Cyber.RAR is a podcast series from six Harvard Kennedy School students: Michaela Lee, Bethan Saunders, Winnona DeSombre, Danielle Levin, Sophie Faaborg-Andersen, and Grace Park.
While each bring a different lens to the show, they all share a common conviction: the field of cybersecurity is rapidly evolving, yet the national security field is falling behind. In this podcast, they uncover why the U.S. government struggles to build basic cyber infrastructure, explore how to regulate offensive cyber capabilities, debate the meaning and merits of “hacktivism”, and laugh with each other along the way. Tune in to Cyber.RAR for discussions, debates, and expert interviews on the biggest questions, challenges, and opportunities in cybersecurity.
Expert Interviews: Hacktivism
Grace continues the conversation on so-called hacktivism and the future landscape of cyber activism with Bruce Schneier, author of the book 'Data and Goliath,' and fellow and lecturer at Harvard Kennedy School.
The Chaos of Political Hacking
Grace asks the question: Political Hacktivism (Hacking + Activism), chaotic good or chaotic evil? What even counts as activism versus terrorism in cyberspace? Is it simply ideological or is it normative? And looking forward, what does the second rise of hacktivism mean for the global order?
Expert Interviews: Cyber Mercenaries
Winnona continues her exploration of cyber mercenaries by interviewing three experts: Sophia D'Antoine & Dave Aitel, two professionals in the offensive security industry, and Sean McFate - an expert on private military contractors.
A Tangled Web: Cyber Mercenaries
Winnona asks: how does one regulate an industry that operates so far in the shadows? This is a major problem in the hack for hire industry, and something we’re going to try and tackle on our podcast episode today on Cyber.rar. We will be looking at what it looks like to be selling hacking capabilities to governments, what the nuances within the space are, and what concerning trade-offs we’re making that governments may not understand but industry does.
Expert Interviews: Cyberwar
Dani explores the cyber escalation fallacy and the evolution of cyberwarfare strategies with Erica Lonergan, Assistant Professor in the Army Cyber Institute, Research Scholar at the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies and former Senior Director on the U.S. Cyberspace Solarium Commission.
Rose/Bud/Thorn: Cyberwar in Ukraine
Dani asks: how does cyber fit into modern warfare strategies? How have cyber strategies evolved in the last two decades, what can we learn from the uses of cyber capabilities in Russia's invasion of Ukraine, and how should the U.S. evolve its cyberwarfare strategy going forward? We will be exploring myths of cyberwarfare strategy - like the escalation of cyber offense into kinetic warfare - and examining where and why cyberwarfare has been effective or ineffective.