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.”
Susan Winterberg is a Fellow in the Technology and Public Purpose Project. Her current research interests focus on how technologists, entrepreneurs, government funders, and private investors in emerging technologies can better integrate considerations for environmental, social and governance issues into product designs and business models. Susan previously worked at Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), a global non-profit membership organization of sustainability departments at more than 250 multinational companies. At BSR Susan led the team on Inclusive Economy which worked with business, investors and governments to tackle challenges of economic inequality and to prepare for the future of work in the face of increasing automation and artificial intelligence. Among the initiatives she worked on were the Inclusive Sharing Economy Initiative on improving sustainable business models in major Silicon Valley digital platform companies, the Healthy Business Coalition on integrating public health considerations across industries, and the Health Care Working Group on preparing leaders in biotech and pharmaceutical industries for emerging health care challenges. She also helped launch the Business for Inclusive Growth platform at OECD, a network of global leaders committed to addressing the challenges of economic inequality and building new social safety nets for the 21st century workplace.
Susan’s earlier career was in international development and sustainable cities. She led the Urban Planning and Development division of the Canadian infrastructure firm CPCS, which has developed projects and facilitated foreign investment in real estate, transport, and energy in more than 110 countries. Susan holds a Masters in Urban Planning with concentration in International Development from Harvard University Graduate School of Design and a Bachelors of Business Administration in Finance, with a concentration in Biotechnology from University of Cincinnati.Last Updated: Aug 3, 2020, 12:12pm