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Feb. 9 | D.C. Conference | Bridging the Gap on Cybersecurity Policy

January 24, 2017

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Major questions impacting key cybersecurity policy decisions remain unanswered. As a new Administration takes office, how should key stakeholders think about gaps like the capabilities of non-state actors to do harm in the digital space? Will other nations follow Russia’s lead and steal and leak information against foes? Is the future of a public-private partnership – especially in protecting America’s critical infrastructure – a promising one? And what’s the state of play in development of international norms? Can the U.S. provide meaningful input?

Join us for an insightful discussion on emerging issues in cybersecurity! Our upcoming conference on “Bridging the Gap on Cybersecurity Policy: Emerging International and Domestic Issues” will bring together scholars and business and government experts to present new policy ideas for pressing international and domestic cybersecurity challenges.

Representatives from the Microsoft Corporation, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, U.S. Department of Commerce, University of Washington Information School, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the Jackson School of International Studies will participate.

Registration for this event is required. Join us for all or part of the Forum.  It is free and open to the public. To register visit Cybersecurity Policy Forum Registration.  To learn more about this conference and view a schedule, visit Cybersecurity Policy Information Page or email

This event, hosted by the Jackson School of International Studies in partnership with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, is made possible through the generous support of Carnegie Corporation of New York and The Henry M. Jackson Foundation.


When: Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, 8:30 a.m.

Where: Woodrow Wilson CenterOne Woodrow Wilson Plaza, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, D.C. in the 6th Floor conference room.

This event is open to the public, but pre-registration is required. Watch this space for the upcoming registration form!


 8:30-8:45am – Registration with Coffee, Tea and Pastries

 8:45-9:00am – Welcoming Remarks

Reşat Kasaba, Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington

William Pomeranz, Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

9:00-9:45am – Keynote Address

Paul Nicholas, Senior Director, Global Security, Strategy, & Diplomacy Team, Trustworthy Computing, Microsoft Corporation 

International Cybersecurity Norms: America at the Cross Roads of  Diplomacy & Defense
This presentation explores the importance of establishing international cybersecurity norms to create stability and security and how to protect America’s economy and public safety.

 9:45-10:00am – Coffee and Tea Break

10:00-11:30am – Emerging International Cybersecurity Issues

Moderator: Reşat Kasaba, Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington

Jessica Beyer, Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington, Non-state actors and international cybersecurity norms

Tom Kellerman, Global Fellow, Digital Futures Project, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Key bad actors, their tools, and their tactics

Katy Pearce, Department of Communication and Jackson School of International Studies, Kompromat and the undermining of trust

11:30am-1:00pm – Emerging Domestic Cybersecurity Issues

Moderator:  Meg King, Digital Futures Project, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Sara Curran, Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington, Cybersecurity Policy Education

Perry Pederson, Pacific Northwest National Labs, Protecting Critical Infrastructure

Matthew Eggers, Executive Director, Cybersecurity Policy National Security and Emergency Preparedness Department U.S. Chamber of Commerce, NIST framework (vs. the EU cyber directive), info sharing, norms/deterrence, encryption, and p-p partnerships

1:00-2:30pm – Cybersecurity Student Experts Working Luncheon

1:00-1:15pm  – Welcoming Remarks:  Importance of Strengthening U.S. Cybersecurity Through the Next Generation of Cybersecurity Experts

1:15-2:30pm – Student Subject Experts (list of potential students and related expertise) 

Rebekah Kennel Area of expertise: Myanmar technology, Myanmar police

Stacia Lee Area of expertise: ASEAN cybersecurity, Internet infrastructure and cybersecurity

Oliver Marguleas Area of expertise: extremism online, counter-narrative programs, authoritarian Internet policy

Michael Walstrom Area of expertise: Smart grid/electricity cybersecurity in developing contexts, Indian smart grid cybersecurity, US-Indian cybersecurity relations

The event is sponsored by The International Policy Institute at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington and the Henry M. Jackson Foundation.

This event and publication were made possible in part by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. The statements made and views expressed are solely the responsibility of the author.

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