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date: 30 June 2022

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Cybersecurity is one of the most highly contested and yet important topics. How global cyberspace is secured, by whom, and for what purpose touches upon some of the most basic of political questions. This chapter provides a survey of some of the major topics around cybersecurity and highlights some of the outstanding questions or areas for further research. The survey is not meant to be exhaustive, but rather illustrative of some of the core international political questions where evidence-based and theoretically informed social science research will be sorely needed. Cybersecurity researchers will need to explore methods that are not typically within the social science toolkit: techniques drawn from computer science, engineering, data analysis, and software development. Doing so will require bridging disciplinary divides that are not easily overcome—a challenge that may, in reality, take generations to overcome.

Keywords: cybersecurity, Internet, surveillance, Big Data, data analysis, censorship

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