Harris Public Policy announces first-of-its-kind initiative to inform cyber policy


The University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy today announced the creation of the new Cyber Policy Initiative (CPI), a first-of-its-kind academic initiative which will advance the emerging field of cyber policy and examine the intersection of national security, politics and technology. The CPI will provide much-needed policy guidance to governments across the globe and the broader policy community concerned with cyber issues.CPI’s first collaboration is a partnership with DEF CON, the world’s largest and best-known hacker conference, to provide free cybersecurity training to state and local elections administrators from around the country in an effort to safeguard U.S. elections infrastructure. The training, which will take place at DEF CON 26 in Las Vegas, Nevada from Aug. 9-12, will be part of the DEF CON Vote Hacking Village.
“The Cyber Policy Initiative will help lead the way on a wide range of issues that are of increasing global importance,” said Katherine Baicker, dean and the Emmett Dedmon Professor at Harris Public Policy. “This new initiative reinforces Harris’ commitment to shaping and defining new fields in public policy, providing a broad array of opportunities for researchers and students to work together with governments to enhance cybersecurity and drive real policy impact.”
Jake Braun, a former White House liaison to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and a lecturer at Harris, will serve as CPI’s executive director. CPI will be served by an advisory board of Harris faculty including Ethan Bueno de Mesquita, the Sydney Stein Professor and deputy dean at Harris, who studies game theoretic models of political violence and electoral accountability; Assoc. Prof. Anthony Fowler, who studies elections and political representation; and Asst. Prof. Austin Wright who studies global conflict and crime.
“Cybersecurity represents one of the most significant challenges confronting policymakers today,” Braun said. “Since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, more than …

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