Creating a secure cyberspace – Securitization in Internet governance discourses and dispositives in Germany and Russia


  • David Gorr
  • Wolf J Schünemann



This article deals with the phenomenon of securitization in the emerging policy field of Internet governance. In essence, it presents a combination of theoretical reflections preparing the grounds for a comparative analysis of respective discourses and so-called dispositives as well as preliminary findings from such a comparative project. In the following sections we firstly present some theoretical reflections on the structural conditions of Internet regulation in general and the role and relevance of securitization in particular. Secondly, we shed light on how securitization is constructed and how it might affect the build-up process of instruments of Internet regulation. How does securitization happen, how does it work in different societies/states? Which discursive elements can be identified in elites’ discourses? And which politico-legal dispositives do emanate from discourse? In a third section we illustrate our reflections with some preliminary findings from a comparison of cybersecurity discourses and dispositives in Germany and Russia.




How to Cite

Gorr, David, and Wolf J Schünemann. 2013. “Creating a Secure Cyberspace – Securitization in Internet Governance Discourses and Dispositives in Germany and Russia”. The International Review of Information Ethics 20 (December). Edmonton, Canada:37-51.