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“Borderless cyberspace, as a part of the “global commons” does not exist; discuss the quest for order amid cyber insecurity.

7. “Borderless cyberspace, as a part of the “global commons” does not exist; discuss the quest for order amid cyber insecurity. (250 words)

Reference: The Hindu 

Why the question:

The article is by Syed Akbaruddin who has served as India’s Permanent Representative at the United Nations.

Key Demand of the question:

One has to discuss the quest of order amidst cyber insecurity and in what way borderless cyberspace needs to be part of global commons.

Directive:

Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.

 Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Cyber-attacks amidst this pandemic have grown tremendously. In one week in April 2020, reportedly, there were over 18 million daily malware and phishing emails related to COVID-19 monitored by a single email provider, in addition to more than 240 million COVID-19-related daily spam messages.

Body:

Explain that like global public health, cybersecurity is a niche area, left to experts. A better understanding of the global cyberspace architecture is required.

Discuss what the gaps in the current system are. Borderless cyberspace, as a part of the “global commons” does not exist. It is an illusion that connectivity across national boundaries nurtured.

The Internet depends on physical infrastructure that is under national control, and hence is subject to border controls too. Each state applies its laws to national networks, consistent with its international commitments.

Conclusion:

Conclude with the need to recognise quest for order amid cyber insecurity.