The overarching question imparting urgency to this exploration is: Can U.S.-Russian contention in cyberspace cause the two nuclear superpowers to stumble into war? In considering this question we were constantly reminded of recent comments by a prominent U.S. arms control expert: At least as dangerous as the risk of an actual cyberattack, he observed, is cyber operations’ “blurring of the line between peace and war.” Or, as Nye wrote, “in the cyber realm, the difference between a weapon and a non-weapon may come down to a single line of code, or simply the intent of a computer program’s user.”
Kyle K. Courtney is a lawyer and librarian serving as the Director of Copyright and Information Policy at Harvard Library. His work frames the law as the foundation for advancing the mission of all libraires, archives, and cultural institutions to acquire, preserve, maintain, and share the world's culture. He is a published author and nationally recognized speaker on the topics of copyright, libraries, and the law. His writing on copyright has appeared in Politico, The Hill, Library Journal, American Libraries and other publications. He authored the seminal work “A White Paper on Controlled Digital Lending (CDL).” He currently has a fellowship at NYU Law’s Engelberg Center on Innovation Law & Policy, is a member of the U.S. Supreme Court Bar, an Advisor to the American Law Institute's project on the Restatement of Copyright, and co-founder and Board Chair of the Mellon funded project, Library Futures. He holds a J.D. with distinction in Intellectual Property Law and an MSLIS.