|Full Title: "Cyber-Development, Cyber-Democracy and Cyber-Defense. Challenges, Opportunities and Implications for Theory,
Policy and Practice."
In this volume, contributors from academia, industry, and policy explore the inter-connections among economic development,
socio-political democracy, and defense and security in the context of a profound transformation, spurred by globalization
and supported by the rapid development of information and communication technologies (ICT). This powerful combination of forces
is changing the way we live, and redefining the way companies conduct business and national governments pursue strategies
of innovation, economic growth, and diplomacy.
Integrating theoretical frameworks, empirical research, and case studies, the editors and contributors have organized the
chapters into three major sections, focusing on cyber-development, cyber-democracy, and cyber-defense.
The authors define cyber-development as a set of tools, methodologies, and practices that leverage ICT to catalyze and accelerate
social, political, and economic development, with an emphasis on making the transition to knowledge-based economies. One underlying
understanding here is that knowledge, knowledge creation, knowledge production and knowledge application (innovation) behave
as crucial drivers for enhancing democracy, society, and the economy. By promoting dissemination and sharing of knowledge,
cyber-democracy allows a knowledge conversion of the local into the global (gloCal) and vice versa, resulting in a gloCal
platform for communication and knowledge interaction and knowledge enhancement. Meanwhile, technology-enabled interconnectivity
increases the need to adopt new methods and actions for protection against existing threats and possible challenges to emerge
in the future. The final section contemplates themes of cyber-defense and security, as well as emerging theories and values,
legal aspects, and trans-continental links (NATO, international organizations, and bilateral relations between states). Collectively,
the authors present a unique collection of insights and perspectives on the challenges and opportunities inspired by connectivity.