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Open Net Eurasia

Open Net Eurasia

Cyberspace has a special meaning in the Eurasian region. The rise of the internet paralleled the emergence of newly independent states. Throughout the vast region, commonality of culture, language, shared economic interests and experience have shaped the economic, social, and political characteristics of cyberspace. As countries grapple with the impact of the internet, they are faced with balancing security concerns with those of economic development, social inclusion and political culture. There are huge challenges. Access remains uneven. Cybercrime and cyber security have significant domestic and international consequences. Governments of the region face difficult trade-offs and decisions: integration with Europe, cooperation with Russia, new opportunities with Asia and the Far East and global challenges that include the rise of violent extremism and nationalism.

OpenNet Eurasia is founded on the belief that greater knowledge and transparency empowers informed policy. We believe there is truth in data. The project brings together an international network of analysts and experts in the political economy and governance of cyberspace. We are building on the pioneering work of the OpenNet Initiative and taking it a step further.

Three principal aims guide the work of the project:

  • A sustainable information resource for policy and advocacy. OpenNet Eurasia partners are building a self-sustaining information resource to provide insight on the emerging political economy of cyberspace in the region. The policy and practice of governing cyberspace is complex. Accurate information is scarce. Leveraging a decade’s worth of experience and expertise, the project will shed light on the inner workings of the political economy of cyberspace in the Eurasian region. Aimed at cyber- and information security professionals worldwide, the intent is to develop an indispensable repository of information on ICT developments in Eurasia and provide a platform for informed debate and analysis.

  • Educating professional communities. Knowing how to operate in cyberspace is vital to long-term security and prosperity. We believe that access to information, freedom of speech and transparency are important aspects of socio-economic stability and responsible citizenship. Tolerance for alternate viewpoints is important, as well as maintaining a balance between common good and individual freedoms. The project addresses the needs of professional communities throughout the Eurasia region through training in best cybersecurity practices, awareness raising, and promotion of an informed dialogue.

  • Capacity-building for cyber security. Building better policy means working with a variety of stakeholders from government and regional institutions to businesses and community organizations. Through our working partnerships with international and regional network of legal, regulatory and academic experts in Eurasia and Europe, we are working to develop practical approaches to national cyber security that consider community security, economic development, and social inclusion.

For further information about the OpenNet Eurasia Project, please contact us directly: ONE@secdev-foundation.org

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