The Future of War: War without Borders in the Cyber Realm
Threats in cyberspace pose enormous challenges to both national and international law. Specific threats on both sides of the Atlantic include foreign cyber intrusions into infrastructure affecting state and military institutions, as well intrusions affecting critical public sector infrastructure, such as power plants. The use of digital propaganda on social media for the purpose of influencing the democratic process in the context of elections has impacted both countries. The perpetrators – individuals, groups, or states – are difficult to identify, and an effective and timely response is often impossible. Additionally, the lack of legal foundations in dealing with cyber threats has proven problematic. This podium discussion, as part of the Transatlantic Cyber Dialogue of the Hanns Seidel Foundation and the American-German Institute, contributes to this open international dialogue.