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Rise of a Cybered Westphalian Age   [open pdf - 742KB]

From the article: "All states, in one way or another, will reach out to control what they fear from the Internet--the lack of sovereign control over what comes through their borders. Thus the transformation from frontier to regulated substrate across cyberspace has begun. While it is not recognized as such nor publicly endorsed by most democratic leaders, a cyberspace regulating process is happening, building the initial blocks of emergent national virtual fences. [...] This process may be meandering, but we argue it was inevitable, given the international system of states and consistent with the history of state formation and consolidation. As cyberspace is profoundly man-made, no impossible barriers hinder the growth of national borders in cyberspace. They are possible technologically, comfortable psychologically, and manageable systemically and politically. Small steps in securing against threats will lead to further steps over time and, especially, in response to discoveries such as Stuxnet or its derivatives in the future."

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2011
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Public Domain
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Air University: http://www.au.af.mil/au/
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Strategic Studies Quarterly (Spring 2011), v.5 no.1 p.32-61
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