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.”
Beatrice Martini (@beatricemartini) is a Research Fellow at the digital HKS program at the Harvard Kennedy School. She has a profound passion for the Internet and its workings, professional experience in the field of human rights and technology, and insight into contributing to advocacy efforts at international levels. Her current research focuses on the implications of Internet infrastructure design on human rights.
Over the past 10 years Beatrice has worked on several projects leveraging open source technology in support of justice and rights efforts. She led the Human Rights Technology program at Aspiration, worked at Open Knowledge International, and currently serves in a formal advisory role with the Center for Tech Cultivation and OpenArchive. Further information about her projects are available at beatricemartini.it.Last Updated: