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.”
Patricia (Pat) McLaughlin passed away February 1, 2020, following a brief illness.
Pat McLaughlin was Faculty Assistant to John P. Holdren, Co-Director of the Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program at the Belfer Center. She came to the Belfer Center after many years in publishing. When not working for STPP, she was attending to her large family, volunteering in her town's animal shelter, adventuring with her granddaughters—Maddie and Emily—and her beloved pets and grandpets, or working in her garden. She was named a Harvard Hero in 2008, Harvard's top recognition for a select number of "outstanding employees."Last Updated: Feb 7, 2020, 4:13pm