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Molonglo Theatre

Lennox Crossing

Crawford Building 132A, The Australian National University

Canberra, ACT 0200

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Join us for a panel discussion and forum to explore the complexities of cyberspace from a national security perspective – a domain in which states and non-state actors interact with each other in an increasingly contested environment.

This event has been organised by the ANU’s National Security College as it finalises priorities for its new research program on Strategy and statecraft in cyberspace. The NSC has brought together leading researchers from Australia, the United Stated and the United Kingdom for this event which will be facilitated by the ABC’s Michael Brissenden:

  • Professor Roger Bradbury is a complex systems scientist with experience in international cyber issues, and is with the National Security College at ANU.
  • Professor Fred Cate specialises in information privacy and security law issues, and is Director of the Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research at Indiana University, USA.
  • Professor Paul Cornish is an expert in cyber security and cyber war, and Professor of Strategic Studies at the Strategy and Security Institute at the University of Exeter, UK.
  • Dr Jon Lindsay is an expert in international relations at the University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation at UC San Diego, USA.

Like the traditional domains of land, sea, air and space, states and non-state actors are using the cyberspace domain to pursue their objectives in an increasingly complex world. The panel will discuss the rise of cyberspace, which has created a number of ‘wicked’ policy problems for global security including:

  • the proliferation of cyber weapons to state and non-state actors
  • the systemic vulnerabilities in the infrastructure of globalisation and military power
  • the friction between private sector actors who manage the internet and the public sector actors who are supposed to defend them
  • the mismatch between the pace of policy formation and the pace of technological change
  • the failure to coordinate among government agencies responsible for national security, law enforcement and industrial policy
  • major disagreements about how the internet should be managed domestically and internationally.

Some authors foresee grave new risks of a ‘digital Pearl Harbour’, while their critics dismiss these warnings as inflating the threat. Technological complexity has amplified political complexity, which in turn has complicated political analysis. Our panel will endeavor to unpick these issues from the perspectives of social policy, security policy and the future of technology.

We look forward to welcoming you at this important event focusing on an issue of critical significance.

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Molonglo Theatre

Lennox Crossing

Crawford Building 132A, The Australian National University

Canberra, ACT 0200

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As a joint initiative between the Commonwealth Government and The Australian National University (ANU), the National Security College (NSC) is unique, serving as a meeting place for policy, academia, industry and the wider community.

Led by Professor Rory Medcalf, the College combines the independent academic expertise and reputation of the ANU with special arrangements of trust, access and security-cleared engagement with the Australian Government.

In an era of increased disruption and complexity, the work of the NSC is more important than ever.

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