This project explores the emerging field of cyberdiplomacy, in the EU and with key strategic partners. Drawing on perspectives from computer science, political science, law, and behavioural science, it explores a variety of questions on cyberdiplomacy implementation across various actors and key areas. It also explores the major cyberdiplomacy challenges and the core diplomatic instruments applied to tackle them.

Aim

This project aims to:

  • create a consortium of European and Asia Pacific universities to further research and teach cyberdiplomacy and internationalise existing cyber security teaching and research programmes at these universities (the consortium includes Universite libre de Bruxelles, University of Warwick, University of Leiden, University of Bologna, Tallinn University of technology, International Christian University and University of Waikato)
  • foster innovative research on cyberdiplomacy and build expertise among young researchers and teachers on cyber security within the EU, Europe and with strategic partners
  • professionalise cyberdiplomacy by (a) developing and embedding graduate and professional training programmes within the EU, and (b) creating teaching and learning materials and modules for emerging cyber diplomats
  • combine academic and practitioner perspectives on cyberdiplomacy through stakeholder events in global cyberdiplomacy hubs.

Context

Drawing on perspectives from computer science, political science, law, and behavioural science, CYDIPLO explores a variety of questions on cyberdiplomacy implementation across various actors and key areas. It also explores the major cyberdiplomacy challenges and the core diplomatic instruments applied to tackle them.

Outcomes

The intended outcome of the project is to further research and teach cyber diplomacy and internationalise existing cyber security teaching and research programmes as well as achieving a further degree of professionalisation within cyberdiplomacy.

Outputs

This project will provide a variety of training platforms within the EU area and beyond, to include (a) a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Cyberdiplomacy, and (b) a series of Teaching and Learning Exchanges, encouraging international and academic interdisciplinary mobility, particularly between political science, behavioural science, computer science and law. CYDIPLO will also be complemented by an active online presence, consolidating and expanding training programmes for cyber diplomats in different regions of the world within and beyond the CYDIPLO network.

Moreover, the research aspects of the network will be developed through the series of 4 workshops in Leiden, Bologna, Tallinn and Warwick. These workshops will bring the key researchers together to develop (a) the Research Handbook, (b) the Journal Special Issue and (c) the Issue Briefs.

Activities

  • 25-26 MARCH 2021. Conceptualising Cyber Diplomacy

The aim of this workshop was to bring all the CYDIPLO network teachers and researchers together and to build understanding within the project of a range of perspectives on cyber diplomacy, what it is, how we understand it from different academic disciplines, and how we can use the multidisciplinary expertise in the project to further the main project activities and outputs.

Additional links: CYDIPLO – Workshop 1: Conceptualising Cyber Diplomacy – Leiden University (universiteitleiden.nl)

 


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