Rise of China and Future of Cybersecurity by Professor Derek Reveron, US Naval War College, 30 March 2016

Derek Reveron, U.S. Naval War College


Rise of China and the Future of Cybersecurity


30 March, 2016


Adam Smith Building room 718, 3pm


The information revolution has been a mixed blessing for China and the world. On one hand, computer networks enhance economic productivity, national security, and social interaction. On the other, valuable information infrastructure provides lucrative targets for thieves, spies, and soldiers. Nearly every type of government agency, commercial firm, and social organization benefits from information technology, but they can also be harmed through cyberspace. Not a week goes by where a major hack is not reported in the media or countries chastise each other for cyberespionage. In the absence of shared norms or even concepts, cybersecurity discourse becomes mired in competing morality tales. Chinese hackers are pillaging intellectual property and creating asymmetric threats. The National Security Agency (NSA) is jeopardizing civil liberties and weakening the Internet. Communist censorship is undermining the democratic promise of information technology, even as American firms unfairly dominate its development. To make sense of these issues, Professor Derek Reveron of the U.S. Naval War College explores the meaning of China’s rise and the future of cybersecurity. 

First published: 29 January 2016

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