A global media revolution – driven by digitized information, proliferating platforms, networked convergence, and the timeless need to connect – has arrived. New global actors emerge and gain advantage through access to networked technology. Local incidents, amplified by social media, cable and broadcast news, escalate into global events. But the power of networks also contains within it a new vulnerability, to cyber attacks, negative synergies, and quantum effects. An interconnected world takes on a new precariousness under media-magnified conditions of complexity, volatility, and uncertainty.
The transformative political and social events at the turn of the century - the end of the Cold War, 9/11 attack, and post-colonial transformations in the Middle East, Africa and Asia - all testify to the power of global media. In its multiple and networked forms, global media is no longer a mere conveyor or even catalyst of events; it is a powerful agent in the struggle to understand, manage and better an endangered world. This creates an equally urgent need not only to understand media in but also to create engaged media for the public sphere: a global interest media that produces expert knowledge, assesses ethical implications, and increases public awareness of the global dangers and opportunities ahead.
Although information technology helps drive the transformation in modern media and in many other areas of economic and security affairs, the same technology is also vulnerable to disruption and attack. Cybersecurity remains of critical importance for the foreseeable future and CISS in collaboration with the School of Information Technologies will continue its technical and social analysis on the interpretation and consequences of threats in cyberspace.