States and the control of cyberspace

This course focuses on the various ways in which states operate in cyberspace and is structured into three sections. The first set of classes investigates ways in which states attempt to control cyberspace within their own domestic territory. We cover research and case studies investigating censorship, surveillance, manipulation and propaganda campaigns in different countries. The second set of classes dives into understanding states' attempts at controlling cyberspace in other foreign countries, for example through manipulation and various forms of cyber attacks. Lastly, we investigate how struggles for supranational control of cyberspace are affecting interstate relations and the international order more generally.

A key objective is to equip students with the tools to help them to critically evaluate the fast-moving debates in the area (in particular the sweeping claims frequently made in the public debate), critically evaluate empirical research being produced in this area, and reflect on and develop their own understanding of how states’ attempts to control cyberspace are changing both domestic and international politics.

This course is for 2nd year MIA and MPP students only.