Kerstin Zettl

Kerstin Zettl
Universität Heidelberg · Institute of Political Science

Master of Arts

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Introduction
I`m a researcher in the new project "European Repository on Cyber Incidents", constituted by Heidelberg University, SWP (Berlin), Innsbruck University and CPI, Tallinn. We create an interdisciplinary database in order to serve as the foundation for an interactive cyber incident dashboard and multiple other publication and analysis formats! The database builds on the cyber conflict dataset HD-CY.CON, on which I worked until its publication at the end of 2021 (doi:10.11588/data/KDSFRB).
Additional affiliations
July 2019 - present
Universität Heidelberg
Position
  • Research Assistant
Description
  • Iam part of a research project that is funded by the German Foundation for Peace Research. The project deals with democratic and autocratic cyber-proxy-relations and builds a comprehensive cyber-conflict-dataset as empirical basis.
Education
April 2016 - September 2018
Universität Heidelberg
Field of study
  • Political Science
October 2012 - March 2016
Universität Heidelberg
Field of study
  • Political Science, Psychology

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Publications (9)
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This volume sheds light on the increasingly (geo-)political relevance of cyber conflicts and the importance of information asymmetries within them. The authors concretely examine the role of information asymmetries in the context of attribution, e.g. through the use of state proxies, in the resolution of cyber conflicts. In line with efforts to bui...
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This volume sheds light on the increasingly (geo-)political relevance of cyber conflicts and the importance of information asymmetries within them. The authors concretely examine the role of information asymmetries in the context of attribution, e.g. through the use of state proxies, in the resolution of cyber conflicts. In line with efforts to bui...
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Contrary to its original founding history, the Internet appears to be increasingly instrumentalized by state actors. Autocracies, in particular, are increasingly using cyberspace as a space for offensive conflict resolution. However, democratic states have also developed genuine power resources in digital space, primarily on the basis of their tech...
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Academic and policy debates on attribution of cyberattacks have yet to fully grasp the political significance of the political factors shaping the ascription of responsibility for malvolent behavior. This article sets out some of the technical problems of identifying a perpetrator in cyberconflicts but focusses on the political dynamics of avoiding...
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The spotlight article was published in the context of the current HIIK Conflict Barometer 2019 and gives an overview of the most noteworthy developments in cyber-conflict conduct in that year.
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Steigende Konfliktpotenziale im digitalen Raum erfordern die Schärfung transnationaler Verantwortung, sie erschweren diese aber auch. Aus völkerrechtlicher Perspektive wurde die Norm der Sorgfaltsverantwortung für den Cyberraum bereits umfänglich diskutiert. Wir knüpfen aus politikwissenschaftlicher Perspektive an diese Debatte an, indem wir die Be...
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The study examines the influence of systemic as well as situational factors on the different democratic resilience to external, digital election meddling by Russia in the US 2016 and in Germany 2017. The comparison shows that the degree of polarization, the logic of the election campaign and the role of established media in particular can be assume...
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The article conceptualises political conflict in cyberspace. Thus far, scholarship has focussed on the analysis of (unilateral) cyberattacks, measuring their scope and impact, especially in Western industrialised countries. But cyber conflict, defined here as an incompatibility of stated intentions between actors which guides their use of computer...

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The aim of the project is to create a comprehensive cyber-conflict data set that includes governmental and non-governmental actors. On this basis, the scope and nature of proxy use by governments in cyberspace will be at the forefront of the overall research agenda.