Professor Cy Burr’s Graphic Guide to: INTERNATIONAL CYBER NORMS


Publication date: 2016

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Let’s start with the basics. We all want a nice, safe, stable world.. …where bad guys don’t do bad things, right? Norms can help us move in that direction. Internationally, norms are one of three tools available to limit destructive behavior by bad actors.The other two are coercion and treatiesor laws, and these haven’t quite had the desired effect in cyberspace. Though it’s worth noting that these categorizations aren’t mutually exclusive. In fact, they often overlap or work in tandem with one another. As we’ll see, norms help establish and maintain a stable ecosystem. This is particularly important for an emerging domain like cyberspace, where we are still figuring out how to get along and what the rules should be.