Einaudi Center presents cybersecurity series

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In cyberspace, national, corporate, and personal interests are often in conflict.  

If one thing is clear about humankind’s recent, sudden, and mass-scale migration into cyberspace, it’s that no one was ready. Not individuals, not corporations, not law enforcement agencies, not militaries, not national governments, and not international bodies.

Today, everything from communications to commerce to national defense occurs in a borderless, ownerless, patchily regulated place that makes the Wild West look like nursery school. Providing security in this new world is an enormous technical, legal, political, and even philosophical challenge.

This semester, the Einaudi Center presents a series of talks by recognized thought leaders on the international dimensions of cybersecurity. The series is organized by a new interdisciplinary working group convened by the center’s director, Hirokazu Miyazaki, and co-sponsored by the Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies.

Miyazaki says the group, made up of scholars from six departments and four colleges at Cornell, is especially interested in questions at the intersection of technology, politics, and international law. 

“How are the challenges of cybersecurity shaping the ways in which we understand rights, risk, and responsibility?” he asks. “How does that understanding shape our conceptions of the cybersecurity problem? In what ways do contemporary uses of cyberspace challenge conventional ideas about nation-state sovereignty and security?”

The Einaudi Center has decided to devote three of its four Distinguished Speaker Series lectures this semester to the cybersecurity talks. 

Milton Mueller
Milton Mueller heads the Internet Governance Project.

Political scientist Milton Mueller from the Georgia Institute of Technology delivered the first lecture, titled “Cybersecurity and the Territorial State: Alignment and ‘Fragmentation’ in Global Internet Governance,” on September 14.

To watch a video of Mueller's talk, please click here

Jon Lindsay of the University of Toronto spoke about the impact of cyber weapons on warfare on October 26. Click here for an article about his talk in the Cornell Daily Sun.

Fred Cate of Indiana University will present on November 16. You can find all three speakers' biographies below. 

The cybersecurity working group is co-led by Fred Schneider, chair of the department of computer science, and Rebecca Slayton, assistant professor of science and technology studies and associate director of the Reppy Institute.

The group hopes to create a cross-disciplinary community around cybersecurity and international issues at Cornell, and to encourage new research and collaborations on campus.

For more information, contact Rebecca Slayton at rs849@cornell.edu.

About Milton Mueller

Milton Mueller specializes in the political economy of information and communication. The author of seven books and scores of journal articles, his work informs not only public policy but also science and technology studies, law, economics, communications, and international studies.

Mueller is co-founder and co-director of the Internet Governance Project (IGP). His books include Networks and states: The global politics of internet governance (MIT Press, 2010) and Ruling the root: Internet governance and the taming of cyberspace (MIT Press, 2002).

He is a member of the advisory committee of the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) and the IANA Stewardship Coordination Group, and has participated in policy development activities of ICANN, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), and regulatory proceedings in the European Commission, China, Hong Kong, and New Zealand.

About Jon Lindsay

Jon R. Lindsay is a political scientist with a background in computer science and the military. His research and teaching focus on the impact of technology on global security. He is currently completing a book project, Shifting the Fog of war: Information technology and the politics of control, on the strategic and organizational dimensions of military networks, drone warfare, and cybersecurity.


Jon R. Lindsay.

Lindsay’s previous publications include China and cybersecurity: Espionage, strategy, and politics in the digital domain (Oxford University Press, 2015) with Tai Ming Cheung and Derek Reveron, and articles in International Security, Security Studies, Journal of Strategic Studies, Technology and Culture, and the Journal of Cybersecurity.

A forthcoming volume, Cross-domain deterrence: Strategy in an era of complexity, with Erik Gartzke, is currently under review. Lindsay holds a PhD in political science from MIT and an MS in computer science from Stanford. He has served as a U.S. naval officer with operational assignments in Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East.

About Fred Cate

Fred H. Cate is vice president for research, Distinguished Professor, C. Ben Dutton Professor of Law, and adjunct professor of informatics and computing at Indiana University. He served as the founding director of IU’s Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research, a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research and Information Assurance Education, from 2003 to 2014, where he is now a senior fellow.

Cate is a member of the National Academies’ Forum on Cyber Resilience, and he chairs the academies’ study on Law Enforcement and Intelligence Access to Plaintext Information in an Era of Widespread Strong Encryption: Options and Tradeoffs.

He is a member of the Department of Homeland Security’s Data Privacy and Integrity Committee Cybersecurity Subcommittee, the National Security Agency’s Privacy and Civil Liberties Panel, the OECD’s Panel of Experts on Health Information Infrastructure, and Intel’s Privacy and Security External Advisory Board. He also serves as a senior policy advisor to the Centre for Information Policy Leadership at Hunton & Williams LLP.

Cate attended Oxford University and received his JD and AB from Stanford. A senator, fellow, and past president of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, he is an elected member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Law Institute, and a fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

Article in Cornell Chronicle