The question mark in the figure below captures the challenge, namely, to reduce the gap in our understanding. This gap is augmented by differential rates of changes along each trajectory of the arrows. The dynamics embedded therein are driven by technology, policy, and practice. The challenge embedded in the question mark must be “unbundled” and its elements identified.
The challenge is to reduce the disconnect between cyberspace and the conventional venues of international relations, and help create the fundamentals for aligning contemporary international relations theory, policy, and practice with the emergent complexities of the twenty-first century. Clearly, each of these two “spaces” – the cyber and the international – are defined by different core principles and characterized by distinct features of structure and process that enable, and are enabled by, a wide range of actors and activities.
The complexity of interconnections between of cyberspace and international relations requires a multidisciplinary approach for assisting stakeholders —including governmental, scientific, and industrial stakeholders — in (a) sharing a common understanding of the challenges, (b) accessing relevant knowledge bases, (c) exchanging expertise and perspectives, and (d) enhancing and improving all cyber-related capabilities.
CyberIR@MIT was designed in response to such daunting conditions. It is constructed around interactive knowledge resources and supported by a set of functionalities associated with research, policy, and practice.
As an interactive knowledge system, it supports an evolving, quality-controlled database that includes submissions by users and provides search options over the entire knowledge base's component-domains (or topics), consisting of detailed knowledge-profiles of actors, actions, problems, and solution strategies.