Cyberspace Cooperation

The Global Cooperation in Cyberspace Initiative seeks to reduce conflict, crime and other disruptions in cyberspace and promote stability, innovation and inclusion.

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Who’s Behind China’s Cyber Spying?

EWI’s Greg Austin claims that China’s espionage efforts most likely originate not from its government but from individual citizens.

Greg Austin, EWI’s director of policy innovation, discussed his paper “China’s Cyber Espionage Priorities,” at the Annual Conference of Oxford Analytica at Oxford University, on September 19, 2013.

His presentation was part of a panel on “Cybersecurity: How Safe Are We?”

Click here for an expanded version of his paper.


Russia-U.S. Brussels Meeting on Cyber Terminology

The EastWest Institute and the Institute for Information Security Issues (IISI) of Moscow State University hosted an off-the-record bilateral meeting between Russian and U.S. cyber experts on creating a universal list of cyber terms. “Critical Terminology Foundations” took place at EWI’s Brussels Center on September 13-14 and builds on the work of past bilateral meetings between these key participants. The results of this latest meeting will be discussed at EWI’s November Summit in Silicon Valley.

As Valery Yaschenko, senior vice-director of Moscow University Lomonosov’s Security Institute, put it, “We are aiming to create a glossary of 40 essential terms. In the first stage of this process, we tackled terms containing the word cyber—cyberspace, cyber infrastructure and cyber attack. We created an initial list of 20 terms, and this mini-glossary is already in use around the world. Now we’ve decided to continue our work focusing on specific terms, such as information security, information aggression and information superiority.”

Yaschenko explained further, “We want to provide future negotiators with a clear and concise ‘dictionary’ to further global cooperation in cyberspace. That is why we want to extend our work to Chinese, French and other languages. It is important to say that our goal is to avoid technical and scientific arguments and offer clear and useful ‘political’ definitions.”

EWI’s Karl Rauscher, distinguished fellow and chief technology officer, added, “This time around, in addition to definitions of terms, we want to introduce several recommendations on how these definitions should be used. We want to offer practical ways in which this important work can improve bilateral and multilateral cooperation and overall political discourse on cyberspace.”


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EWI Welcomes Bruce McConnell

The EastWest Institute is delighted to announce the appointment of Bruce McConnell as Senior Vice President, a post he will take up on September 16th. McConnell comes most recently from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security where he served as Deputy Under Secretary for Cybersecurity.

At EWI, McConnell will be responsible for growing and leading the institute’s work to promote cooperation in cyberspace, expanding our traditional work on cybersecurity to include governance and development issues. He will also lead EWI’s networking with private and public sectors around the world, enhancing our relationships with those partners and assisting President John Mroz in setting the institute’s overall strategy to coordinate its broad array of programs.

“Bruce brings an impressive set of skills developed over a distinguished career in government and industry at the national and international level,” Mroz pointed out. “He is a passionate team builder, a consultative manager, and a fearless advocate for maintaining the civilian character of cyberspace and fulfilling its potential to improve the quality of life on the planet. We welcome him to EWI.”

Click here tor McConnell's interview for GovInfo Security


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