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Cybersecurity & Public Policy Seminar: “The Role of Internet Standards in Public Policy: Emerging from the Shadows?” with Alissa Cooper

  • Date: November 17, 2021
  • Time: 12:00pm-1:30pm ET
  • Location: 702 Cabot
  • Speaker: Alissa Cooper, Vice President of Technology Standards and Fellow at Cisco Systems
  • Abstract: The foundation of the global Internet consists of standardized communications protocols that allow billions of users and devices to connect and communicate with each other. Although the organizations developing these standards are highly technical, they play an often unseen role in influencing and being influenced by public policy debates related to security, privacy, sovereignty, geopolitics, and more. This talk will explore the rich history and current trends at the intersection of technical standards and public policy, focusing on the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), the premier global Internet standards organization. The talk will unpack what is behind recent policymaker interest in technical standards at the IETF and elsewhere and what it may mean for the future. 

2022 Student Symposium in Cybersecurity Policy

  • Date: March 11 & 12, 2022
  • Location: Cabot Intercultural Center
  • Keynote Speaker: Elizabeth Rindskopf-Parker, Pacific McGeorge School of Law.

Past Events

Panel on Careers in Cybersecurity Policy

  • Date: October 13, 2021
  • Time: 12:00pm-2:00pm ET
  • Location: 745A Dowling
  • Panelists: Hina Gir – Manager at Deloitte, Cyber & Strategic Risk; Monica M. RuizProgram Manager/ Digital Diplomacy Strategist at Microsoft; Andy Sayler – Security Engineer at Twitter

Hina M. Gir is a Manager in Cyber and Strategic Risk at Deloitte, currently serving clients at the Department of Homeland Security. Prior to joining Deloitte in Fall 2018, Hina served in severalpositions across the U.S. Government, including the Department of Homeland Security, FEMA, and at the National Security Council at the White House. Hina departed the National Security Council in 2018, as the Senior Advisor for International Economic Affairs. Prior to becoming the Senior Advisor, Hina was Special Assistant to National Security Advisor, General H.R. McMaster. And before joining the West Wing of the White House, she was the Special Assistant for cybersecurity policy at the National Security Council for 14 months and transitioned from the Obama administration to the Trump administration in this role.

Monica M. Ruiz is a Program Manager in Microsoft’s Digital Diplomacy team. In this role she focuses on efforts to promote stability in cyberspace and advance trust, security and human rights in this domain. Prior to joining Microsoft, Monica was the Program Fellow for the Cyber Initiative and Special Projects at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Earlier in her career, she was the first recipient of the U.S. Boren Fellowship to travel to Estonia where her research focused on cybersecurity policy and strategy. Born in Ecuador and raised in Miami, she holds a bachelor’s degree from Florida International University and a master’s degree from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. 

Andy Salyer is a Staff Security Engineer on Twitter’s Information Security Team. He specializes in systems and infrastructure security, including issues related to regional risk, security policy, and identity and access management. Prior to joining Twitter, he completed his PhD in Computer Science at the University of Colorado, including a fellowship working as a policy technologist at the Center for Democracy and Technology in Washington, DC. He holds a BSEE from Tufts University and sits on the Silicon Flatirons Advisory Board where he deals with policy issues related to security and privacy.

Cybersecurity & Public Policy Seminar: “Reimagining Social Media” with Ethan Zuckerman

  • Date: September 29, 2021
  • Time: 12:00pm-1:30pm ET
  • Location: 702 Cabot
  • Co-Sponsor: Hitachi Center for Technology and International Affairs
  • Speaker: Ethan Zuckerman, Associate Professor of Public Policy, Information and Communication at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Director, Initiative for Digital Public Infrastructure
  • Abstract: The power of social media to affect politics, social change and even to provoke violence has become increasingly clear in the last few years. As we consider the power of social media and its many problems, many are proposing regulations of online speech by governments or demanding platforms take more responsibility for speech they host. This talk explores a different alternative: what if, instead of fixing existing social media platforms, we imagined and built social media designed to help us become better friends, neighbors and citizens? While such a project sounds impossibly idealistic, it’s well underway, and may change the social media landscape more quickly than we would expect.

Cyber and Critical Infrastructure Collide: The Colonial Pipeline Attack

2021 Student Symposium in Cybersecurity Policy

  • Date: April 16, 2021
  • Location: Virtual
  • Keynote Speaker: Ian Levy, Technical Director at the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), U.K

Understanding the Security Challenges that Journalists Face: A Conversation with Runa Sandvik

  • Date and Time: Wed March 31, 2021, 12:00 – 1:00 pm
  • Speaker: Runa Sandvik, Former Senior Director of Information Security, New York Times

People Count: Contact-Tracing Apps and Public Health / Book talk with Susan Landau

Can we repurpose the tracking technology that we carry with us—devices with GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and social media connectivity—to serve public health in a pandemic? In People Count, Susan Landau looks at some of the apps developed for contact tracing during the COVID-19 pandemic, finding that issues of effectiveness and equity intersect.

  • Date: Friday, March 19, 2021
  • Time: 8:00 am-9:00 am

A Conversation with Pedro Pavon, Facebook

  • Date and Time: Wed March 10, 2021, 12:00 – 1:00 pm
  • Speaker: Pedro Pavon, Director of Privacy, Civil Rights, and Ads, Facebook

Algorithmic Bias: A Local Human Rights Perspective: A Conversation with Brittny Saunders

  • Date and Time: Wed February 10, 2021, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
  • Speaker: Brittny Saunders, Deputy Commissioner for Strategic Initiatives at the New York City Commission on Human Rights

Making Decisions About Cyber Risk

  • Date and Time: December 2, 2:00 pm ET
  • Location: Zoom
  • Speaker: Andy Ellis, Chief Security Officer, Akamai
  • RSVP: To register, please email You will receive a Zoom link and password.

Panel on Careers in Cybersecurity Policy

Join the Cybersecurity & Public Policy Program for a career panel featuring three guest speakers on Wednesday, October 14, 2020, 12:00 – 2:00pm ET. Panelists include: 

  • Alan Davidson, VP of Global Policy, Trust and Security | Mozilla
  • John B. Morris Jr, Nonresident Senior Fellow – Governance Studies, Center for Technology Innovation | Brookings Institution
  • Malorie Knodel, Chief Technology Officer | Center for Democracy and Technology

A Discussion with Kilnam Chon: Developing the Internet in Asia

  • Date: Friday September 25, 9 am-10:30 am ET.
  • Location: Zoom

2020 Student Symposium in Cybersecurity Policy

  • Date: March 5 & 6, 2020
  • Location: Ballou Hall, Coolidge Room
  • Keynote Speaker: 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

A Conversation on Cryptography with Jim Baker & Susan Landau

Jim Baker is the Director of National Security and Cybersecurity at the R Street Institute, a CNN legal analyst and a lecturer on law at Harvard Law School. He is also the former general counsel of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. (The views expressed in this talk are his own and do not necessarily reflect those of his current or former employers.)

  • Moderator: Josephine Wolff
  • Date: February 12, 2020
  • Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm
  • Attendance Policy: Open to the Public
  • Location: 205 Cabot Intercultural Center
Elections and Public Confidence: Getting It Right
  • Date & Time: Nov 20, 2019, 12:30 pm
  • Speaker: Josh Benaloh, Senior Cryptographer, Microsoft Research
  • Location: 205 Cabot Intercultural Center
How Safe is the Cloud? An Industry-Expert Panel on Cybersecurity & Cloud Services
  • Date & Time: November 7, 2019, 7:00 pm (followed by Networking Reception at 8:00 pm)
  • Speakers: David Allen, Vice President, Operations & Strategy at Oracle; Ming Chow, Associate Teaching Professor, Computer Science at Tufts University; Hayley Cohen, Gamification Engineer & Executive Security Advisor for X-Force Command at IBM Security; John Steven, Chief Technology Officer at ZeroNorth; Moderated by Scott Hilton, Lecturer at Tufts Gordon Institute
  • Location: Tufts University Science and Engineering Complex, 200 College Ave, Medford, MA 02155
For Sale: One Snake. Good Oil Producer — No Longer Required.
  • Date & Time: October 30, 2019, 12:30 pm
  • Speaker: Ian Levy, Technical Director, NCSC
  • Location: 205 Cabot Intercultural Center
Disinformation in the Digital Age: A Talk with Gill Bennett OBE, Former Chief Historian, British Foreign Commonwealth Office
  • Gill Bennett

    Date and Time: Thursday, October 17th, 12:00pm

  • Speaker: Gill Bennett OBE, former Chief Historian of the British Foreign Commonwealth Office

  • Location: 702 Cabot Intercultural Center

Cybersecurity Policy Career Panel
  • Lauren Van Wazer

    Date & Time: Oct 16, 2019, 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm

  • Speakers Lauren Van Wazer – Vice President, Global Public Policy, Akamai Technologies; Maurice Turner – Senior Technologist, Center for Democracy and Technology; Taylor Reynolds – Technology Policy Director, Internet Policy Research Initiative, MIT
  • Location: 205 Cabot Intercultural Center
Cyber Institutions and Sub-Optimal Logic of Cyber Deterrence
  • Date & Time: Oct 2, 2019, 12:30 pm
  • Speaker: Nadiya Kostyuk, Predoctoral Fellow, Tufts University Cybersecurity Policy Program
  • Location: 205 Cabot Intercultural Center
U.S. Strategy and Doctrine for Cyber Conflict and Deterrence
  • Date & Time: September 18, 2019, 12:30 pm
  • Speaker: Herb Lin, Senior Research Scholar at the Center for International Security and Cooperation, Hank J. Holland Fellow in Cyber Policy and Security, Hoover Institution.
  • Location: 205 Cabot Intercultural Center
James Williams, Author of Stand Out of Our Light
Tufts Tech and Data Industry Night
  • Tech Panel followed by Networking Event
  • Date and Time: Thursday, April 18, 6:00 PM
  • Location: Asean Auditorium,
  • Keynote Speaker: James Williams, Author of Stand Out of Our Light
  • Panel: Asaf Lubin, Cybersecurity Policy Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy and Lecturer at Yale; Nate Ward: cognitive psychology professor at Tufts; Michael Fox: director at Intralinks; Marc Light: VP at BitSight Technologies; Thomas Hardjono: Director at MIT Internet Trust Consortium. Followed by networking event in the Cabot Atrium.
2019 Student Symposium in Cybersecurity Policy
  • Date and Time: Thursday, April 4th, 10:30 – 11:45 AM
  • Location: Hall of Flags, Ballou Hall
  • Keynote Speaker: Adam Segal, Council on Foreign Relations
Cybersecurity: What You Need to Know and Why
  • Tufts Faculty Webinar Series
  • Date and Time: Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM.
  • Abstract: Cybersecurity is now an international crisis impacting every individual, business, and institution. It behooves us all to be more educated and proactive when it comes to our security in the digital realm. Learn more about this pressing issue including misconceptions and fallacies, perceived cybersecurity skills shortage, the sobering reality of most attacks and how to defend yourself and your business, and how Tufts is working to improve cybersecurity. More info here ->
Ian Miers, Cornell
Cryptography in Context: Bitcoin, Breaches, and Security in the Real World
  • Date and Time: Monday, February 25, 10:30-11:30 AM
  • Location: Halligan 102
  • Speaker: Ian Miers, Cornell
Designing Robust Defenses for Modern Payment Systems
  • Date and Time: Tuesday, February 19, 3:00 PM
  • Location: Halligan 102
  • Speaker: Nolen Scaife,
Providing Secure Internet Services with Secure Infrastructure 
  • Date and Time: Thursday, February 14, 3:00 PM
  • Location: Halligan 102
  • Speaker: Yixin Sun
Automated Risk Detection and Mitigation for Real-World Software Systems 
  • Date and Time: Wednesday, February 13, 3:00 PM
  • Location: Halligan 102
  • Speaker: Mu Zhang
Authoritarianism Re-Wired: How Digital Authoritarianism is Altering Cyber Conflict & Challenging Democracy
  • Jaclyn Kerr, CISAC

    Date and Time: Wednesday, February 13, 2019 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

  • Location: Cabot 205 – The Fletcher School, 160 Packard Avenue, Medford MA 02155
  • Speaker: Dr. Jaclyn Kerr, Affiliate of the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University & Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Center for Global Security Research at Lawrence Livermore National Lab. Sign up required. Please RSVP here.
System Security: The Political Implications of Technology’s Design in Markets and on the Battlefield.
  • Date and Time: Wednesday, January 30, 2019 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
  • Location: Cabot 703, The Fletcher School, 160 Packard Avenue, Medford MA 02155
  • Speaker: Dr. Trey Herr, Senior Security Strategist, Microsoft Visiting Fellow with the Hoover Institution. Sign up required. Please RSVP here.
Josephine Wolff, Rochester Institute of Technology
The Legal & Economic Aftermath of International Cybersecurity Incidents:  Policy Responses to Chinese Espionage
  • Date and Time: Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
  • Location: Cabot 205 – The Fletcher School, 160 Packard Avenue, Medford MA 02155,
  • Speaker: Dr. Josephine Wolff, Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Rochester Institute of Technology. Sign up required. Please RSVP here.
Lectures by Guest Speakers
  • Thursday, April 4th, 10:30 – 11:45 AM: Amanda C. Current, Advanced Strategic Planning and Policy PhD Fellow, The Fletcher School; Major, US Army, USCYBERCOM, Anderson 206 (COMP 50 / PS 188 Cyber Security and Cyber Warfare)
  • Tuesday, March 26th, 10:30 – 11:45 AM: Matt Weinberg (A’07, F’17), VP Security Analyst at a well-known financial firm. Anderson 206 (COMP 50 / PS 188 Cyber Security and Cyber Warfare)
  • Thursday, March 7th, 10:30 – 11:45 AM: Winnona DeSombre (A’18), Threat Intel at Recorded Future, Anderson 206 (COMP 50 / PS 188 Cyber Security and Cyber Warfare)
  • Wednesday, February 6, 2019, 12:30 pm: Heather West, Senior Policy Manager at Mozilla, 12:30 PM. Mugar 200.

Fall 2018 Events