10 Oct 2019
The unexpected norm-setters: Intelligence agencies in cyberspace
New journal article
Ilina Georgieva published an article in the journal Contemporary Security Policy on the norm-setting role of intelligence agencies.
The article is available online here under Open Access. Please find an abstract below:
ABSTRACT: By implementing novel intelligence techniques in cyberspace, security and intelligence agencies have become major actors in the cybersecurity landscape. As they no longer just passively gather information for their governments but conduct both defense and offense operations in cyberspace, they signal international actors that their conduct is at least tolerable, even if not officially acceptable. Thereby, the intelligence agencies generate norms for the rest of the international community. Yet, they remain under the international regulation radar for being sub-state entities. Consequently, the main argument of this article is the following: To prevent the hollowing-out of cyber regulation efforts, the norm-setting role of intelligence actors should be taken into account when designing cyber norms.