Explanation of the Strategic Importance of Cyber Space Management and Geographic Zone Control

Document Type : Original Article


Assistant Professor of Political Geography, Yazd University, Yazd, Iran


Geopolitics experts have continually recognized that paying attention to physical and human conditions of different regions make a distinction between political importances of regions in the world. So, many of geopolitical theories and thoughts is basically about important regions in the world. Therefore, in the applied realms of geopolitics, thinkers have struggled with encouraging the politicians for influence, dominance or management of these important regions; secure the interest of their states. Obviously, the political significant of different regions is not constant in all of the time; especially upgrades of human making factors changes their political importance. One of the human making phenomena that have deep effective on geopolitical studies is cyberspace. With increasing dependence of societies to this network, this question is come up that “could we take consider Silicon Valley as strategic region which control and manage the cyberspace?” In other words, “is there any possibility to accord the indicators of strategic region with characteristics of Silicon Valley?”
The research is basic in terms of its goal and is descriptive- analytic in terms of nature and method. Data gathering procedure is based on library finding. Data analysis will be done using qualitative and quantitative analysis methods, and conclusion will be done using the two methods.
Silicon Valley region has very important roles in internet management. In other words, there are some institution in this region that present special severs in the realm of information technology and internet network that other organizations and institutions in other regions cannot present these servers. Technical conducting of internet network was exerted from Silicon Valley and it is managed by this region. 
With increasing dependence of states and individuals to cyberspace, controlling place of cyberspace region in the Silicon Valley should have taken consider as strategic region. In other words, unrivaled functions of information institution and organization in this region accorded indicators and definition of strategic region.


Volume 12, Issue 42
July 2016
Pages 105-123
  • Receive Date: 24 January 2014
  • Revise Date: 17 June 2014
  • Accept Date: 23 June 2014
  • First Publish Date: 21 June 2016