Technology // Analysis

03 october 2016

“The Hacked World Order” – How Messed Up are We?

Maria Gurova Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations, RIAC Expert


“The Hacked World Order” by Adam Segal, director of the program on digital and cyberspace policy at the Council on Foreign Relations, was published in the early 2016 and is one of the latest attempts to cover all the events in the cyber domain. This is an extremely ambitious task executed by one of the best professionals in the area. “The Hacked World Order” can be even seen as a contemporary history textbook of how cyberspace has evolved over the last decade or so.

12 april 2016

The Moon Was Shining, The Stars Were Bright…

Alexei Fenenko PhD in History, Leading research fellow at RAS Institute of International Security Problems, Associate Professor at School of world politics of MSU, RIAC expert


The RAND report’s subtitle is particularly noteworthy: “Past Problems and Future Challenges”. It shows that the authors are trying to bridge the gap between past attempts at studying the militarization of space, the present situation, and modelling future problems. At first glance, the report appears to be a purely technical analysis of the United States’ current programmes to militarize space. In actual fact, however, it contains a layer of information that provokes further thought and reflection.

22 march 2016

The Web Data War Is On

Julien Nocetti Research Fellow at the French Institute of International Relations (IFRI)


Apple, the world’s largest company by market capitalization and a pioneer of cutting-edge technology that we use every day, is in one corner. The United States, the world’s most powerful nation and the birthplace of the information society, which is also a society of total surveillance than envelops us all, is in the other. They have locked horns in a conflict that is set to have both global and local implications.

10 february 2016

Cyberspace: Can Real Players be Brought Together Virtually?

Elena Zinovieva PhD in Political Science, World Political Processes Department of the MGIMO University


Each year Europe and the US celebrate a Safer Internet Day encouraging web literacy among their citizens, especially the young ones – children and students. However, recently international community has been trying to widen the cyber agenda and work more closely on managing cyber threats, securing personal data and overall international cyber cooperation. Further below you will find an Russian expert view on recent report featured by Carnegie Europe covering major issues of Transatlantic cyber cooperation and leadership.

27 october 2015

Better than a “Global Player”. Interview with Yandex Product Marketing Director


In times of economic crisis many people emphasize the necessity of diversifying the Russian economy and stimulating the development of advanced technologies. Director of Product Marketing at Yandex Andrey Sebrant have discussed with RIAC international activities of the company, principles of working abroad and the research intensity of the Russian economy.

21 september 2015

Cradle of Surveillance

Maria Gurova Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations, RIAC Expert


We live in a world that seems borderless and limitless. You can find almost anything you want with a short Google-search. Most of us do not believe that we are being watched. How do you feel about it? That your government can extract your personal information from your laptop, tablet, cellphone? Some would become fearful, anxious and paranoid. However, there are those who do not mind and tacitly support their state’s vision of national security. Nearly 5.5 million such people constitute a prosperous and advanced nation living in the city-state of Singapore.

28 august 2015

Ru.Wikipedia — How Hard Is It to Exist in the New Russia?


In the wake of Roskomnadzor’s announcement that Russian Wikipedia may be shut down, the editors of the RIAC webpage have asked the executive director of Wikimedia Russia to share his ideas on the situation. In the interview below, Stanislav Kozlovsky describes the structure of Wikipedia, the copyright aspect and how the Russian Law on Foreign Agents has influenced

27 august 2015

Diplomacy in space

Robin Seemangal Journalist for The New York Observer, Founder/Director of Deepcor Media Former communications director of the Himalayan Consensus - an NGO based in Kathmandu, Nepal


The construction and operation of the International Space Station has helped pioneer a new era of human exploration and cooperation between these nations. The ISS, as an effective foreign policy tool, has fostered peaceful relations between nations while creating a platform where hostilities and clashing political ideologies are forgotten in favor of scientific innovation. With the world’s geopolitical climate constantly changing, can the International Space Station remain a focal point for peace and human progress?

18 june 2015

iEurope: European Integration vs. Internet Fragmentation

Pavel Sharikov PhD in Political Science, Director of the Applied Research Center, RAS Institute for U.S. and Canadian Studies


In 2012, Harvard researcher Jonah Force Hill discovered an Internet trend he titled fragmentation, i.e. the drive toward the nationalization of the Internet within individual states, despite the information space’s global nature. There are plenty of examples of this, and proof that this phenomenon is taking place is abundant. Each state has its own domain, with statistical corroboration indicating that national websites are always more popular than foreign ones.

11 june 2015

Bone of Contention between Silicon Valley and Washington

Evgeny Rogovsky PhD, Economics. Center for Military and Industrial Policy Institute for US and Canadian Studies


The Democratic-led U.S. administration and hi-tech community located in San Francisco (often referred to as Silicon Valley) have always relied on each other. But according to recently published articles, there appear to be complications in their relationship. Currently, the most divisive difference between them seems to be innovations associated with the anonymous digital currency (“bitcoin”).

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