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Mini Track Call for Papers on Psychological Warfare, New Technologies and Political Instability in Contemporary World

Mini Track Chair: Prof. Evgeny Pashentsev, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia

ICCWS 2019 Mini Track on Psychological Warfare, New Technologies and Political Instability in Contemporary World

The 21st century has seen a plethora of armed conflicts and revolutions where the elements and tools of Psychological Warfare (PW) have been used to affect the political stability of countries and regions. Conflicts are fought on two different but parallel levels, which has led to the strengthening of a number of discernible trends. Information, knowledge and their use has become an integral part in political and armed conflict and psychological warfare is used in parallel to traditional physical combat. This is due in no small part to the fact that the outcomes of war are determined by political rather than military factors. Under such circumstances it is possible to win battles militarily, but ultimately lose the war politically. The ways that these types of conflict are initiated and waged are becoming increasingly sophisticated. One can expect a system usage of a wide variety of new technologies on tactical, operational and strategic levels of psychological warfare.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • the role and practice of psychological warfare in the modern geopolitical confrontation, civil and military conflicts and counter-terrorist activity;
  • new opportunities given to psychological warfare by the combination of Big Data analysis, the results of neuroscience research and nudge technologies. Prognostic weapons;
  • artificial intelligence and psychological warfare;
  • psychotronic warfare and psychotropic warfare;
  • molecular communication in the warfare;
  • genetic engineering, cyborgization and psychological warfare;
  • psychological effects of biological warfare;
  • psychological warfare elements in hybrid warfare, unconventional warfare, counter- unconventional warfare;
  • psychological warfare through Internet and social networks;
  • strategic deception and new technologies;
  • theoretical backgrounds of psychological warfare through new technologies.

Mini Track Call for Papers on Big Data Privacy and Cloud Security

Mini Track Chair: Joey Jansen van Vuuren,Cybersecurity Centre of Innovation Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria, South Africa

ICCWS 2019 Mini Track Call for Papers on Big Data Privacy and Cloud Security

With the introduction of cloud services the role of Big Data analytics and cybersecurity has increased. Consumers are now working within the diverse composition of hardware, operating systems, and network domains. Thus issues surrounding security have become more complex. Added to this complexity are the privacy challenges that affect governments, industry and especially citizens. A country’s policies and laws may be written to protect its citizens, but it inevitably could also give the government access and control of its citizens’ personal information. This could lead to the abuse of those who are critical of a ruling government and its policies.

But citizens’ privacy is also made vulnerable by their use of social media. One could see from recent examples (such as the Facebook Cambridge Analytica scandal) that social networks themselves can also compromise and exploit the information of their subscribers, as the security and privacy of data is dependent on the security of the social network platform (or cloud hosting site) and the privacy laws of the country where that platform is hosted. Thus there is a pressing need for more in-depth research in how these issues can be addressed, especially in terms of policy, without curtailing and infringing on the rights of users. Cultural practices and their relation to power in certain contexts (e.g. within Africa) may also affect security issues.

This panel/stream invites proposals that explore some of these issues, with a strong focus on cybersecurity in Big Data and cloud security systems.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Big Data and Cloud Security Systems
  • Fake News and False Narratives
  • Identity Theft
  • Freedom of expression
  • Personal Information Privacy and Privacy Violations
  • Data analytics on Social Media

Mini Track Call for Papers on Africa’s Contribution to Global Cybersecurity

Mini Track Chair: Dr Jackie Phahlamohlaka, CSIR, South Africa

ICCWS 2019 Mini Track Call for Papers on Africa’s Contribution to Global Cybersecurity

It could be argued that African countries often experience enormous challenges in maintaining and promoting cybersecurity, however recently many African countries, organisations and individuals are making contributions to global cybersecurity.

One key example is that of Mauritius which has been ranked in the top ten among 193 member states according to the 2017 international Telecommunication (ITU) global cybersecurity Index (CGI) (shorturl.at/cixR4), and another is  the South African software security company Thinkst operates all over the US and Europe  (shorturl.at/bhuEV).

Furthermore it can be seen that the circumstances and challenges found in Africa present to the world many unique opportunities to experiment with innovative solutions in the cyber domain. This mini-track invites papers that showcase African contributions to global cybersecurity.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Cybersecurity Governance in African Countries
  • Cybersecurity Awareness Programmes in Rural or Impoverished Regions
  • African Cybersecurity Innovations
  • Cybersecurity Research in African Institutions
  • African Cyber Defence and Security Capabilities
  • International implications of African Cybersecurity advances
  • Case Studies of good or innovative practice of cybersecurity initiatives in Africa

Mini Track Call for Papers on Legal Perspectives to Cyber Warfare and Security

Mini Track Chair: Trishana Ramluckan, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

ICCWS 2019 Mini Track Call for Papers on Legal Perspectives to Cyber Warfare and Security

An increasing global dependence on powerful technological capabilities together with the disruptive characteristics of cyber-attackers threatens national and international security through a vulnerable Internet. With the growing threat of cyber-crime and state-sponsored cyber-attacks, many countries are developing legislation to deal with cyber-threats. This may be based on international and regional guidance. Often the legislation focus is on cyber-crime, while there are attempts at setting international legal guidance for cyber-operations such as the Tallinn manuals. This mini-track should highlight the legal perspective at national, regional, and international contexts, and the challenges encountered in the development and acceptance of the relevant laws.

This mini-track invites papers that explore the legal aspects to cyber-operations and cyber-security at international and national levels.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Applicability of international law to cyber-operations and cyber-crime
  • National legislation related to cyber-security, cyber-operations and cyber-crime
  • Legal challenges when dealing with digital crimes and cyber-attacks
  • Development of legislation and policies for cyber-security, cyber-operations and cyber-crime

Mini Track Call for Papers on Securing Cyber-Physical Systems against Cyber-Attacks

Mini Track Chair: Brett van Niekerk, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

ICCWS 2019 Mini Track Call for Papers on Securing Cyber-Physical Systems against Cyber-Attacks

An increasing focus on digital economies and ‘smart’ technology has an impact on cyber-security, at both the organisational and national levels, as is evidenced by the increasing IoT-based attacks and successful intrusions into industrial control systems. Examples include the attacks on the Ukrainian power grid, and the Mirai IoT botnet which was responsible for the Dyn and Liberia DDoS attacks. Despite the increasing number of successful cyber-attacks against cyber-physical systems, organisations are not still not providing adequate security for existing systems, and are introducing IoT projects without sufficient consideration of the security implications.

This mini-track invites papers that explore topics related to the cyber-security of cyber-physical systems.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Cyber-security of cyber-physical systems (including ICS, SCADA, IoT/IIoT)
  • Governing cyber-physical systems (including ICS, SCADA, IoT/IIoT)
  • Research on the impact of IoT and IIoT on cyber-security and critical infrastructure protection
  • Vulnerability assessments of cyber-physical systems
  • Case studies of cyber-attacks against cyber-physical systems
  • Cyber-security and the Fourth Industrial Revolution (including smart cities, smart grids etc)
  • Security challenges in OT vs IT