What are the rules of cyberspace?

Short animation outlining why countries should strive for a greater acceptance and implementation of rules to ensure stability and security in cyberspace.

Explainer Video Updated 22 April 2021 Published 19 March 2021 3 minute watch

What are the Rules of Cyberspace?

— Short animation outlining why countries should strive for a greater acceptance and implementation of rules to ensure stability and security in cyberspace.

With the number of threats increasing in cyberspace, the views between states on how to deal with those threats and how to govern cyberspace more generally are diverging rather than converging. This reflects the different interests and visions of cyberspace, whether global and open or sovereign and controlled.

As a result, countries have sought to develop a series of voluntary norms or ‘rules of the road’ which help to set the standard of what countries should and should not do in cyberspace. This video outlines the different types of norms and explains why countries should strive towards greater acceptance and implementation of these ‘rules of the road’ to ensure stability and security in cyberspace.

This video is also available in various other languages via our YouTube playlist, and is part of an ongoing project #Cyberspace4All: Towards an Inclusive Approach to Cyberspace Governance being implemented by the International Security programme at Chatham House.This project aims to create an inclusive approach to cyber governance through a series of activities, including regional conferences, multimedia outputs and a special issue of the Journal of Cyber Policy.