The Digital Global Age: Contested Commons

Prof. Valerio De Luca, Director of Global Security and Foreign Affairs program, a joint program Academy Aises and American studies center of Rome participates in Risk Roundup with Jayshree Pandya to discuss “The Digital Global Age: Contested Commons”.



The revolution in information, communication and digitalization technologies, processes and connected computers are altering everything in cyberspace, geospace and space. Everything is changing: from how we communicate to how we work, how we bank, how we shop, how we teach and how we go to war and much more. The emergence of this whole new world of cyberspace has given nations: its governments, industries, organizations, academia and individuals (NGIOA-I) great opportunity as well as great risk.

The evolution in cyberspace will offer each nation as many opportunities as it does challenges!

The world is undergoing a profound and perhaps permanent shift in the relative balance of power among nations: its government, industries, organizations and academia (NGIOA). The connected computers, information technology and digitalization capability of information that is revolutionizing every aspect of NGIOA-I—has leveled the opportunity playing field and brought nations a possibility of progress, prosperity and pride. What needs to be seen is whether in the leveled opportunity playing field, nations will be able to compete and lay a new foundation for lasting prosperity or decline and descent.

In cyberspace, what is common to all is access to technology and information. But what is not common is how one uses that information, for what purpose and goals. While internet and connected computers have given nations the same starting point in access to technology, information and opportunity, there are many other variables that will determine whether a nation will be able to use the opportunity and information to develop, progress, and succeed.

History says that there has never been a lasting empire or civilization and the world is full of the debris of past civilizations. Cyberspace has also brought nations, to a juncture of rebirth and reorganization or inescapable decline. It is a known fact that nations’ generally fall from within, and this fall is arguably due to being unable to take advantage of their industries and individuals huge potential for growth. What’s more tragic is that this kind of failure is largely by design. Nations that are ruled by governments that destroy incentives, discourage innovation, handicap industries by unnecessary regulations and sap the talent of their citizens by creating a tilted opportunity playing field and robbing them of possibilities, will eventually die from within. Similarly, nations that have been built on manipulation will inevitably fail in cyberspace, taking an entire corrupt system down with them. So the question is, what can nations: its government, industries, organizations and academia (NGIOA) do independently and collectively to improve its competitive and innovative positions in the world, thereby tipping the scale of cyberspace in its favor?

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About the Guest
Prof. Valerio De Luca, Director of Global Security and Foreign Affairs program, a joint program Academy Aises and American studies center of Rome. He is also the Secretary General at DIPLOMATIA, Rome and Executive President at LEADER PLATFORM, London. He is also the Founder and Chairman of the International Academy for Social and Economic Development (AISES) and Director of the Global Rules Ethics and Economics Network (G.R.E.E.N.), that involves research centers at London School of Economics, Science Po of Paris, La Sapienza University of Rome, Strathmore Business School of Nairobi.

About the Host of Risk Roundup
Jayshree Pandya (née Bhatt) is a visionary leader, who is working passionately with imagination, insight and boldness to achieve “Global Peace through Risk Management”. It is her strong belief that collaboration between and across nations: its government, industries, organizations and academia (NGIOA) will be mutually beneficial to all—for not only in the identification and understanding of critical risks facing one nation, but also for managing the interconnected and interdependent risks facing all nations. She calls on nations to build a shared sense of identity and purpose, for how the NGIOA framework is structured will determine the survival and success of nations in the digital global age. She sees the big picture, thinks strategically and works with the power of intentionality and alignment for a higher purpose—for her eyes are not just on the near at hand but on the future of humanity!
At Risk Group, Jayshree is defining the language of risks and currently developing thought leadership, researching needed practices, tools, framework and systems to manage the “strategic and shared risks” facing nations in a “Global Age”. She believes that cyberspace cannot be secured if NGIOA works in silo within and across its geographical boundaries. As cyber-security requires an integrated NGIOA approach with a common language, she has recently launched “cyber-security risk research center” that will merge the boundaries of “geo-security, cyber-security and space-security”.
Previously, she launched and managed “Risk Management Matters”, an online risk journal and one of the first risk publications, publishing “Industry Risk Reports of Biotechnology, Energy, Healthcare, Nanotechnology, and Natural Disasters” over the course of five years. Jayshree’s inaugural book, “The Global Age: NGIOA @ Risk”, was published by Springer in 2012.

About Risk Roundup

“Risk Roundup” is an “integrated strategic security risk dialogue” for nations: its government,  industries, organizations and academia (NGIOA) in cyberspace, geospace and space (CGS).Risk Roundup is released in both audio and video format and is available for subscription at (Risk Group WebsiteiTunesGoogle PlayStitcher RadioAndroid, and Risk Group Professional Social Media).

About Risk Group
Risk Group believes that risk management, security and peace walk together hand in hand. Though security is related to management of threats and peace to the management of conflict, risk management is related to management of security vulnerabilities as well as management of conflict, and it is not possible to conceive any one of the three without the existence of the other two. All three concepts feed into each other. Risk Group believes that the security we build for ourselves is precarious and uncertain until it is secured for everyone across nations. Tradition becomes our security-so if we build a culture of managing risks effectively it will lead us to security and security will lead us to peace!

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