Small, Smart, Powerful?
Small States and the Competition for Cybertech Superiority in the Digital Age
“Size matters in international relations,” (Steinsson /Thorhallsson 2017: 1), but does size still matter in the digital age, and in the cyber domain? Scholars have long believed that larger states are better equipped for state competition due the size of their populations, economies, and militaries based on a respective size/power calculus. This chapter explores how digital technological innovation help small states like the Nordic countries to gain influence on the world political stage and in the cyber domain. Emphasis is put on the way how smaller states like Estonia or Finland make use of this new asymmetric toolbox of 'cyber power' to gain leverage in the international security realm.