17 April 2010

At Internet Conference, Signs of Agreement Appear Between U.S. and Russia

(New York Times)
For the 140 computer network specialists, law enforcement agents and diplomats from eight countries who met in this German ski resort for a Russian-sponsored conference on Internet security, the biggest challenge was finding a common ground to discuss their differences. The barrier was not the variety of native languages but deep differences in how governments view cyberspace. Americans speak about computer security and cyberwarfare; the Russians have a different emphasis, describing cyberspace in a broader framework they refer to as information security. What has changed, however, is the Obama administration’s decision this year to begin actively discussing these differences with the Russians. The two nations, according to Russian officials, have agreed to renew bilateral discussions that began last November in Washington.