Fighting by Bits and Bytes

April 2018

What to Expect from Internet Confict

A Talk by
Prof. Erik Gartzke

Saturday, April 21, 2018
1:30 –3:30 PM

Room 111A, 
Chancellor’s Complex
UCSD Campus

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A question/discussion period follows the talk.

The Talk: Cyber security is increasingly relevant, with news reports of security breaches at major firms and the federal government and debate about disruption of electoral processes. Are current fears justified or just bogeymen? Often with new technologies, it is what we do not expect that has the greatest impact. 

In this talk, Prof. Gartzke will lay out the main characteristics of conflict in cyberspace, using information about the nature of war and what we know so far about the activity of defenders and aggressors on the internet and elsewhere. I will also relate these to acts directly affecting individual people (crime, identity theft) and to cyber conflict at the domestic and social level (electoral hacking, information campaigns). 

His conclusions challenge several emerging conventional wisdoms about cyber conflict. Cyberwar is a weapon of the strong, not the weak. The United States will be a major beneficiary of actions on the internet. 

As in all domains, crime will continue in cyberspace, but to date it is proportionally small, allowing major firms and institutions to continue to practice weak forms of cyber security. I hope my comments will start a conversation that can lead to a better understanding of this important, evolving topic. 

The Speaker: Erik Gartzke is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for Peace and Security Studies (cPASS) at the University of California, San Diego, where he has been a member of the research faculty since 2007. Previous permanent faculty positions include Columbia University in the City of New York (2000 to 2007) and the Pennsylvania State University (1997 to 2000). 

He has also held temporary positions at Dartmouth University, the Ecole des Affaires Internationales (Sciences Po), UC Santa Barbara and at the University of Essex. Dr. Gartzke received a PhD in Political Science from the University of Iowa in 1997. 

Professor Gartzke’s research focuses on war, peace and international institutions. His interests include nuclear security, the liberal peace, alliances, uncertainty and war, deterrence theory, and the evolving technological nature of interstate conflict. He has written on cyberwar, trade and conflict, and the effects of economic development, system structure and climate change on war. Dr. Gartzke’s research has been published in numerous academic journals and edited volumes.