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.”
Maya Nandakumar is the Project Coordinator for the Cyber Project, the China Cyber Policy Initiative, and the Defending Digital Democracy Project (D3P). A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wellesley College, she received her Bachelor of Arts in Classical Studies and Political Science with departmental honors in 2019. Prior to graduation, Maya was a research assistant in the Department of Art History and was active in student government, serving as the chair of the College’s general judiciary board.Last Updated: Sep 23, 2021, 4:44pm
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