The Editors of the Yearbook of the Institute of East-Central Europe (IESW) invite paper proposals for the Special Issue of the Yearbook that will examine diverse aspects of information security (InfoSec) in East-Central Europe and their implications for the dynamics of political and economic developments in the region.
Broadly defined, InfoSec means either protecting information against unauthorized – be it accidental or intentional – disclosure, modification, destruction, or preventing uncontrolled processing of information. To this end, diverse security instruments are employed to secure confidentiality, integrity and availability of information. As technological advancements and novel ways of employing information and communication technologies trigger the evolution of the challenges and threats to security, InfoSec has become one of the most important dimensions of security today. It is plausible to argue that InfoSec has redefined the concept and the perception of warfare in inter-state relations today. The developments in Ukraine and in the broader area of East-Central Europe attest to that. What follows is that as the InfoSec-related threats challenge the citizens’ safety and security, and have their repercussions on political, social and economic stability in the region and its overall resilience, InfoSec needs to be rethought. This Special Issue will contribute to that.
The Editors welcome paper proposals addressing (but not limited to) the following issues/questions:
- Theoretical aspects of InfoSec;
- Instruments and mechanisms of information influence;
- InfoSec vis-à-vis safety and security;
- Typology of InfoSec-related threats, incl. cyber-threats;
- Policies and policy-strategies employed to address InfoSec-threats;
- Sustainability of InfoSec-threats;
- Civil society and the democratic media space;
- Case studies, including:
a) Russian-speaking media as a source of threat
b) Media and the crisis in Ukraine, etc.