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.”
Scott J. Shackelford is an Associate Professor at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business where he teaches cybersecurity law and policy, sustainability, and international business law. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research, a Visiting Scholar at Stanford Law School, and a Term Member at the Council on Foreign Relations.
Professor Shackelford has written more than 100 books, articles, and essays for diverse outlets. He is also the author of Managing Cyber Attacks in International Law, Business, and Relations: In Search of Cyber Peace (Cambridge University Press, 2014). Both Professor Shackelford's academic work and teaching have been recognized with numerous awards, including a Hoover Institution National Fellowship, a Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study Distinguished Fellowship, the 2014 Indiana University Outstanding Junior Faculty Award, and the 2015 Elinor Ostrom Award.
During his Cyber Security Project fellowship, Professor Shackelford focused on the law and governance of cyber peace.Last Updated: Mar 2, 2017, 11:21am
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