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Triggering the Norms Cascade: Brazil's Initiatives for Curbing Electronic Espionage

Triggering the Norms Cascade: Brazil's Initiatives for Curbing Electronic Espionage Global Governance 21 (2015), 455–474 Triggering the Norms Cascade: Brazil’s Initiatives for Curbing Electronic Espionage Adriana Erthal Abdenur and Carlos Frederico Pereira da Silva Gama How do rising powers engage in norms entrepreneurship on issues of global relevance? This article analyzes Brazil’s efforts to mobilize support for international regulation of electronic espionage. More specifically, the article examines Brazil’s reframing of electronic espionage as an issue of development and human rights (rather than merely a security one) as part of an effort to trigger a norms cascade that would significantly modify what is viewed as acceptable use of the Internet by state agencies. Through this reframing, Brazil has begun to push for broader Internet gov- ernance reform as a prerequisite for curbing electronic espionage. In as- suming the role of norms entrepreneur, Brazil incurs both opportunities and risks to its role and image as an innovative multilateralist. KEYWORDS: norms, United Nations, espionage, Brazil. IN SEPTEMBER 2013, BRAZILIAN PRESIDENT DILMA ROUSSEFF USED BRAZIL’S traditional soapbox as first speech giver at the UN General Assembly to voice concern over revelations of electronic espionage by the US government and its allies. Addressing representatives from 193 states, Rousseff called on the UN to “play http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations Brill

Triggering the Norms Cascade: Brazil's Initiatives for Curbing Electronic Espionage

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Global Governance 21 (2015), 455–474 Triggering the Norms Cascade: Brazil’s Initiatives for Curbing Electronic Espionage Adriana Erthal Abdenur and Carlos Frederico Pereira da Silva Gama How do rising powers engage in norms entrepreneurship on issues of global relevance? This article analyzes Brazil’s efforts to mobilize support for international regulation of electronic espionage. More specifically, the article examines Brazil’s reframing of electronic espionage as an issue of development and human rights (rather than merely a security one) as part of an effort to trigger a norms cascade that would significantly modify what is viewed as acceptable use of the Internet by state agencies. Through this reframing, Brazil has begun to push for broader Internet gov- ernance reform as a prerequisite for curbing electronic espionage. In as- suming the role of norms entrepreneur, Brazil incurs both opportunities and risks to its role and image as an innovative multilateralist. KEYWORDS: norms, United Nations, espionage, Brazil. IN SEPTEMBER 2013, BRAZILIAN PRESIDENT DILMA ROUSSEFF USED BRAZIL’S traditional soapbox as first speech giver at the UN General Assembly to voice concern over revelations of electronic espionage by the US government and its allies. Addressing representatives from 193 states, Rousseff called on the UN to “play

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Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International OrganizationsBrill

Published: Aug 19, 2015

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