International Journal of Cyber Diplomacy

National Institute for R&D in Informatics – ICI Bucharest

ICI Bucharest's new publication, the International Journal of Cyber Diplomacy, will host an eclectic group of contributors, from cyber experts to diplomats, military and law enforcement representatives and will contribute to the knowledge community that ICI has been building through its events, its partnerships and its publications. It is a publication which purposefully restricts itself to a certain topic, which may yet prove to be vast, rather than go the easy route of a topic which may accommodate any generality or pivot in accordance with fads and buzzwords. Though our launch schedule for a host of publications, international events and high-level European courses has been marred by the Coronavirus crisis, our vision for the future remain unchanged – to have this Journal be a valuable meeting point of discussions for a trust network emerging organically from an ambitious program of research, training, publication and organization of events.

There are a lot of buzzwords floating around, including digital diplomacy and data diplomacy, but, by cyber diplomacy, we mean the diplomatic activities between states, international institutions and even national institutions cross-border in order to handle cyber issues. Our line-up reflects the inherent diversity of the concept. Cyber acts not only as a medium for communication, coordination and integration of systems, but also as a binding agent for disparate systems in different sectors, different geographic areas and, just as importantly, different jurisdictions. Talk about cyber and, depending on your conversation partner, you may be talking about energy, or finance, about defence and security, or about privacy and consumer protection. There is no advanced or advancing nation which will not increase its degree of digitization of commerce, public administration, education or warfare, and there is no nation which will ever be secure and resilient without approaching the cyber issue with the utmost seriousness. Any who shirk this duty open themselves up not only to random accidents and cascading disruption, but also to deliberate threats with cyber as a means for coercion and subversion.

Cyber is the ultimate crosscutting issue and, in a globalised and globalising world, cyber diplomacy becomes as much of a necessity as science diplomacy, military diplomacy or cultural diplomacy, even moreso. And cyber diplomacy is not just the purview of diplomats, but also of experts in various fields which find that their activity and security is increasingly reliant on transborder cooperation through decision making, standard setting, information sharing and institutional constructivism. It means that diplomats have to be joined by critical infrastructure experts, by cyber experts, by public servants, military and law enforcement personnel and a host of other occupational categories impacted by cyber issues.

Wherever there is discussion and a compromise to be made, you will find diplomacy. Whether it is the setting up of communications lines and information sharing for police work in transborder cyber activities, the sharing of information regarding attacks by cyber terrorists, rogue states and state agents, or the coordination of states believing in a rules-based order that safeguards a complex and interdependent international community, cyber diplomacy will be a natural part of it. This is because the trends are overwhelmingly in favor of an even deeper penetration of cyber into our daily lives, in the functioning of the economy and of states. With the Internet of Things adding trillions of networked sensors, with AI applications, driverless cars, many running on off-the-shelf components and software, as well as the commodification of malware, we see that the surface contact between the cyber realm and society is ever greater and the risks, vulnerabilities and threats more numerous.

Ultimately, in a multipolar world that is shrinking ever more because of advances in logistics and telecommunications, cyber diplomacy may become not just a tool for supporting decision making with regards to governance activities, but also a tool for a "modus vivendi" among an international community which is "condemned to cooperate" by the interdependencies which have accumulated and which care not for clashes of civilization, cultural enmity or historical resentment, but rhather for efficiency, growth, business continuity and quality of life.

International Journal of Cyber Diplomacy is published twice annually.

International Journal of Cyber Diplomacy does not publish advertorial or advertising but exclusively articles on key topics pertaining to cyber diplomacy. As one of the most important aims of this journal is to increase the impact of knowledge as well as to maximize the visibility of the scientific results, International Journal of Cyber Diplomacy does not charge authors any publication fee for online publishing of their materials in the journal. Neither does International Journal of Cyber Diplomacy charge readers for accessing the published materials.

O is an open access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user. Therefore, the users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles in this journal without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the definition of open access of the Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI) which is a public statement of principles related to open access to the research literature, which was released to the public on February 14, 2002.

A special observation should be mentioned that International Journal of Cyber Diplomacy does not charge for article processing (APCs) and article submission fees.

As a consequence, International Journal of Cyber Diplomacy reserves the right to select only the best submitted papers to be published. All submitted papers would be reviewed by at least two reviewers and one member of the editorial board. Please refer to Author's Guidelines for details of reviewing process. Also, to submit your papers please refer to Submit a Manuscript.

Also, according to the legislation in force in Romania, the Legal Deposit is sent to the National Library of Romania and to the Metropolitan Library of Bucharest every time the journal is published.