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.”
Jerry Green is the John Leverett Professor at Harvard University and the David A. Wells Professor of Political Economy in the Harvard Business School Department of Economics.
His current research includes work on the economics of incentives, principles of equity for use in collective decision-making, and the use of data on choice to evaluate economic well-being.Last Updated: Jan 6, 2017, 12:57pm
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