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.”
Kevin Parker most recently served as research faculty with Georgetown University’s Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation and fellow with New America’s New Practice Lab.
Previously, Kevin led “better government” teams focused on modernization initiatives as the State of North Dakota’s chief reinvention officer. He also advanced the Illinois Department of Innovation & Technology’s education agenda by developing the state’s technology strategy to improve digital equity and accessibility. While with the State of Rhode Island, he focused on building a culture of intrapreneurship by launching its Innovation League and re-designing the state’s digital user-experience. At the City of Boston, Kevin worked as an internal technology consultant and project lead on operational improvement efforts. He also served as digital strategy advisor for the City of Mobile; director of policy and research for the Boston City Council; and management and data analyst for the City of Las Vegas.
Before university studies, Kevin served with AmeriCorps *NCCC in Charleston, South Carolina. He is a recent guest critic for industrial design at the Rhode Island School of Design and advisory board member of the Taubman Center for State & Local Government at Harvard Kennedy School. He received his BA from the University of Illinois, MBA from Boston University with a concentration in organizational transformation, and EdM from Harvard University with a focus on learning design. Kevin enjoys traveling to unusual places, making and collecting art, reading political satire, and playing basketball.Last Updated: May 9, 2022, 1:32pm