National Computer Security Incident Response Teams (nCSIRTs) coordinate the response of domestic and international stakeholders to breaches and failures in digital security. With the increase in national CSIRTs, their role in global cybersecurity needs to be clarified, and they should be kept operationally independent from intelligence and law enforcement agencies.
Information communication technologies for development (ICT4D) are increasingly used in humanitarian aid, development and human rights work. But new technologies can introduce new risks, especially in regards to digital security and the privacy of constituents. The aid sector needs to recognize and address cybersecurity risks.
Getting the politics of the past right is an important challenge in a time of geopolitical transition. A framework for a responsible politics of the past needs to allow for open contestation and questioning of all historical narratives. History should never be in the service of one actor or one ideology.
European refugee policy is failing. Top courts have found several EU countries responsible for exposing asylum seekers to inhumane and degrading conditions. Increasing deaths in the Mediterranean call into question achievements in law. EU countries should not only uphold their international responsibilities, but also exercise agency beyond their immediate neighborhoods.
Ten years after the UN adopted the “Responsibility to Protect” people from atrocity crimes, the world’s record of protection is grim. With the rise of powers like Brazil, China and India, many fear that its future will be even worse. This expectation is misplaced: if policymakers keep an open mind, there is space to jointly address the practical challenges of protection.
26 November 2015