2020 Student Symposium in Cybersecurity Policy

Avril Haines provided the keynote speech for the 2020 Student Symposium in Cybersecurity Policy on Friday, March 6. Photo by Jake Belcher

On March 6-7, 2020, Tufts University held a student symposium in cybersecurity policy. The Symposium aimed to share research as well as help create a community of young scholars in this new and highly interdisciplinary research area. You may also read about the 2019 Student Symposium in Cybersecurity Policy.

The 2020 symposium featured a keynote address by Avril Haines, Deputy Director of Columbia World Projects, a Lecturer in Law at Columbia Law School, and a Senior Fellow at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. She was appointed by President Obama to serve as a Member of the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service, co-chairs the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Simon Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide’s Advisory Group, and serves on a number of boards and advisory groups, including the Nuclear Threat Initiative’s Bio Advisory Group, the Board of Trustees for the Vodafone Foundation, and the Refugees International Policy Advisory Council. Prior to joining Columbia University, Avril served as Assistant to the President and Principal Deputy National Security Advisor to President Obama. Before that, she served as the Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Avril also held a number of senior legal positions in the government, including Legal Adviser to the National Security Council. Avril is a graduate of the University of Chicago and the Georgetown University Law Center.

The schedule for the 2020 Student Symposium in Cybersecurity Policy is below. All programming took place in Ballou Hall, Coolidge Room. For more information on the papers that were presented, please read the abstracts.

Day I – Friday, March 6, 2020

  • 1:00 pm | Registration Opens
  • 1:45 pm | “Signal and Noise: Deterrence and Persistent Engagement at Crosscurrents” by Karl Grindal & Karim Farhat. Discussants: Richard Harknett, University of Cincinnati & Jay Healey, Columbia University.
  • 2:45 pm | Coffee & Tea Break
  • 3:15 pm | “Propagation of Authoritarian Norms in Developing Countries: Private Actors’ Role in Shaping Developing Countries’ Stance Towards the Authoritarian use of Technology Through Digitization” by Jasper Frei. Discussants: Ethan Zuckerman, MIT, & Toni Chayes, Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy.
  • 4:15 pm | Keynote Address by Avril Haines, Deputy Director of Columbia World Projects, Columbia University
  • 5:30 pm | Reception

Day II – Saturday, March 7, 2020

  • 8:30 am | Registration Opens, Coffee & Continental Breakfast
  • 9:00 am | “When Cyber Meets Bio: A Systematization of Knowledge on Applying Biological Cooperative Threat Reduction Paradigms to State-Sponsored Cyber Threats” by Laura S. Denlinger. Discussants: Steve Bellovin, Columbia University & Jay Healey, Columbia University.
  • 10:00 am | Coffee & Tea Break
  • 10:30 am | “Bulletproof Hosting: A Proposal for Legal, Technical, and Policy Bullets” by Pierre Tholoniat, Amira Dhalla, Damin Jung, Ian Chai, John Sakellariadis, and Stephen Owusu. Discussants: Raja Sambasivan, Tufts University, & Josephine Wolff, Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy
  • 11:30 am | “The False Promise of the Right to Privacy to Enhance Security in the Context of Information Technologies” by Nele Achten. Discussants: Nathan Freitas, Guardian Project, & Eileen Babbitt, Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy
  • 12:30 pm | Lunch
  • 1:30 pm | “Debate Hall or Echo Chamber? Classifying Conceptual Similarities and Differences in the Text of International Cyber Law Proposals” by Justin Canfil. Discussants: Jon Penney, Harvard University, & R. David Edelman, MIT.
  • 2:30 pm | Closing Remarks by Josephine Wolff, Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity, Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy

Funding for the 2020 Student Symposium in Cybersecurity Policy was provided by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.