March 7, 2011

Beyond Cyber Doom

  • Sean Lawson

    Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, University of Utah
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News media and policy makers in the United States are focusing their attentions on prospective threats to and through cyberspace. Current U.S. cyber-security policy—with its military Cyber Command and suggestions for an “Internet kill switch”—supports a centralized, militarized approach. Cyber security is a serious concern, but if policy makers want to actually address these threats, they should pursue strategies that focus on increasing technological and infrastructural resilience while promoting decentralization, self-organization, economic strength, and strong social systems.