Roundtable: Closing the geographical gap
The study of cyber-related issues and the number of policy processes and initiatives addressing cyberspace have grown exponentially over the past decade. Yet, the scholarship on the topic as well as policy debates are dominated by a small group of countries in what some call Global North. This session aims to answer: What are the main obstacles to a more inclusive debate about cyber and what are the instruments and mechanisms at our disposal to make this happen?
The Closing the Gap conference is organised by the EU Cyber Direct project together with 12 other institutions from around the world and in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belgium. The aim of the conference is to contribute to closing various gaps that underpin the debates about cyber-related issues: between scholars and practitioners, different generations of scholars (emerging talents and established researchers), disciplines (law, political science, international relations, economics, IT, media studies), sectors (government, private sector, academia, NGOs) and regions (Global South-North).
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Q: Do you think certain (authoritarian) regimes (in the South in particular) choose to keep the "cyber-gap" large (on purpose) to exert their own influence & policies? And if so, how can the international community manage to overcome these national blockages? (to Luca Belli)
Q: [For all panelists] You have mentioned how COVID-19 has facilitated a more global reach of various events. But given the problems with access to the internet, does it really make things easier for broader representation from Africa and other regions? (to Enrico Calandro)
Centre for Multilateral Affairs(CfMA)
Q: Hi Nibal! Thank you for your wonderful submission, it was perfect and very informative. What are the measures to be taken to carter what you stated as "will of leadership" in the global south to be so low for regime protection purposes ? Most of the South of Sahara region (to Nibal Idlebi)
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About the Organiser
About the Organiser
EGMONT – The Royal Institute for International Relations is an independent think-tank based in Brussels. Its interdisciplinary research is conducted in a spirit of total academic freedom. Drawing on the expertise of its own research fellows, as well as that of external specialists, both Belgian and foreign, it provides analysis and policy options that are meant to be as operational as possible.