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.”
Jeff Tsao is a former Research Fellow in the Belfer Center's Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program. His Ph.D. was in Applied Physics at Harvard, and most of his career has been in research, management, and "community organizing" in the areas of semiconductor materials, solid-state lighting, and energy economics.
His current interests are shifting towards the "engineering and applied science" of research: developing/applying the social science of human/group creativity to understanding/improving research processes at the individual, group, institution, and policy levels.Last Updated: