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.”
Hong Qu is an adjunct lecturer at Harvard Kennedy School teaching data visualization skills. He also serves as research director for the Council on the Responsible Use of Artificial Intelligence project.
Prior to joining HKS,Hong was one of the first engineers on YouTube’s startup team building key features such as video sharing, channels and skippable ads. He participated in the Berkman Klein Center and MIT Media Lab’s 2019 Assembly program working together with a team of data scientists and civil society leaders to produce AI Blindspot.
He was a visiting Nieman fellow at Harvard in 2013. Hong is a graduate of Wesleyan University and UC Berkeley's School of Information.Last Updated: Apr 10, 2020, 2:57pm