Small States Need Cyber Diplomacy

Commentary | October 14, 2014

Writing for New Europe, EWI Professorial Fellow Greg Austin explains why many small states are lagging behind in digital technologies, and how they can address these deficiencies through diplomacy. 

Greg Austin makes the case that countries like Estonia, Luxembourg and Iceland have recognized "that hyper connectivity helps them not only in addressing cyber security threats but in exploiting information technologies for growth, public health and education." Other small states have not been so forward-thinking, Austin argues, and a more concerted diplomatic approach can improve digital technologies across numerous sectors. He writes, "Strong coordinated diplomacy by the world’s micro republics acting together on ICT and related security issues may deliver new forms of network power they and the world have not quite imagined yet."

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