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Wednesday, 11 March 2020

New publication \ Subversion in cyberspace

In the ifa-publication” Subversion in cypberspace- Security, freedom and resilience against attacks on the net” (in German), the authors Andreas Heinemann-Grüder and Johannes Wiggen investigate current security threats in cyberspace, security discourses in an international comparison and show avenues of how resilience of open societies can be strengthened against subversion from cyberspace.

The technical opportunities in cyberworld have opened up totally new potentials to influence political preferences in other countries. Subversive measures of authoritarian regimes increasingly influence opinions in open societies on the Internet, thus sharply limiting the open space of the Internet. In their study “Subversion in cyberspace: Security, freedom and resilience against attacks” (in German), which was published in German in the edition Culture and Foreign Policy of the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen—Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations (ifa), the authors Andreas Heinemann-Grüder and Johannes Wiggen investigate how the resilience of open societies can be strengthened against subversion from cyberspace without having to give up their very basic principles.

Besides an overview of the discourses on cyber threats, the authors give recommendations for action. They suggest projects that foster media skills and digital communication as a topic in foreign culture- and education policy. Furthermore, Andreas Heinemann-Grüder and Johannes Wiggen call for confidence-building measures between countries with different political regimes to be able to define illegitimate behaviour in cyberspace.  As a first step, they advocate cooperation on EU-level to develop a shared understanding of cyber attacks and concerted action against subversion from cyberspace, among other things.

Press release “Neue Publikation \ Subversion im Cyberraum“ (pdf, in German)