Student Symposium in Cybersecurity Policy

A symposium on cyber security was held inside the Coolidge Room at Ballou House on Friday, April 5, 2019. Jake Belcher/Tufts University.

Tufts University held the first annual student symposium in cybersecurity policy on April 5 and 6, 2019. The Symposium shared research as well as help create a community of young scholars in this new and highly interdisciplinary research area. Tufts also held the second annual Student Symposium in Cybersecurity on March 6-7, 2020.

The 2019 symposium featured a keynote address by Adam Segal, the Ira A. Lipman chair in emerging technologies and national security and director of the Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program at the Council on Foreign Relations. An expert on security issues, technology development, and Chinese domestic and foreign policy, Segal was the project director for the CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force report Defending an Open, Global, Secure, and Resilient Internet. His book The Hacked World Order: How Nations Fight, Trade, Maneuver, and Manipulate in the Digital Age (PublicAffairs, 2016) describes the increasingly contentious geopolitics of cyberspace. His work has appeared in the Financial Times, The Economist, Foreign Policy, The Wall Street Journal, and Foreign Affairs, among others. He currently writes for the blog “Net Politics.”

The Symposium began mid-day on Friday, April 5 and ran through late afternoon on Saturday, April 6. It featured the discussion of six papers, ending with a short talk by Susan Landau, Bridge Professor in Cyber Security and Policy, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy & Computer Science. Abstracts Are Available Online. The agenda is below.

Friday April 5 

  • 11:30 am | Registration Opens – Hall of Flags, Cabot Hall (Light Lunch Available)
  • 12:30 pm | Trickle-Down Surveillance Tech and the Fourth AmendmentMailyn Fidler, Yale University, with Discussants Susan Landau & Kade Crockford
  • 1:30 pm | Systematizing accountability proposals: An Analysis of Risks and Incentives Wajeeha Ahmed, MIT, with Discussants Nick Mathewson & Laurin Weissinger
  • 2:30 pm | Coffee & Tea Break
  • 3:00 pm | Can States Make Cyber-Deterrence Work? Nadiya Kostyuk, University of Michigan, with Discussants Jeff Taliaferro & Brandon Valierano
  • 4:00 pm | Keynote Address – Adam Segal, Ira A. Lipman Chair in Emerging Technologies and National Security, Director of the Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program, Council on Foreign Relations
  • 5:15 pm | Reception

Saturday, April 6

Registration + all talks in Ballou Hall, Coolidge Room. Lunch in Hall of Flags, Cabot Hall.

  • 8:30 am | Registration Opens, Coffee & Continental Breakfast
  • 9:30 am | Logistics Rules for Hacking Back: A Framework the U.S. Government Could Implement to Enable Regulated Hack Backs Ernesto Zaldivar, Brown University, with Discussants Monica Toft & Andy Ellis
  • 10:30 am | Coffee & Tea Break
  • 11:00 am | Viable Solution or Postponing the Problem? Dealing with the “Going Dark” Debate and its Relation to Government Hacking Carlos Liguori and Alexandre da Silva, Fundação Getúlio Vargas (Brazil), with Discussants Steve Bellovin & David O’Brien
  • 12:00 pm | Lunch
  • 1:30 pm | Overcoming the Cyberlaw Stalemate: Technological Change and International Legal Uncertainty Justin Canfil, with Discussants Asaf Lubin & Jeff Taliaferro
  • 2:30 pm | Thinking About Metadata: Technology, Law, & Policy – Concluding remarks by Susan Landau

Directions to Tufts University

If you are coming by subway, or “T”, take the MBTA Red Line to the Davis Square Station. Exit the Davis Square Station on the College Avenue side. You may take the #94 or #96 bus or walk 15 minutes along College Avenue to the Tufts campus. If you board the bus, ask the driver to stop across from the Memorial Steps at Tufts University, just before the intersection of College and Boston avenues. If you walk, turn right out of the subway station and follow College Avenue around a traffic circle. The Tufts Campus will be on your left. Note that the bus will operate on different schedules on Friday (weekday schedule) and Saturday (weekend schedule).

Please see this campus map for more information.

A women’s room is located outside the Coolidge Room across from the coat rack, while a men’s room is located on the third floor, above the women’s room. Attendees are encouraged to only use cell phones in the first-floor lobby or the stairwells of Ballou House. Please do not use cell phones directly outside the Coolidge Room or near offices located within Ballou House.

Funding for the 2019 Student Symposium in Cybersecurity Policy is provided by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.