How Australia engages with international allies in global cyber space

In this “Secure in Mind” podcast episode, Dr Tobias Feakin, the Australian Ambassador of Cyber Affairs, discussed the country’s strategic position and future projected outcomes within the global cyber sphere

11 Set 2019

Dr Tobias Feakin is the Ambassador for Cyber Affairs at the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and holds a PhD in International Relations with a focus on Cyber Security.

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Before taking on his government position, Tobias started his career working in think tanks, including the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, where he founded the International Cyber Policy Centre.

Where does Australia stand in cyber space: its vision and developments

In our chat, which I think both of us enjoyed, we covered a lot of ground: cyber space in government, business and society, IP rights and encryption systems, policy and politics, international alliances and relations, internet core values and their preservation…

Specifically, we focused on the Australian Cyber Affairs government department’s agenda, on Australia’s strategy within the global cyber scenario as a nation state and on the country’s links with the EU – and, naturally, how to strengthen them.

The Australian strategic engagement in the global cyber sphere

Tobias fervently illustrated the broad and far-reaching mandate of the International Cyber Engagement Strategy, comprising cybercrime, digital trade and international security, alongside the promotion of cyber capacity made in Australia. We agree on many points, philosophise about some grey areas, agree on complexity in others, push lines of in more.

We moved onto the agenda of the Australian government, including IP rights and theft, human rights and democracy, internet governance and architecture rebuilding versus the creation of a multi-stakeholder infrastructure at the national level.

Finally, we delved deep into how technology can be used to foster country development at the political, economic and societal level, as well as the need to engender international dialogue and cooperation to preserve the core positive benefits of the internet.

I’m sure you’ll get a lot from this chat so tune in and check it out.

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