Publication Launch: Countering cyber terrorism in a time of 'war on words'
29 Oct 2020 / Online

Publication Launch: Countering cyber terrorism in a time of 'war on words'


On Thursday 29 October 2020 from 16:00-17:00 (CET), we are launching our latest publication, Countering cyber terrorism in a time of 'war on words': Kryptonite for the protection of digital rights?, with an online launch event, where we will speak with some of the authors who contributed to this collection of papers.

You can register for our launch event here. We will send you an email with the livestream link an hour before the event starts. (If you have any issues registering, please contact us at

Already in 1991, the US National Academy of Sciences prophesied that ‘tomorrow’s terrorist may be able to do more damage with a keyboard than with a bomb’. Thirty years on, this prediction has not materialized, but has been kept alive in the diplomatic language of international cyber security and across national security legislations. This collection of essays analyzes how the threat of cyber terrorism shapes national security responses across the five permanent members of the UNSC and relevant strategies at the EU level. Where do these actors draw the boundaries of cyber terrorism? How do these get enacted in national security contexts? At what potential costs for individual and collective freedoms? How do these national developments interplay with the international diplomatic language on cyber security?

The authors who will join us for a conversation on this topic are:

  • Eva Claessen - doctoral researcher in Russia Studies at the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies (GGS)
  • Rebecca Mignot-Mahdavi - researcher in international law and counter-terrorism at the T.M.C. Asser Institute and managing editor of the Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law
  • Gareth Mott - lecturer in Security and Intelligence in the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Kent's Rutherford College
  • Dennis Broeders - Senior Fellow at The Hague Program for Cyber Norms and Associate Professor of Security and Technology
  • Fabio Cristiano (moderator) - postdoctoral researcher at The Hague Program for Cyber Norms

You can download the entire publication here. The collection includes contributions by Krisztina Huszti-Orban, Gareth Mott, Siodhbhra Parkin, Eva Claessen, Rebecca Mignot-Mahdavi and Stef Wittendorp, and is edited by Fabio Cristiano, Dennis Broeders and Daan Weggemans.

Join us for a panel conversation with the authors on these themes and to explore the latest policy developments on cyber terrorism. Register here to receive the link to the online event.