world war E
dispatches from the network society

global governance and cyberwar

The Economist reports that in the wake of the cyberwar waged on Estonia, NATO is reconsidering its collective security arrangements. In a nutshell, because the network society transcends conventional political boundaries (excepting places bounded, like China, by great national firewalls), collective security arrangements based on territorial alliances like NATO are inadequate to prevent the contagion effects of a cyberwar. Paradoxically, the collective security of allies within NATO may depend on NATO ensuring the cybersecurity of non-allies – another way in which World War E is re-writing the rules of geopolitics.

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