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Access ContestedSecurity, Identity, and Resistance in Asian Cyberspace$
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Ronald Deibert, John Palfrey, Rafal Rohozinski, and Jonathan Zittrain

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262016780

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262016780.001.0001

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Contesting Cyberspace and the Coming Crisis of Authority

Contesting Cyberspace and the Coming Crisis of Authority

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(p.21) 2 Contesting Cyberspace and the Coming Crisis of Authority
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Access Contested
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Ronald Deibert

Rafal Rohozinski

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262016780.003.0002

This chapter focuses on the competition for power and control of the factors defining cyberspace contestation. Driving forces of cyberspace contests including the evolution of the cyberspace ecosystem, demographic shift, cyber crime, and the political economy of cyber security. The expansion of cyberspace throughout society’s every aspect is discussed, as is the increase in the use of mobile access devices. The chapter discusses measures undertaken by authoritarian states to counter anti-regime mobilization, for which cyberspace is a major factor. It highlights the issue of authority crisis in cyberspace caused by contestation and lays out issues—including political jurisdictions regarding cyberspace, responsibilities of people who control the cyberspace, and appropriate behavior for the cyberspace—which need to be discussed comprehensively to avoid the authority crisis issue.

Keywords:   cyberspace contestation, cyberspace ecosystem, demographic shift, cyber crime, cyber security, political jurisdictions

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