Science and Technology
This session features remarks from U.S. National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien and former Coordinator for Cyber Issues at the U.S. Department of State Christopher Painter. They share their thoughts and insights on the role of cyber security in the upcoming 2020 U.S. Presidential Election and the threats potentially facing the United States as it heads to an historic election.
This session will consider the legal and security implications of foreign interference in the U.S. elections, and will examine the 2020 U.S. presidential candidates' policies and perspectives.
Cyberspace is so omnipresent that it can seem banal, but it is also a target-rich environment from a military perspective, with modern armies deeply reliant on digital infrastructure. From the perspective of international humanitarian law (or IHL, also known as the law of armed conflict), this raises the question of what cyber operators may and may not attack during armed conflicts, what even constitutes an "attack" under IHL in cyberspace, and what the reverberating effects of those attacks could be on civilians.