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Memo to Biden-Harris Transition Team (Nov 2020)
Past Federal cyber efforts have failed because there has never been a simple, unifying strategy. Just as the Cold War strategy was simple (containment), as was the Army’s COIN strategy (roughly, to win hearts and minds), the US cyber strategy should be to get defense the advantage over offense.

Project on Cyber and National Security (2017 - today)
Starting in 2017, with research supported through an award by the Minerva Research Initiative, SIPA has been engaging in research on the strategic dynamics of cyber conflict and the current cybersecurity policy landscape. Current ongoing research is analyzing cyber deterrence and the new U.S. strategy of persistent engagement, the characteristics of cyber dynamics, understanding cyber effects on battlefield outcomes, and how cyber is changing civil-military relations.

New York Cyber Task Force (2016 - today)
In September 2017, the first  New York Cyber Task Force released a series of recommendations that would help make it easier to defend cyberspace without sacrificing the utility, flexibility, and convenience that has made the Internet so essential to our economies and personal lives. Now in 2020, built upon its previous success, a second iteration of the Task Force has reconvened working to synthesize thought around operational collaboration and identify areas of complementary synergies.

Project on Cyber Risk to Financial Stability (2016 - today)
In 2018, the Project on Cyber Risk to Financial Stability published two papers, the first of which provides a general review of cyber risk to financial stability and the second developes a unique framework to assist analysts in assessing how cyber risks might affect financial stability. 

Global Cyber Dialogues (2020 - today)
In Spring 2020, the first US-Japan Cyber Dialogues was started by Senior Research Scholar, Dr. Greg Rattray with the goal of understanding the potential digital and cyber challenges that both Japan and the United States face.

Mapping Data Flows (2019)
Startled by the little control users have over their data, a team of SIPA students and alumni around Senior Research Scholar John Batelle developed an interactive visualization that helps users understand how large technology companies collect, use, and share user information across the internet. The SIPA Tech & Policy Initiative co-founded the project. Read about the project or discover the interactive website.

Proceedings of the Global Digital Futures Forum 2017
Experts weigh in: the proceedings of the 2017 edition of the Global Digital Futures Forum include background papers from experts covering the effect of fragmentation upon global governance, international trade, trust and assurance, global platforms and international development, cyber conflict and democracy, the digital economy, and financial systemic risk.
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Publications

The U.S. Government and Zero-Day Vulnerabilities: From Pre-Heartbleed to Shadow Brokers
In November 2016, Jason Healey published a report based on research conducted over the past six months with a class of graduate students on how the U.S. Government manages vulnerabilities through the Vulnerability Equities Process.
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The Rising Geopolitics of Internet Governance: Cyber Sovereignty v. Distributed Governance
In November 2016, Laura DeNardis, Gordon Goldstein and David A. Gross published a working paper presenting the historical perspective of internet governance as a conflict between two incommensurable visions for the internet.
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Carnegie Working Papers

First Working Paper Series
This academic work was undertaken with the vital support of the Carnegie Corporation of New York as part of SIPA’s Tech & Policy Initiative, an ambitious effort to explore the intersection of the digital world and SIPA’s core fields of study.
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Second Working Paper Series
This academic work was undertaken with the vital support of the Carnegie Corporation of New York as part of SIPA’s Tech & Policy Initiative, an ambitious effort to explore the intersection of the digital world and SIPA’s core fields of study.
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