Cybersecurity Working Group

People at computers

As citizens, consumers, corporations, and governments have grown more dependent on digital networks, cybersecurity has emerged as one of the most pressing global challenges. Citizens want privacy and freedom from surveillance; law enforcement agencies want more powerful tools to detect and prosecute criminal activity; corporations want to protect intellectual property; governments want to protect critical infrastructure; and militaries want to control a contested and borderless domain created and maintained by entities with ambiguous legal status.

How are these challenges shaping the ways we understand rights, risk, and responsibility? How do they alter conventional ideas about sovereignty and security? Does cyberspace give weak and non-state actors asymmetric advantages? In each of these questions, technical, social, legal, political, and cultural elements intertwine.

The Cybersecurity Working Group is a collaborative project of the Einaudi Center, the faculty of Computing and Information Science, and the Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies. Its overarching goal is to build a robust intellectual community at Cornell around the international dimensions of cybersecurity. Among its plans is to offer a short course in the summer of 2017 and to bring in doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows.

Coordinators

Fred Schneider (Com­puting and Information Science), Rebecca Slayton (Science & Tech­nology Studies) 

Members

Michael Clarkson (Computer Science), Matthew Evangelista (Government), Rick Geddes (Human Ecology), Peter Katzenstein (Govern­ment), Sarah Kreps (Government), Greg Morri­sett (Computer Science), Jens David Ohlin (Law), Annelise Riles (Law), Adam Smith (Anthropolo­gy), Sidney Tarrow (Government), Jeremy Lee Wallace (Government), Steven Ward (Government), Jessica Chen Weiss (Government), Steve Wicker (Electrical and Com­puter Engineering), Xingzhong Yu (Law)