Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program

The Program on Digital and Cyberspace Policy addresses one of the most challenging issues facing the country in the 21st century: how to keep the global Internet open, secure, and resilient in the face of unprecedented threats. Digital technologies have become ubiquitous. More than six billion people use a cell phone, and five billion will be on the Internet by 2020. These trends have generated immense wealth and expanded political participation, but they have also created new vulnerabilities for nations, corporations, and individuals.

Rapid technological change has outpaced the existing rules of governance, security, and trade. The Internet became a global platform of knowledge sharing and commercial transaction in good part because no one ran it; its decentralized structure made it possible for businesses, universities, and individuals to exploit its potential as they saw fit. Many governments, however, now believe that cyberspace is a strategic arena that is too valuable or too dangerous to remain unregulated; they are asserting their sovereignty, censoring and blocking the free flow of information as well as promoting conflicting views of Internet governance. Terrorists, criminals and other non-state actors may soon be able to may be able to shut down power, communication, transportation, and financial networks with the click of a mouse, and militaries around the world are developing powerful cyber weapons without any agreement on how and when they might be used. The plummeting cost of data storage and collection, as well as the proliferation of surveillance technologies, are not only severely limiting the ability of individuals to organize, spread information and knowledge, and protest. They are also forcing a redefinition of privacy rights, trade rules and intellectual property rights, and the proper relationship between citizens and governments.

Through publications, blogs, and meetings, fellows in the program inform policymakers, business leaders, and the general public of the politics of cyberspace. The program also forges exchanges among the public and private sector through workshops and roundtables in order to help shape U.S. policy as well as the emerging global rules and norms of cyberspace. Current projects focus on cybersecurity and cyber conflict; Internet governance; and data, privacy, and trade.

Publications

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Meetings

Roundtable Meeting

U.S. Intelligence and Cyberspace: A Conversation with Robert Cardillo

Presider:

Adam Segal, Maurice R. Greenberg Senior Fellow for China Studies

Speaker:

Robert Cardillo, Deputy Director for Intelligence Integration, Office of the Director of National Intelligence
June 3, 2013

This meeting is not for attribution.

Academic Conference Call

Understanding Cybersecurity as an Instrument of U.S. Policy

Speaker:

Daniel Gerstein, Deputy Under Secretary for Science & Technology, Department of Homeland Security

Presider:

James P. Dougherty, Adjunct Senior Fellow for Business and Foreign Policy, Council on Foreign Relations
April 29, 2013

This meeting is not for attribution.

Roundtable Meeting

Legal Challenges of U.S. Cyber Policy

Speakers:

Michael N. Schmitt, Chairman and Professor, U.S. Naval War College, Adam Segal, Maurice R. Greenberg Senior Fellow for China Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

Presider:

Matthew C. Waxman, Adjunct Senior Fellow for Law and Foreign Policy, Concil on Foreign Relations; Profeesor of Law, Columbia Law School
April 26, 2013

This meeting is not for attribution.

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Roundtable Meeting

Estonia’s Experience: Lessons Learned in Cybersecurity

Presider:

Adam Segal, Maurice R. Greenberg Senior Fellow for China Studies

Speaker:

Marina Kaljurand, Ambassador of the Republic of Estonia
April 24, 2013

This meeting is not for attribution.

Roundtable Meeting

World War 3.0: The Conflict Over International Internet Governance

Presider:

Richard A. Falkenrath, Shelby Cullom and Kathryn W. Davis Adjunct Senior Fellow for Counterterrorism and Homeland Security , Council on Foreign Relations

Speaker:

Paul Rosenzweig, Red Branch Consulting, PLLC
March 6, 2013

This meeting is not for attribution.

Roundtable Meeting

U.S. Defense Policy Towards Cyberspace

Presider:

Adam Segal, Maurice R. Greenberg Senior Fellow for China Studies

Speaker:

James N. Miller, Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, U.S. Department of Defense
February 21, 2013

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Roundtable Meeting

Cyber War: Risks of Escalation and Prospects for Restraint

Speaker:

James B. Steinberg, Maxwell School, Syracuse University

Presider:

Richard A. Falkenrath, Shelby Cullom and Kathryn W. Davis Adjunct Senior Fellow for Counterterrorism and Homeland Security
February 6, 2013 6:00-6:30 p.m. - Reception
6:30-8:00 p.m. - Meeting

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Roundtable Meeting ⁄ New York

The Path Forward for Cyberspace in India

Speaker:

Subimal Bhattacharjee, Country Head, General Dynamics in India

Presider:

Adam Segal, Ira A. Lipman Senior Fellow for Counterterrorism and National Security Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
May 16, 2012

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Roundtable Meeting

Death by a Thousand Cuts? Defending the Nation Against Real Cyber Attacks

Speaker:

Eric Rosenbach, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Cyber Policy, U.S. Department of Defense

Presider:

Adam Segal, Ira A. Lipman Senior Fellow for Counterterrorism and National Security Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
February 13, 2012

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Roundtable Meeting

Revolutionizing Big Data: From the Intelligence Community to the Fortune 500

Speaker:

Alex Karp, Palantir Technologies

Presider:

Richard A. Falkenrath, Shelby Cullom and Kathryn W. Davis Adjunct Senior Fellow for Counterterrorism and Homeland Security, Council on Foreign Relations
January 17, 2012

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Roundtable Meeting

Harnessing Private Sector Drive and Innovation to Protect America's Cybersecurity

Speaker:

Mike Rogers, Chairman, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

Presider:

Richard A. Falkenrath, Shelby Cullom and Kathryn W. Davis Adjunct Senior Fellow for Counterterrorism and Homeland Security, Council on Foreign Relations
December 9, 2011

This meeting is on the record.

Workshop

People, Power, and CyberPolitics

December 8, 2011

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Roundtable Meeting

Cyberwar: Overhyped or Over Here?

Speaker:

Stewart A. Baker, Partner, Steptoe & Johnson

Presider:

Richard A. Falkenrath, Shelby Cullom and Kathryn W. Davis Adjunct Senior Fellow for Counterterrorism and Homeland Security, Council on Foreign Relations
December 7, 2011

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Roundtable Meeting

Chinese Cyber Espionage: Significant Threat to U.S. Economic and National Security

Speaker:

Dmitri Alperovitch, President, Asymmetric Cyber Operations LLC

Presider:

Adam Segal, Ira A. Lipman Senior Fellow for Counterterrorism and National Security Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
October 25, 2011

This meeting is not for attribution.

Roundtable Meeting

Cybersecurity and Freedom of Speech: Limits of Sovereignty in a Digitally Interconnected World

Speaker:

Andrew McLaughlin, Executive Director, Civic Commons

Presider:

Matthew C. Waxman, Council on Foreign Relations
October 18, 2011

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Workshop

Cyber Statecraft: Addressing Strategic Cyber Instability

September 7, 2011

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Roundtable Meeting

Does Cyberspace Matter in International Relations?

Speakers:

Nazli Choucri, MIT, Daniel Goldsmith, MIT Sloan School of Management, Michael Siechrist, Harvard Kennedy School

Presider:

James P. Dougherty, Council on Foreign Relations
June 15, 2011

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Corporate Meeting

The Business Impact of a Changing Cyber Landscape

Speaker:

Edward Amoroso, Senior Vice President and Chief Security Officer, AT&T Services, Inc.

Presider:

Adam Segal, Ira A. Lipman Senior Fellow for Counterterrorism and National Security Studies Council on Foreign Relations
June 15, 2011 6:30-7:00 p.m. - Dinner Reception
7:00-8:00 p.m. - Meeting

This meeting is on the record.

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Roundtable Meeting

Understanding Cyberattack as an Instrument of U.S. Policy

Speaker:

Herbert S. Lin, National Research Council of the National Academies

Presider:

Adam Segal, Council on Foreign Relations
May 9, 2011

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Roundtable Meeting

The Developing Legal Framework for Defensive and Offensive Cyber Operations

Speaker:

Steven Bradbury, Dechert LLP

Presider:

Richard A. Falkenrath, Council on Foreign Relations
April 18, 2011

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Roundtable Meeting

Cyber-Warfare: Law and International Conflict in the Digital Domain

Speaker:

Bryan Cunningham, Morgan & Cunningham LLC

Presider:

Richard A. Falkenrath, Council on Foreign Relations
April 12, 2011

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Roundtable Meeting

Cyber Security for the Future: A Conversation with Peter Weinberger

Speaker:

Peter Weinberger, Google

Presider:

Richard A. Falkenrath, Council on Foreign Relations
April 11, 2011

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Roundtable Meeting

Legal and Policy Implications for Cyberspace

Speaker:

Catherine Lotrionte, Associate Director, IInstitute for International Law and Politics, Georgetown University

Presider:

Adam Segal, Ira A. Lipman Senior Fellow for Counterterrorism and National Security Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
January 28, 2011

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Workshop

Workshop on Cybersecurity, Foreign Policy, and Business

January 11, 2011

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Roundtable Meeting

Intelligence Community Meets Foreign Investors

Speakers:

Stewart A. Baker, Former Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for Policy, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Major General John Landry, USA (Ret.), National Intelligence Officer for Military Issues, National Intelligence Council

Presider:

Adam Segal, Ira. A. Lipman Senior Fellow for Counterterrorism and National Security Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
October 12, 2010

This meeting is not for attribution.

Roundtable Meeting

Defense Turned Inside Out: The Radical Effects of Cyberattacks

Speaker:

Scott Borg, U.S Cyber Consequences Unit

Presider:

Adam Segal, Council on Foreign Relations
June 16, 2010

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Corporate Meeting

CEO Speaker Series: A Conversation with Ivan Seidenberg

Speaker:

Ivan Seidenberg, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Verizon

Presider:

Alan S. Murray, Deputy Managing Editor and Executive Editor, Online, The Wall Street Journal
April 6, 2010 7:45-8:00 a.m. - Breakfast
8:00-9:00 a.m. - Meeting

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Corporate Meeting

Framing a Cybersecurity Foreign Policy

Speaker:

Rod Beckstrom, President and CEO, Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)

Presider:

Daniel B. Prieto, Vice President, IBM Global Business Services
January 29, 2010 12:00-12:30 p.m. - Lunch Reception
12:30-1:30 p.m. - Meeting

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Corporate Meeting

U.S. Internet Policy: Implications for Competitiveness

Speaker:

Yochai Benkler, Berkman Professor of Entrepreneurial Legal Studies and Co-director Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University

Presider:

Daniel F. Burton Jr., Senior Vice President, Public Policy, Salesforce.com
January 13, 2010 12:00-12:15 p.m. - Lunch
12:15-1:15 p.m. - Meeting

This meeting is not for attribution.

Roundtable Meeting

China's Rise and Cyberspace: Strategic Challenges for the United States

Speaker:

James Mulvenon, Defense Group Inc.

Presider:

Adam Segal, Council on Foreign Relations
November 2, 2009

This meeting is not for attribution.

Corporate Meeting

Cybersecurity: A Critical Infrastructure Challenge and the Need for Global Cooperation

Speaker:

Massimo Sarmi, Chief Executive Officer, Poste Italiane

Presider:

Stephen E. Flynn, Ira A. Lipman Senior Fellow for Counterterrorism and National Security Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
October 28, 2009 7:45-8:00 a.m. - Breakfast Reception
8:00-9:00 a.m. - Meeting

This meeting is on the record.

ListenWatch

Roundtable Meeting

Cyber Threats and Security

Speakers:

Timothy Brown, CA Security Management, Mike Cote, SecureWorks, Myles Trachtenberg, Register.com

Presider:

James P. Dougherty, Council on Foreign Relations
September 23, 2009

This meeting is not for attribution.

Roundtable Meeting

Legal Challenges of U.S. Cyber Policy

Presider:

Adam Segal, Maurice R. Greenberg Senior Fellow for China Studies

Speaker:

Michael N. Schmitt, Chairman and professor in the International Law Department at the U.S. Naval War College

This meeting is not for attribution.

Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program Fellows

  • Adam Segal Adam Segal

    Maurice R. Greenberg Senior Fellow for China Studies and Director of the Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program

  • Jared Cohen Jared Cohen

    Adjunct Senior Fellow

  • James Dougherty James Dougherty

    Adjunct Senior Fellow for Business and Foreign Policy

  • Richard Falkenrath Richard Falkenrath

    Shelby Cullom and Kathryn W. Davis Adjunct Senior Fellow for Counterterrorism and Homeland Security

  • Karen Kornbluh Karen Kornbluh

    Senior Fellow for Digital Policy