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Tests of partnership: transatlantic cooperation in cyber security, internet governance, and data protection

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Bendiek, Annegret

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Corporate Editor Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik -SWP- Deutsches Institut für Internationale Politik und Sicherheit
Abstract "Although relations are currently being tested, the transatlantic cyber partnership continues to stand on a solid normative and institutional foundation. Both sides agree on the fundamentals of Internet regulation. Both are of the conviction that universal accessibility to the Internet is extraordinarily useful not only for democratic decision-making and free markets but also for the future of the liberal democratic order. And both sides are united also in the search for effective means to limit malicious software, to fight crime, and to secure critical infrastructure. The controversy surrounding the NSA’s espionage activities exposed differences in what the United States and EU member countries consider to be the legitimate means and methods of reaching their common goals. It also revealed that they have different approaches to handling normative dissonance. Nevertheless, it certainly should not be misunderstood as an existential threat to the transatlantic partnership. Instead, transatlantic differences can and should be speedily resolved through political dialogue. Three major problem areas must be dealt with in this process: firstly the critical infrastructure protection in transatlantic cyber security, secondly the development of an inclusive multistakeholder-model in Internet governance and thirdly the adoption of the so-called umbrella agreement in data protection between the US and the EU." (author's abstract)
Keywords EU; transatlantic relations; United States of America; security; data protection; Internet; governance; criminality; espionage; data security; secrecy; foreign policy; telecommunication; communication technology; information technology; civil rights; privacy; international conflict
Classification Interactive, electronic Media; International Relations, International Politics, Foreign Affairs, Development Policy; European Politics
Free Keywords Vertrauensbildende Maßnahmen; Convention on Cybercrime (2001-11-23)
Document language English
Publication Year 2014
City Berlin
Page/Pages 29 p.
Series SWP Research Paper, 5/2014
ISSN 1863-1053
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications