Jarno Limnéll of Defense One on Finland being the perfect middle-power capable of reshaping global cyber law:
We are at a critical juncture. We are developing cyber capabilities faster than policies and doctrines can control them. The Tallinn Manual on the International Law Applicable to Cyber Warfare sponsored by NATO’s Co-operative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence was an encouraging step forward in the pursuit of international norms and laws regulating the cyber domain. But implementing and enforcing the norms the manual promotes has been poor. The world needs a fluid and frank dialogue among states, the private sector, and civil society in order to guarantee the security of cyberspace. There seems to be a desire for new normative and institutional orders in cyberspace, but what they might be, how they will be established, and how broadly they will be accepted are open questions.
Would it be more desirable to negotiate an international cyber treaty or to extend agreements that cover other issue-areas in the digital sphere? The first option is unlikely to happen. States conceptualize cyberspace in many different ways and their interests are so widespread that finding a common starting point for treaty making is difficult. The second option, the inclusion of cyber issues in the existing regulation that covers international trade or law enforcement seems more promising.