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Makt og avmakt i cyberspace: hvordan styre det digitale rom?

Written by

Lilly Pijnenburg Muller
Former employee



A secure cyberspace is a necessity for the functioning of the economic, political and social structures of modern-day society. The stability and development of cyberspace is not preordained, but something that has to be facilitated.

Cyberspace is constantly changing and to govern the complex set of interests, agendas and implications multistakeholder initiatives that promote cooperation between the public and private sector and civil society are increasingly put forth as the solution. This form for cooperation is widely seen in the policy community as a panacea for securing cyberspace. While academics have questioned these initiatives’ functionality, few have studied why they do not work in practice. By focusing on the power dynamics between the different actors this article takes a step towards understanding how these dynamics create conflict of interest in governing cyberspace. Through case studies of multistakeholder initiatives on the international level and in Norway, this paper argues that these initiatives are implemented without the necessary preconditions for such a form of governance.

This article is published in Norwegian.
  • Published year: 2016
  • DOI: 10.17585/ip.v74.428
  • Language: Norsk
  • Pages: 1 - 23
  • Volume: 74
  • Booklet: 4
  • Journal: Internasjonal Politikk


  • Security policy
  • Cyber
  • International organizations

Written by

Lilly Pijnenburg Muller
Former employee