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Cyberwar: The Digital Front - An Attack on Freedom and Democracy?

Countries and governments are increasingly using digital technologies in cyberspace, whether for communication, monitoring, espionage, combating crime and optimization of their military forces. The freedom of the Internet creates new spaces and facilitates new strategies. But how secure are they really? How secure is our own data, and how safe are countries? Many governments already integrate cyberwarfare methods in their civil and military security strategies.
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Special: Hacker-Hype?

Cyber vulnerability is not a myth. In the foreseeable future, the government will have to give an account of Germany’s cyber capabilities. 
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Existing controls are insufficient to protect the basic rights of Internet users.
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Vulnerable IT structures are a threat to peace and security throughout the world.
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There is a considerable need for clarification of the applicability of international law.
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Informal normative arrangements make relations between states more stable in the long term.
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International trust-building measures can prevent a digital arms race.
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Civilian actors and international cooperation make cyberspace safer.
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Just war theory and international law have been overtaken by the information revolution.  
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Special: Cybersecurity in Germany - Myth and Reality

There is a new threat. We cannot see it, hear it, or feel it, but it is there. It is putting industrialized countries under pressure and targets our infrastructure without any guns being pointed or shots being fired. Its troops are invisible, their attacks silent, and the front has no borders. The Internet has made our world faster and our economy stronger. It connects people and markets. It links knowledge and ideas. But it opens up a new flank of vulnerability. And it is increasingly a scene of military conflict. 
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Instead of militarization and online nationalism, the freedom of the individual needs to be in the center of digital security policy.

Laziness, Google and incompetence are a dangerous mix. Blind digitalisation exposes national security.

Cyberattacks on the economy, military and government happen on a daily basis. Cybersecurity can never be one hundred percent safe.