The Politics of Cybersecurity in the Middle East w/ James Shires

20 Jan 2022 – 15:00 - 16:00 GMT
The Hague Program for Cyber Norms (online)

Join The Politics of Cybersecurity in the Middle East author James Shires as he explores the politics of cybersecurity in the Middle East, especially in Egypt and the GCC states.

In these countries, cybersecurity policies and practices are entangled with those of long-standing allies in the US and Europe, and are built on reciprocal flows of data, capital, technology and expertise. At the same time, these states have authoritarian systems of governance more reminiscent of Russia or China, including approaches to digital technologies centred on sovereignty and surveillance. Shires shows how the label of cybersecurity is repurposed by states, companies and other organisations to encompass a variety of concepts, including state conflict, targeted spyware, domestic information controls, and foreign interference through leaks and disinformation. These shifting meanings shape key technological systems as well as the social relations underpinning digital development. But however the term is interpreted, it is clear that cybersecurity is an integral aspect of the region’s contemporary politics.

About the author

James Shires is Assistant Professor in Cybersecurity Governance at the Institute for Security and Global Affairs, Leiden University. He is also a nonresident fellow with the Cyber Statecraft Initiative at the Atlantic Council.

This seminar will be held online on Zoom. You can register here.


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