Project

Negotiating a National-Security Dominated Cyberspace

Support from the Carnegie Corporation, the Hewlett Foundation, and the Columbia Global Policy Initiative
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Support from the Carnegie Corporation, the Hewlett Foundation, and the Columbia Global Policy Initiative

Led by Professors Steven Bellovin, Jason Healey, and Matthew Waxman, Negotiating a National-Security Dominated Cyberspace joined the Columbia Global Policy Initiative in 2016 as the recipient of a Faculty Grant. The project brings together faculty from three of Columbia’s schools—SIPA, SEAS, and Columbia Law School—to research and publish, convene workshops and hold conference panels to determine how best to adapt to cyberspace as a national-security space.

The project directors are pursuing three general strategic goals: tying together the Columbia cyber community, influencing with agility, and deepening research and influence. They have already achieved success by bringing together academics, practitioners, and government officials to discuss using policy to balance national security, privacy, digital commerce, and critical infrastructure defense priorities. These efforts look to find and adapt to the new normal of cyberspace, to identify tradeoffs and frameworks to help global decision-makers. Ultimately, the project looks to propose recommendations for those working in the fields of national security, Internet freedom, trade, and commerce.

In its first year, the project:

  • Held regular workshops of cyber-related faculty from across the Columbia Community: SIPA, Political Science, Computer Science, Law, Business, Journalism, History.
  • Organized a conference on the “State of the Field of Cyber Conflict,” June 2016.
  • Presented, and won best presentation, at Black Hat security conference, Aug. 2016.
  • Presented at DEF CON hacker convention on US government and zero-day vulnerabilities, Aug. 2016.
  • Facilitated a student-led research report on US government and zero-day vulnerabilities, Nov. 2016.
  • Opened a Cyber 9/12 competition for student policy proposals, Nov. 2016.
  • Held a workshop on “Bridging the Gap on Cyber Conflict,” Nov. 2016.
  • Published New York Cyber Task Force Report, May 2017.

In year two, the project will:

  • Continue workshops to bring together the Columbia community.
  • Foster Student-led research on new public policy ideas for getting to “zero computer botnets.”
  • Teach a joint class for students from the three schools.

Policy Goals

  • This project seeks to answer how to impede increasing militarization of cyberspace, even during a time of rising national security threats, to better balance non-physical priorities.

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Co-Director, Negotiating a National-Security Dominated Cyberspace
Co-Director, Negotiating a National-Security Dominated Cyberspace