The Darkening Web: The War for Cyberspace

The Darkening Web: The War for Cyberspace

by Alexander Klimburg


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The Darkening Web: The War for Cyberspace by Alexander Klimburg

In its earliest days, the Internet seemed to all of us to be an unqualified good: It was a way to share information, increase productivity, and experience new freedoms and diversions. Alexander Klimburg was a member of the idealistic generation that came of age with the Internet. Two decades later, he—and all of us—have been forced to confront the reality that an invention that was once a utopian symbol of connection has evolved into an unprecedented weapon and means of domination.
Cyberspace, Klimburg contends, is already the main stage for global confrontation for this century. In this new arena of conflict, brilliant individuals and informal networks have the capacity to bring ostensibly stable societies to their knees—but also save them from destruction—and nations are reconceiving information as the ultimate weapon and configuring their defenses accordingly. The debate about how individual nations and the global community alike will define this new domain of human interaction is more pressing and divisive than ever.
Klimburg is a leading voice in the international dialogue on the implications of this new foreign policy sphere, and in The Darkening Web, he presents the urgent reality that we are vastly underestimating the far-reaching consequences of states’ aspirations to project power in cyberspace. Indeed, competition for cyber power is a development as complex and troubling as the advent of nuclear weapons during the Cold War—and quite possibly as dangerous for humanity as a whole. With a skillful blend of anecdote and argument, Klimburg brings us face to face with the range of threats the struggle for cyberspace presents, from an apocalyptic scenario of debilitated civilian infrastructure to a 1984-like authoritarian erosion of privacy and freedom of expression. With a specific focus on the United States on one side and Russia and China on the other, The Darkening Web makes clear that the debate about our different aspirations for cyberspace is nothing short of a war over our global values.
Authoritative, thought-provoking, and compellingly argued, The Darkening Web reveals the menacing possibilities of a twenty-first century dominated by information warfare—and explains how the original promise of the Internet as a means for advancing freedoms can be regained.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594206665
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/11/2017
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 632,539
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Alexander Klimburg is a program director at The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies, a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, and an associate and former fellow at the Belfer Center of the Harvard Kennedy School. He has acted as an advisor to a number of governments and international organizations on cybersecurity strategy and internet governance, and has participated in various national, international, NATO and EU policy groups. He splits his time between Boston, Vienna and The Hague.

Table of Contents

Note on Terms xi

Introduction 1

Part I

1 The Body of Cyber 23

2 Mind over Matter 53

Part II

3 Everyone Can Be a God 69

4 Ruling the Domain 87

5 Pin-Striped Cyber… 117

Part III

6 No One but US 133

7 Attack to Excess 159

8 Strategic Innuendo 185

Part IV

9 Russia's Invisible War 205

10 Of Siloviki and Cyber Crime 225

11 Pwnage Diplomacy 243

Part V

12 The Chinese Cyber Dream 253

13 Manning the Great Firewall 265

14 Handling the Barbarians 275

Part VI

15 Parsing Cyber Power 301

16 The Great Cyber Game 315

17 An End-to-End World 347

Conclusion 357

Epilogue 367

Afterword 371

Acknowledgments 385

Notes 387

Index 425

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