Governments, enterprises, and consumers depend on the global information infrastructure, which faces an escalating number and sophistication of cyber threats. The information infrastructure is also rapidly evolving, as technology providers and customers create and embrace new innovations such as cloud computing, data analytics, and machine learning to transform and digitize their operations, lowering costs, increasing productivity, and enhancing security. As such, cyber security, cloud security, and the resiliency of the computing ecosystem is an increasing concern and priority for governments globally. The Digital Diplomacy team works with governments and industry partners to help shape commercially reasonable governmental policies that advance cyber security and enable Microsoft and our partners and customers to innovate and compete in a complex, global policy and regulatory environment.

The aim of this Capstone is to see how like-minded liberal democracy coalition around cybersecurity policy issues evolved and its implications on future norms and broader policy debates. As the liberal democracy coalition dissolves and evolves, what are the possible scenarios for new formations of coalitions or dynamic coalitions that come together and disband?  How would this impact the creation of an internationally binding treaty?  The aperture of the project focus will extend beyond the traditional coalitions found within the UN and consider more broadly and look also to the national level.