The two nations, according to Russian officials, have agreed to renew bilateral discussions that began last November in Washington.

GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, GERMANY — For the 140 computer network specialists, law enforcement agents and diplomats from eight countries who met in this German ski resort this week for a Russian-sponsored conference on Internet security, the biggest challenge was finding a common ground to discuss their differences.

The barrier was not the variety of native languages but deep differences in how governments view cyberspace, according to many of the specialists there.

National_Security_StillThat challenge was underscored by a sharp rift between the United States and Russia. Americans speak about computer security and cyberwarfare; the Russians have a different emphasis, describing cyberspace in a broader framework they refer to as information security.

“The Russians have a dramatically different definition of information security than we do; it’s a broader notion, and they really mean state security,” said George Sadowsky, a United States representative to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or Icann, the closest thing to a governing body for the global network.

What has changed, however, is the Obama administration’s decision this year to begin actively discussing these differences with the Russians. While last year only a single American academic computer security specialist attended the conference, this year more than a dozen Americans attended, including Christopher Painter, the second-ranking White House official on cybersecurity, and Judith Strotz, the director of the State Department’s Office of Cyber Affairs.

The two nations, according to Russian officials, have agreed to renew bilateral discussions that began last November in Washington.

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Source: The New York Times