Talks on Technology Science (ToTS) and Topics in Privacy (TIP)

Spring 2017

This is the schedule of weekly talks on Technology Science from expert researchers, public interest groups, and others on the social impact of technology and its unforseen consequences.

Join us on most Friday mornings 10:30 AM - 12 PM at CGIS Knafel, Room K354 (1737 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA).

Date Speakers Topic
1/27 Michael Sulmeyer and Ben Buchanan, Harvard University Hacking the Election: The Cybersecurity Threats to Votes and Voters
2/3 TBA TBA
2/10 TBA TBA
2/17 TBA TBA
2/24 TBA TBA
3/3 TBA TBA
3/10 No talk No talk - Spring Recess
3/17 No talk No talk - Spring Recess
3/24 TBA TBA
3/31 TBA TBA
4/7 TBA TBA
4/14 TBA TBA
4/21 TBA TBA
4/28 TBA TBA
5/5 TBA TBA
5/12 TBA TBA
5/19 TBA TBA

Descriptions

   
1/27

Hacking the Election: The Cybersecurity Threats to Votes and Voters

The debate on election hacking is raging. In this talk, we discuss both Russian cyber operations and on weaknesses in the American electoral system. We will provide a framework for contextualizing recent Russian activity, adding greater context to today’s headlines. We will also discuss technical weaknesses in voting infrastructure that urgently need to be remediated and outline potential mechanisms for doing so. As part of this discussion, we’ll address the debate around the “critical infrastructure” designation and its benefits and limits.

Speakers: Ben Buchanan is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University’s Cybersecurity Project, where he conducts research on the intersection of cybersecurity and statecraft. His first book, The Cybersecurity Dilemma, will be published by Oxford University Press in February 2017. Previously, he has written on attributing cyber attacks, deterrence in cyber operations, cryptography, election cybersecurity, and the spread of malicious code between nations and non-state actors. He received his PhD in War Studies from King’s College London, where he was a Marshall Scholar, and earned masters and undergraduate degrees from Georgetown University.

Michael Sulmeyer is the Belfer Center's Cyber Security Project Director at the Harvard Kennedy School. He recently concluded several years in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, serving most recently as the Director for Plans and Operations for Cyber Policy. He was also Senior Policy Advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Cyber Policy. In these jobs, he worked closely with the Joint Staff and Cyber Command on a variety of efforts to counter malicious cyber activity against U.S. and DoD interests.

2/3

TBA

2/10

TBA

2/17

TBA

2/24

TBA

3/3

TBA

3/10

No talk - Spring Recess

3/17

No talk - Spring Recess

3/24

TBA

3/31

TBA

4/7

TBA

4/14

TBA

4/21

TBA

4/28

TBA

5/5

TBA

5/12

TBA

5/19

TBA

Prior Sessions

Fall 2016 | Spring 2016 | Fall 2015 | Spring 2014 | Fall 2013 | Spring 2013 | Fall 2012 | Spring 2012 | Fall 2011

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