Posts Tagged: ‘research’

Available Soon: Cyberspace and International Relations

28. Juli 2013 Posted by Benedikt Müller

After almost exactly one year of radio silence, I'm happy to revive this blog in order to announce another kind of publication, a project that I've been working on with Jan-Frederik Kremer for quite a while now.

With all the revelations about Prism, Tempora and whatever cyber intelligence programmes the NSA and Co. have been hiding from us, the topic of the book seems to have become even more relevant than we had thought a few months ago. For "Cyberspace and International Relations - Theory, Prospects and Challenges," we brought together scientists from all over the world who share a common research interest: the impact of cyberspace on the field of International Relations. In an innovative, comprehensive and interdisciplinary approach, the book presents new theoretical approaches on IR and cyber security and broadens the understanding of how international relations are influenced by cyber issues.

I'll publish more details about the content and present some excerpts as we're approaching the publication date in August.

About the book (blurp):

Cyberspace is everywhere in today’s world and has significant implications not only for global economic activity, but also for international politics and transnational social relations.  This compilation addresses for the first time the “cyberization” of international relations - the growing dependence of actors in IR on the infrastructure and instruments of the internet, and the penetration of cyberspace into all fields of their activities. The volume approaches this topical issue in a comprehensive and interdisciplinary fashion, bringing together scholars from disciplines such as IR, security studies, ICT studies and philosophy as well as experts from  everyday cyber-practice.

In the first part, concepts and theories are presented to shed light on the relationship between cyberspace and international relations, discussing implications for the discipline and presenting fresh and innovative theoretical approaches.

Contributions in the second part  focus on specific empirical fields of activity (security, economy, diplomacy, cultural activity, transnational communication, critical infrastructure, cyber espionage, social media, and more) and address emerging challenges and prospects for international politics and relations.

Read about the book on the Springer website.

What Microsoft’s Annual Reports will reveal about their Office strategy without even reading them

7. Dezember 2011 Posted by Benedikt Müller

I looked for Microsoft's Annual Reports today while researching for a paper that I'm currently writing. Apart from the fact that I think PDF should be the format of choice for distributing official documents on an Investor Relations page, I found the list of files that I downloaded rather odd:
  • msft_ar00.doc
  • msft_ar2001_all.doc
  • MSFT_2002_Annual_Report.doc
  • MSAR_10K_092303.doc
  • MSAR_10K_091404.doc
  • MS_2005_AR.doc
  • MS_2006_AR.doc
  • MS_2007_AR.doc
  • MS_2008_AR.docx
  • MS_2009_AR.doc
  • MS_2010_AR.docx
  • 2011 Annual Report.doc
Their (not so) new proprietary file format doesn't really seem to take off. This might be one of the reasons why Christian Ude, Mayor of Munich, is promting the EU to commit to open standards, to ensure that templates are offered both in Microsoft formats and open formats and that computers in EU facilities have open source office software installed.

ISSS/ISAC Annual Conference – Irvine 2011

27. September 2011 Posted by Benedikt Müller

In less then a month, I will be speaking at the ISSS/ISAC Annual Conference 2011 in Irvine, California. My friend Jan and I are writing a paper titled "Cyber Security: Emerging Challenges to States in an Interconnected World" and will be presenting first results at this conference concerned with "Security for the Future."

We will be part of a panel entitled "Cybersecurity: Emerging Challenges" on Friday, October 14. Further contributors to this panel are Inho Choi, Seoul National University as well as Kurt Howard Braddock and Christopher Griffin, Pennsylvania State University. I'm really looking forward to the feedback to our presentation, to the presentations from the other participants and to any discussions that hopefully will emerge.

Apart from our own panel, I'm particularly looking forward to attending panels about "Terrorism, Propaganda and Media" (with contributions from the MIT and Booz Allen Hamilton, amongst others) and about "Biosecurity and Neuroscience" on Friday as well as another panel entitled "China's Rising Power: Assessment and Strategic Reaction" on Saturday, October 15.