In less than two decades the Internet has become a valuable communications medium for more than two billion individuals, an engine for economic growth, and a vehicle for social and political change. At the same time the Internet has also created opportunities for fraud, theft, piracy, sabotage, economic- and state-based espionage, and network disruption, issues that involve cybersecurity in one form or another. The international politics of Internet governance are also in contention. Nations are competing in the international arena to determine which bodies will be responsible for setting standards for Internet technologies and controlling the assignment of domain names. The outcome of this competition will have a profound impact on the Internet architecture, operations, security, and content. Domestically nations are also adapting their legislation to this new regime. Coping with these issues requires a cadre of policymakers who are conversant with the technologies of the Internet and technologists who are prepared and equipped to work with policymakers. Individuals of both types are in short supply. This conference brings together experts on the many aspects of cybersecurity and international relations. Its goal is to educate the larger community about the fascinating challenges that exist in this area and to highlight opportunities for creative and constructive contributions.
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