Stewardship is widely defined as an ethic of responsible behavior and management of resources, typically in mixed or common pooled settings such as the environment. Cyberspace is increasingly seen as one of these mixed or common pool resources, which raises the question: What does it mean to be a “steward of cyberspace” as a government, a government’s armed forces, a company, an NGO, a social movement, an engineer, a hacktivist, or a citizen?

How should these actors behave in cyberspace? Do they have different roles as stewards? What should they do or not do? Where are the gaps? What is an appropriate balance? Do we need stewardship in cyberspace at all? And how does stewardship relate to strategy in cyberspace?

To explore stewardship and how it relates to cyberspace we have commissioned a special paper series with contributions from thought leaders in the field. We are pleased to announce the release of the final set of papers in the Cyber Dialogue 2012 Stewardship Series.

The full series includes:

Christopher Bronk – A Governance Switchboard: Scalability Issues in International Cyber Policymaking.

Franklyn Griffiths – Stewardship as Concept and Practice in an Arctic Context

Melissa E Hathaway and John E. Savage – Stewardship of Cyberspace: Duties for Internet Service Providers

Sandro Gaycken and Felix ‘FX’ Lindner – Zero-Day Governance: An (Inexpensive) Solution to the Cyber Security Problem

Duncan B. Hollis – Stewardship vs Sovereignty?: International Law and the Apportionment of Cyberspace

Roger Hurwtiz – Taking Care: Four Takes on the Cyber Steward

James Andrew Lewis – Stewardship, Security, and Cyberspace

Stefania Milan – When Politics and Technology Speak the Same Language

Milton Mueller – Stewardship and the Management of Internet Protocol Addresses

Thomas Rid – Subversion and Stewardship