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.”
The Cyber Project and the Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship are excited to welcome Dr. Gesche Joost, Professor of Design Research at the Berlin University of the Arts and head of the Design Research Lab since 2005. She conducts research and development projects with international partners in the areas of human-computer interaction, wearable computing, as well as user-centered design and participation. Dr. Joost is Germany’s Digital Champion on the European Commission’s Digital Agenda initiative. She advises the Commission on implementing the Digital Agenda for Europe, focusing on digital skills, the digitalization of work, and support for startups.
Up until 2010, she was a junior professor for Interaction Design & Media at the Technical University of Berlin in cooperation with Telekom Innovation Laboratories. As a visiting professor, she taught Gender and Design at the HAWK Hildesheim. In 2009, she received the Young Talent Award for Science from the Mayor of Berlin. She is the Chairwoman of DGTF e.V. (German Society for Design Theory and Research) and a Board member of the Technologiestiftung Berlin. She is also a Board member of the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes), an appointed member of the Synod of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD), as well as a full member of the Goethe Institute.
This event is part of series of events being held across the country in 2019 and 2020 by the American Council on Germany and the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius on social cohesion, the polarization of politics, and the rise of populism in the United States and Germany.