This summer, my colleagues and I at the Hewlett Foundation Cyber Initiative have continued to examine how we can do more to support greater racial equity in the cyber policy field. As you might imagine, it’s also been a topic of considerable attention within the rest of the foundation, both in our internal operations and our grantmaking, where we recently announced roughly $170 million in new funding commitments in support of racial justice initiatives.
We will have more to say about what the Cyber Initiative is working on with regard to racial
equity in the coming months, but for now I’m writing so share some links to other work we are undertaking, job openings that may be of interest to you or those in your networks, and news from our grantees.
This week, we announced a new project called the Emerging Tech Policy Leaders Program – a partnership with the Charles Koch Institute that will provide early-career professionals with opportunities in the technology and cyber policy fields. Monica M. Ruiz and I wrote about that program and some of our other recent talent pipeline work on our website, and you can learn more about
the Emerging Tech Policy Leaders Program, including the names of the individuals and organizations participating in this first round, at Koch’s site.
Monica and I also co-authored – along with Dr. Jacquelyn Schneider of the Hoover Institution – an article in Lawfare about how the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) should get serious about its engagement with academia on cyber policy. We offer concrete suggestions for how DoD should partner with universities to attract a diverse array
of top cyber talent, as well as learn from cutting-edge, multidisciplinary research.
Earlier this summer, we made a grant to support the important work of Girl Security, an organization that works to close the gender gap in national security. Our grant to Girl Security will help a diverse group of girls and young women learn about issues, including disinformation, election security, ethical hacking, and artificial intelligence. You can get a sense of the kind of work Girl’s Security does in their recently released Girl’s Guide to Election Security, “a comprehensive guide for girls (ages 13+), teachers and schools, communities, and parents.”
Last month, Hewlett Foundation staff and some of our colleagues from other organizations took part in an online election disinformation simulation game we helped fund the development of called Threatcast 2020. While the game, developed by Mike Masnick of TechDirt and the Copia Institute and Randy Lubin of Leveraged Play, was conducted under Chatham House Rules, we can say that it sparked a fascinating conversation among representatives from philanthropy, civil society academia, and the news media. Mike has a TechDirt post about our event and several others they’ve run this summer if you’d like to learn more.
The recently re-launched Institute for Security and Technology (formerly Technology for Global Security) announced they are accepting applications for its inaugural Future Digital Security Leaders Fellowship, which “will provide on-the-job training opportunities for young, aspiring security professionals in an effort to bring diverse experiences to national security research, policy, and innovation.” And if you haven’t seen it yet, the Institute’s
launch event featured fascinating conversations with cyber policy experts, including Dr. Sarah Sewall of In-Q-Tel, Dmitri Alperovitch, and Camille Stewart, among others.
R Street Institute is hiring a managing senior fellow for tech policy to “manage and build an exceptional team and lead important work in issue areas such as privacy, antitrust, telecommunications, emerging technologies, and online content moderation.” You can learn more and apply at R Street’s website.
Our colleagues at Data & Society are hiring a managing director, a new role at the organization responsible for leading goal-setting and strategic planning, as well as managing the organization’s program teams. The call is open until September 18, and you can apply here.
The Center for Peace and Security Studies at the University of California, San Diego is looking for two postdoctoral fellows for one-year terms to help research cybersecurity,
escalation, and international conflict in a project the Hewlett Foundation is funding. Review of applications began September 1, but applications will be considered until the positions are filled.
Our grantee, the Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity at UC Berkeley, has been hosting a series of events this summer featuring winners from their inaugural arts contest. The final event in the series, which will take place on September 16 and is free to join, is called SweetWire, “a music video project
that translates the successful containment of a cybersecurity attack into music and choreographed motion,” by UC Berkeley professor and data artist Greg Niemeyer. Congratulations to CLTC and all the winners for the creation of this fascinating body of work.
Lastly, our grantee, the CalPoly California Cybersecurity Institute, is hosting its virtual Space and Cybersecurity Symposium on October 5-8, 2020. It will bring together academia, government, and commercial agencies to discuss the latest strategies needed to secure private and public space resources and supply chains from state and non-state cyber adversaries.
As always, if you have any questions about our work, please don’t hesitate to be in touch.
Cyber Initiative Director