in the cyber domain for sinister geo-political motives. Some of the challenges to Western approaches are driven by cynicism but many reflect real fears and perceptions of vulnerability.
Nigel Inkster, Eneken Tikk-Ringas and Rafal Rohozinski discuss these outside views of America's role in the cyber domain, providing insights into how non-Western countries perceive the US's policies and position. Understanding how major actors such as China and Russia view Western policies towards the Internet constitute an important element in devising effective strategies for managing this increasingly contentious domain.
The discussion was chaired by Bryce Campbell, Managing Director, IISS-US and take place at IISS-US, 2121 K Street NW, Suite 801, Washington, DC 20037.