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The Quest for Cyber Peace

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This publication aims to promote the concept of global cyber peace by examining how ICTs underpin everyday life; evaluating current cyberthreats and trends; analysing the impacts of cybercrime and cyber conflict; assessing the validity of current legal frameworks; defining the concept of cyber peace, and establishing it as an overriding guiding principle for peaceful behaviour in cyberspace; and charting a path forward.

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Conclusion

To date, the quest for cyber peace has been troublingly quiet. The World Federation of Scientists Permanent Monitoring Panel on Information Security first put forth the concept of cyber peace at a seminal program that it presented at the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Sciences in December 2008. Subsequently, the PMP drafted the “Erice Declaration on Principles for Cyber Stability and Cyber Peace” in 2009, which was adopted by the WFS and distributed to every member of the United Nations. The concepts and principles put forth in this publication reflect the sobering assessment of the PMP that the world is careening toward cyber chaos, but the path toward cyber peace will result in greater global stability.

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