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Digitalization and security sector governance and reform

2 December, 2022



This SSR Backgrounder discusses the impacts of digitalization on good governance of the security sector. As an emerging security challenge, digitalization and the digital processes associated with it are reshaping and reframing traditional ideas of good governance, while involving new emerging security actors within the security sector arena.

It first explores digitalization and its associated processes and outlines why it is an emerging security challenge.

Then it discusses how good SSG could enhance safety in the digital space and highlights the main challenges, opportunities, and prospects that digitalization poses to good SSG/R.

Finally, it identifies specific security sector actors who play a significant role in contributing towards good SSG in the digital space.

Security sector actors regularly find themselves navigating a world where technological developments outpace the implementation of regulatory mechanisms. 


Gabriela Manea