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Cyberspace and External Affairs:A Memorandum for India Summary

Posted by Arindrajit Basu and Elonnai Hickok at Nov 30, 2018 07:00 PM |
This memorandum seeks to summarise the state of the global debate in cyberspace; outline how India can craft it’s global strategic vision and finally, provides a set of recommendations for the MEA as they craft their cyber diplomacy strategy.

It limits itself to advocating certain procedural steps that the Ministry of External Affairs should take towards propelling India forward as a leading voice in the global cyber norms space and explains why occupying this leadership position should be a vital foreign policy priority. It does not delve into content-based recommendations at this stage. Further, this memorandum is not meant to serve as exhaustive academic research on the subject but builds on previous research by the Centre for Internet & Society in this area to highlight key policy windows that can be driven by India.

This memorandum provides a background to global norms formation focussing on key global developments over the past month; traces the opportunities s for India to play a lead role in the global norms formulation debate and then charts out process related recommendations on next steps towards India taking this forward.

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