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.”
Amritha Jayanti is a Research Assistant at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, where she supports the Belfer Center’s Director and former U.S. Secretary of Defense, Ash Carter. Her work focuses on emerging technology and international security.
Prior to joining the Belfer Center, Amritha was a visiting researcher at the University of Cambridge’s Centre for the Study of Existential Risk where she primarily researched the governance of artificial intelligence in Western military organizations. She has also worked as a policy intern at the Brookings Institution’s Center for Technology Innovation, and as a product manager at Clara Labs, a San Francisco-based startup. She also founded a nonprofit, Technica, that encourages gender diversity in computer science. Amritha received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Maryland, where she studied computer engineering, economics, and public policy.
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