Achieving Mutual Comprehension: Why Cyberpower Matters to Both Developed and Developing States

Cyberspace and the security issues pertaining to it have recently taken up a significant portion of the diplomatic and international security agenda. This is largely due to the perceived and actual threats posed by cyber capabilities to the national security and economic well-being of states. So far much of the agenda and its attendant debates have revolved around the concerns of developed countries, while developing countries have either been silent, ignored or, in some cases, cast as “cyber villains”. I contend that while there is indeed a gap in developing world participation in the global dialogue and debate on cyberspace issues, there are in fact several important areas of interdependent and common interest in cyberspace of equal importance to both the developed and developing world.

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