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.”
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Vanessa is the Associate Director for digital HKS. Led by Faculty Director, David Eaves, digital HKS is an independent project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs that is committed to understanding the relationship between digital tech, data, and rights as it relates to the public interest.
Prior to digital HKS, Vanessa was the Program Manager for the Ford-Mozilla Open Web Fellows program a ten-month fellowship program that brings together technology talent and civil society organizations from around the world to advance, protect, and enable the open internet. She supported activist-technologists on the front lines of the open internet movement within civil society organizations from around the globe.
Vanessa has an MBA from Simmons School of Management and BA in Marketing from Fairfield University. She is currently pursing her MPP from Simmons University with a focus on intersectional feminism, human rights, and technology. Her research agenda focuses on feminist approaches to cyber security and surveillance as well as the role of history, narrative, and power in the creation of sex trafficking policy in the United States. She is currently co-chair of the 16th annual Community Informatics Research Network (CIRN) Conference.Last Updated: Jan 17, 2020, 9:24am