Governing Conversations: BRICS & Cybersecurity

Governing Conversations aims to provide scholars in the digital governance field and interested audiences alike a time for genuine reflection and critical perspectives, without the need for a connection to recent events, or academic presentations. The series is co-created by the Digital Interests Lab at NYU, and the Information Society Project at Yale Law School, and the theme of Cybersecurity is co-Sponsored by Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV)’s Center for Technology and Society & CyberBRICS Project. The second webinar of the series was held in August 18, 2022.

A specific and powerful bloc has emerged in the digital governance space and otherwise, the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) countries. Our panelists will discuss the increasing relevance of cybersecurity for the BRICS countries, the recent national policymaking developments occurred in this area at the BRICS level, and the recent calls from BRICS leaders to enhance cooperation on cybersecurity matters. The 2021 BRICS Summit Declaration enshrined the bloc’s five members pledged to pursue enhanced cooperation on cybersecurity issues, including by “establishing legal frameworks of cooperation among BRICS” and exploring the development of a BRICS intergovernmental agreement on cybersecurity. This panel will discuss BRICS cybersecurity concerns, and solutions from the perspectives of the BRICS countries.

Sofia Chang, Researcher, CyberBRICS Project

Arindrajit Basu, Research Lead, Centre for Internet and Society, India
Kseniia Ermoshina Researcher, CNRS Centre Internet et Société
Sizwe Snail, Professor, Nelson Mandela University; Former Board Member, Information Regulator of South Africa
Luca Belli, Coordinator, Center for Technology and Society at FGV: Director CyberBRICS