Fundamentals of Cyber Conflict and a Research Agenda for International Relations and Computer Science

October 2, 2015
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Halligan 111A
Speaker: Herb Lin, Stanford University


Please note the different time/day/room than usual

Cyber conflict and cyber war are in the news every day, but public discussion is often confused and ill-informed. This talk will present some of the fundamental realities of cyber conflict with reference to current events and thinking and articulate a research agenda of interesting problems at the nexus of international relations and computer science where the insights of both disciplines are relevant.


Dr. Herb Lin is senior research scholar for cyber policy and security at the Center for International Security and Cooperation and Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution, both at Stanford University. His research interests relate broadly to policy- related dimensions of cybersecurity and cyberspace.

He is also Chief Scientist, Emeritus for the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board, National Research Council (NRC) of the National Academies, where he served from 1990 through 2014 as study director of major projects on public policy and information technology, and Adjunct Senior Research Scholar and Senior Fellow in Cybersecurity (not in residence) at the Saltzman Institute for War and Peace Studies in the School for International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. Prior to his NRC service, he was a professional staff member and staff scientist for the House Armed Services Committee (1986-1990), where his portfolio included defense policy and arms control issues. He received his doctorate in physics from MIT.

This seminar is jointly hosted by the CS department and Fletcher School.