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Cyber, Space and Future Conflict

Future conflict will be shaped by developments in cyberspace and advances in IT, artificial intelligence, robotics and autonomous systems. This IISS research programme studies the details.

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China's Cyber Power

As China increasingly gains the economic benefits of global connectivity, the West’s technological edge is fast eroding. In this Adelphi, Nigel Inkster examines the political, historical and cultural development of China’s cyber power in light of evolving capabilities and governance structures.

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    IISS Cyber Report: 19 to 25 October

    26 October 2017.  President Xi promises tougher censorship at party congress; Catalan hackers target Spanish high court; Canadian army hires offensive cyber operators.

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    IISS Cyber Report: 12 to 18 October

    19 October 2017.  Russia weighs up cryptocurrency regulation, China limits social media during party congress, hackers disrupt Swedish trains.

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    IISS Cyber Report: 5 to 11 October

    13 October 2017.  US–China dialogue; Poland set to recruit cyber soldiers; UK will jail viewers of extremist content.

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    IISS Cyber Report: 28 September to 4 October

    04 October 2017.  Beijing’s ‘Great Firewall’ ahead of communist party congress; US military targets North Korean hackers; Russia offers internet lifeline to North Korea.

  • IISS Voices

    IISS Cyber Report: 21 to 27 September

    27 September 2017.  Denmark appoints world’s first digital ambassador; Canyon Bridge buys UK chipmaker; cyber attacks from Iran predicted to rise if nuclear deal collapses.

  • IISS Voices

    IISS Cyber Report: 14 to 20 September

    21 September 2017.  Germany sets up new cyber spook agency; Saudi Arabia lifts ban on internet calling apps; Facebook silences Rohingya refugees by deleting accounts.

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    IISS Cyber Report: 7 to 13 September

    14 September 2017.  China issues new rules for online messaging and social media; Russia and South Africa increase dialogue on information security; EU defence ministers hold cyber war game in Tallinn; India reconsiders data privacy.

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    IISS Cyber Report: 31 August to 6 September

    06 September 2017.  Germany braced for Russian interference in September elections; re-election of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta overturned by Supreme Court; North Korea’s nuclear test expunged from Chinese social media.

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    IISS Cyber Report: 24 to 30 August

    30 August 2017.  Russia to deploy information warfare unit in military exercise with Belarus; Chinese scientists conduct underwater quantum communication; social media offenders could face ten years in jail in new draft bill in Zimbabwe.

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    IISS Cyber Report: 17 to 23 August

    24 August 2017.  Navigation systems of US vessels feared to be under attack; Ukraine prepares for another cyber security breach on Independence Day; India heightens protection against Chinese involvement in critical infrastructure.

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Strategic Dossier

Cyber security has become a focal point for conflicting domestic and global interests, and increasingly for the projection of state power. 'Evolution of the Cyber Domain' contextualises the key developments since the 1950s.