The Cyber Frontier

Written by

Niels Nagelhus Schia

Seniorforsker, NUPIs forskningssenter for digitalisering og cybersikkerhet



The cyber frontier perspective serves to explicate that the Global South’s participation in digitalization is not simply a matter of joining cyberspace. On the contrary, it is a matter of selective forms of global connection in combination with disconnection and exclusion. Firstly, I contextualize security concerns by describing the trajectory of digitalization in the Global South. I then explore how “technological leapfrogging” can create new and unique societal vulnerabilities.

By linking digitalization with security and economic growth, cybersecurity is seen in connection with development assistance and the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Finally, I hold that this triple knot represents an opportunity for donors such as the EU to foster new types of development assistance building on a continued engagement in the Global South.

  • Published year: 2016
  • Language: Engelsk
  • Pages: 82 - 94
  • Volume: 2
  • Booklet: 4
  • Journal: European cybersecurity journal