Private Cybersecurity


Multinational technology firms, most notably Microsoft, have recently been using the language and trappings of international diplomacy to help cultivate political influence globally. How do firms seek to shape international normative orders around cybersecurity and the appropriate role of private actors? What is the political role of recent ‘bandwagons’ of firms, such as Microsoft’s ‘Tech Accord’? This project is housed at, and funded by, the Normative Orders Research Cluster at Goethe University Frankfurt and the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt.

Project PIs: Anjo Peez, Robert Gorwa, Nicole Deitelhoff



. Big Tech Hits the Diplomatic Circuit: Norm Entrepreneurship, Policy Advocacy, and Microsoft’s Cybersecurity Tech Accord. In Governing Cyberspace: Behavior, Power, and Diplomacy, edited by Dennis Broeders and Bibi van den Berg. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2020.

PDF Project v1

. Cyber Conflict in Political Science: A Review of Methods and Literature. International Studies Association (Toronto, March 27-30), 2019.

Project SocArXiv