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Tufts Democrats: What did you think?

The Tufts Democrats got an earful from me about how US foreign policy on cyberspace hasn’t advanced significantly in fifteen years. I complained that a whole lot of basic questions haven’t been settled, and drew on some key national documents to verify that is the case.

They were more impressed with my rapid-fire interactive summaries of Hollywood takes on cyberwar and cyber dystopia. Or so they tweeted.

Jumbos: what did you think? Please post in the comments. Thanks!

Excellent questions afterwards:

  • What do you think about SOPA?
    –Same old, same old. Good thing we have the 4th Amendment.
  • What do you think about American public diplomacy in the age of Facebook, crowdsourcing, and mashups?
    –I follow Alec J. Ross’ Twitter feed.
  • Who studies this stuff? Why don’t more women study this stuff?
    Berkman Center isn’t a bad point of departure and they employ women.
  • What skillz should I acquire for my career?
    –Depends whether you want to work infosec, haxor, or as a risk-analysis suit.
  • How can I keep my bits safe?
    –Surf safe, be smart.
  • Where can I read about cybersecurity for the home user?
    –It’s a moving target. Lots of the simple answers you know. EFF and EPIC are good places to start.
  • What do you worry about most?

About Ben Mazzotta

Ben Mazzotta is a postdoc at the Center for Emerging Market Enterprises (CEME). His study of the Cost of Cash is part of CEME's research into inclusive growth.


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