To compete and thrive in the 21st century, democracies, and the United States in particular, must develop new national security and economic strategies that address the geopolitics of information. In the 20th century, market capitalist democracies geared infrastructure, energy, trade, and even social policy to protect and advance that era’s key source of power—manufacturing. In this century, democracies must better account for information geopolitics across all dimensions of domestic policy and national strategy.
Winnona DeSombre is a non-resident research fellow with the Cyber Project at the Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, contributing to Harvard's Cyber Power Project. She works as a Security Engineer at Google’s Threat Analysis Group, tracking advanced persistent threats that target Google users. In recent years, Winnona constructed risk rule calculation software to combat social media influence campaigns through Harvard Kennedy School's Defending Digital Democracy Project, spoke at the Forbes 30 under 30 Summit and DEFCON, and was featured in Threatcare's "Tribe of Hackers" book, containing career advice from some of the world's best information security professionals. Her research has been featured in publications including Foreign Policy, Motherboard, and Cyberscoop.Last Updated: Sep 24, 2020, 7:11am