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.”
Mengying Wu is a joint Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Belfer Center's Environment and Natural Resources Program and Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program and the Salata Institute for Climate and Sustainability. Wu’s research aims to understand the variables driving technical improvements and policy instruments to reduce carbon emissions, as well as to find the best way ahead for using climate projection models, particularly the use of data analytics, to combat climate change. Her past research has focused on air pollution management and green electricity procurement in China. She is currently working with Professor James Stock on incentivizing the production and adoption of sustainable aviation fuel and reducing the carbon footprint of the aviation sector.
Wu received her PhD in Social and Engineering Systems at MIT Institute for Data, Systems, and Society. Prior to joining HKS, she worked as a postdoctoral associate in the Engineering and Public Policy department at Carnegie Mellon University.