Call for Papers 2016: 'Cyber Power'

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In today’s increasingly complex cyberspace we see a variety of actors struggling to gain or maintain their position. The ubiquitous use of information and communication technologies has had a profound influence on how these actors pursue their goals and interests. The 8th International Conference on Cyber Conflict (CyCon 2016) will focus on ‘cyber power’ as one of the core elements of relations between different stakeholders and will discuss how the traditional concept of ‘power’ applies to cyberspace. 

Both ‘hard’ and ‘soft power’ are being employed to achieve strategic and political goals through technical, legal and economic means. But how can we assess such power? How can we ensure that such power remains in the right hands? How can we ensure or enforce ‘cyber power’ without risking conflict escalation? How can we respond to exercises of this power with the right tools and measures? Is there a way to maintain a balance of power in cyberspace? 

 

Important Dates

Abstract submission  1 Oct. 2015
Notification of abstract acceptance 26 Oct. 2015
Full paper 4 Jan. 2016
Author notification 13 Feb. 2016
Final paper 7 Mar. 2016
CyCon 2016 in Tallinn, Estonia 31 May-03 Jun. 2016

TOPICS

The conference solicits original unpublished research. In particular, though not exclusively, we are interested in the technical, legal, political, military and economic perspectives and case studies related to the following relevant to cyber power. 

- Future threats
- Technical models, protocols and platforms
- Situation awareness
- Emerging attack methods
- Resilience
- Attribution and digital forensics
- Targets in cyberspace
- Data/information as power
- New models of warfare and conflict
- Development of cyber capabilities and assets (e.g. commercial, military, research)
- Assessing power
- Arms race, arms control and verification
- Deterrence
- International norms and governance
- Future of diplomacy
- National strategies and policies
- Hacktivism, proxy actors
- Information operations
- Alliances 

SUBMISSION AND GUIDELINES

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Abstracts

Authors are required to first submit an abstract of the planned paper, which should describe the topic and lay out the scope, the structure, the methodology and findings of the research (300-500 words). Anonymised abstracts must be uploaded electronically to https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=cycon2016, for which an account creation is required. 

Paper submission

After a preliminary review and acceptance of the abstract, the respective authors will be requested to submit original and unpublished paper meeting high academic research standards (up to 6000 words, incl. footnotes and references). Submitted papers must follow the guidelines provided here and the word template. The anonymised papers must be uploaded electronically to https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=cycon2016. Submitted papers will be subject to a double-blind peer review by the Academic Review Committee. 

Conference publication

Accepted papers will be published in the printed conference publication with an ISBN and in technical cooperation with the IEEE Estonia Section. The papers will be made digitally available through the conference website. Copyright form is available here.

Presenting at CyCon

Authors of papers accepted for publishing in the conference publication are required to make a corresponding presentation at the conference.

Speakers will be offered travel (booked by NATO CCD COE), transfer from and to Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport, accommodation and lunches for the duration of the conference, and participation in social and sightseeing activities, depending on the final programme of the conference. Please note that in case of several authors for one paper, only one author will be offered the travel, accommodation and free entrance to the conference.

 

STUDENT AWARDS SUBMISSION DETAILS

We are seeking novel and previously unpublished short paper which would provide an overview of a recent Master thesis in the field of cyber security. Students from various disciplines such as computer sciences, law and political sciences are invited to participate. Submissions will be evaluated based on their originality and significance to the conference’s theme “Cyber Power”.

The program committee will accept the best 3 submissions to be presented during CyCon, where the Award Committee will evaluate the presentations and give the awards. Universities of accepted candidates are highly encouraged to support their students to participate in this student session.

Eligibility Criteria

People who have graduated from Master Degree programs no earlier than 01 January 2014.

Candidates must submit the following:

1. Short paper on the thesis in maximum 2500 words written in English
2. Published thesis or dissertation
3. Signed recommendation letter from the university/thesis advisor
4. Curriculum Vitae

The abstracts and manuscripts must be uploaded electronically to https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=cycon2016 with the prefix “STUDENT AWARD SUBMISSION” in their title, after creating an account and the rest of the documents will be uploaded as attachments. By submitting their work, authors accept and give permission for their papers to be published by NATO CCD COE.

Important dates

Submission Deadline: 21 March 2016
Notification of Acceptance: 29 April 2016

Prizes

Best submissions will be presented and prizes awarded at CyCon 2016. The awards comprise of a free conference pass for all invited candidates and the following cash prizes for the top three student papers:

1st place: 1000 Euro
2nd place: 600 Euro
3rd place:  400 Euro

NATO CCD COE will not cover travel or accommodation expenses.

Please see the Student Call for Papers for more details and topic areas.

Questions and inquiries about the Call for Papers: cfp-at-ccdcoe.org