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New CIGI book explores cyber security, hacktivism

August 6, 2014  

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A new book released through the Global Security & Politics Program at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), as part of its ongoing program of work for the joint CIGI-Chatham House Global Commission on Internet Governance, explores the most pressing challenges to be faced in the evolution of Internet governance over the next five years.

Organized Chaos: Reimagining the Internet, co-edited by Mark Raymond and Gordon Smith, is written by leading experts from academic disciplines and practitioner communities in Canada, the U.S. and the United Kingdom. Contributors address a range of pressing challenges, including cyber-security issues and civil society hacktivism by groups such as Anonymous, and consider the international political implications of some of the most likely Internet governance scenarios in the 2015–2020 timeframe.

“The chapters in this volume…highlight challenges stemming from a rapid escalation in tensions that may well erode the legitimacy of existing Internet governance mechanisms and inhibit efforts to reform or replace them with legitimate alternatives,” say Raymond and Smith. The editors add that the “appropriately practical recommendations and conclusions recognize that the world is a complicated, messy place without easy choices, and that no single actor can dictate outcomes.”

Organized Chaos: Reimagining the Internet is available for purchase ($25 paperback; $12.50 eBook) at

Review copies for those considering using the book as course material are available by contacting

CIGI, a Waterloo, Ont.-based think tank that focuses on international governance, was founded in 2001 by Jim Balsillie, then co-CEO of Research In Motion Inc.

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