In our mission to safeguard the vulnerable in cyberspace and foster a secure, inclusive digital environment, we recognize the potential blind spots that can emerge during continuous crises and disruptions. To address this, we monitor these disruptions by tracking technological advances, changes in digital behavior, shifts in the information realm, and the enactment of digital regulations in a volatile geopolitical context.
Our anticipation and foresight efforts research and analyse the impact of emerging and disruptive technologies on the security of vulnerable communities in cyberspace. We are currently focusing our anticipation efforts on artificial intelligence and quantum computing, well knowing that we will have to adapt our focus to the changing technology landscape. On a capability level, we also aim to strengthen our foresight capacity by partaking in foresight exercises and collaborating with other futures organizations.
Investigating the double-edged sword
Artificial intelligence (AI) has undoubtedly garnered the most worldwide attention in recent months. AI refers to computer systems capable of performing tasks typically requiring some form of intelligence. As these technologies are being increasingly adopted and employed by civil society organisations in their daily operations, we work to anticipate the effects of AI on cyberpeace.
Sophisticated AI technology poses greater challenges to upholding a safe cyberspace, offering malicious actors greater capabilities for cyberattacks. However, just as AI can enhance the potential for cyberattacks, it can similarly provide new capabilities for defence. The CyberPeace Institue is conducting research on the way AI may modify and impact cyberspace, with our latest research and blog posts available here.
COMING SOON: QUANTUM COMPUTING – A PRIMER
Encryption and cryptography in danger
Quantum Computing (QC), both promises extraordinary opportunities to accelerate change and open new frontiers, whilst simultaneously posing significant threats to privacy and data protection through encryption. Quantum Computing makes use of the quantum states of subatomic particles to solve problems that are too complicated for traditional, binary, computers.
One of the main threats to cybersecurity is the speed at which QC can decrypt codes and data. Civil society sectors collect, manage and process large volumes of data electronically, including highly sensitive and personal information, often related to vulnerable individuals. QC poses a danger to this encrypted, and sensitve data. Post-quantum or quantum resistant cryptography will therefore play a crucial role in solving data privacy and security problems by providing stronger encryption algorithms that are resistant to QC.
The Institute supports a human-centric approach to ensure that vulnerable communities are aware of the risks of QC to encryption, and provided with access to quantum-safe cryptography as QC is being developed. The CyberPeace Institute conducts research and writes blogs, exploring the implications of QC on encryption, data protection, and cyberpeace. We are also in active collaboration with the Geneva Science and Diplomacy Anticipator (GESDA) and their Open Quantum Institute (OQI) to ensure a human-centric approach to cybersecurity in the age of quantum computing.