Dissonance U-M Speaker Series

Technology, law, privacy, and security are inextricably linked. Each area is intertwined with the way that government and commerce take place. This holds true for higher education, where these subjects underpin and enable how universities, including the University of Michigan, fulfill their teaching, learning, research, and clinical mission. The Dissonance event series explores these topics from a global and national perspective, and in doing so increases university-wide multidisciplinary discourse, and supports university initiatives related to data science.

The Dissonance event series is a collaboration of faculty, staff, and students from several supporting organizations across the university. If you would like to be informed of future Dissonance events, please add your name to our email list. You are also invited to suggest a topic or a speaker for future Dissonance events.

Our Most Recent Event

Conflict & Cyberspace: Emerging Challenges & Norms

Thursday, April 13, 10–11:15 a.m. in the Pendleton Room of the Michigan Union

As cyberspace becomes more and more central to the international security discussion, states are increasingly searching for common "rules of the road" related to behavior in this new domain. Tim Maurer, fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, moderated a conversation on the development of international cyberspace norms with Theodore Nemeroff (senior advisor at the U.S. Department of State Office of the Coordinator for Cyber Issues), Nadiya Kostyuk (U-M PhD candidate, Public Policy and Political Science), and U-M faculty members Robert Axelrod (Walgreen Professor for the Study of Human Understanding, Departments of Political Science and Public Policy) and Alex Halderman (Professor of Computer Science & Engineering, EECS).



Headshots: Robert Axelrod, Alex Halderman, Theodore Nemeroff, Nadiya Kostyuk, Tim Maurer

Robert Axelrod

U-M Ford School of Public Policy

Robert Axelrod is the Walgreen Professor for the Study of Human Understanding at the University of Michigan. He has appointments in the Department of Political Science and the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. His books include "The Evolution of Cooperation," "The Complexity of Cooperation," and "Harnessing Complexity" (with Michael D. Cohen).

Axelrod's recent work focuses on how people (especially political elites) make sense out of novel situations. He draws on a wide range of disciplines, including evolutionary biology, psychology, and artificial intelligence. He also has long term interests in international security affairs including cyber issues and Middle East politics.

Axelrod is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and was a MacArthur Prize Fellow.

J. Alex Halderman

U-M College of Engineering

J. Alex Halderman’s research focuses on computer security and privacy, with an emphasis on problems that broadly impact society and public policy. Topics that interest him include software security, network security, data privacy, anonymity, electronic voting, censorship resistance, computer forensics, ethics, and cybercrime. He is also interested in the interaction of technology with politics and international affairs.

Theodore Nemeroff

Senior Advisor at U.S. Depart. of State Office of the Coordinator for Cyber Issues

Teddy Nemeroff is a Senior Advisor in the Office of the Coordinator for Cyber Issues at the Department of State, where his work focuses on International Security issues in cyberspace. Prior to joining State, Teddy was an associate at a Washington, DC law firm, working on national security and international regulatory matters, including matters related to cybersecurity. Teddy clerked for the Honorable Sandra Lynch, Chief Judge of the First Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston, and before becoming a lawyer, he worked at a democracy NGO in South Africa and as a management consultant.

Nadiya Kostyuk

U-M Graduate Student, Political Science/Public Policy

Nadiya holds a master’s degree in Global Affairs, with a concentration in Transnational Security (Cybersecurity) from New York University. After graduation, she worked as a Program Coordinator for the Global Cooperation in Cyberspace Initiative Worldwide at the EastWest Institute. She spent the past two years conducting interviews with government officials, academics and journalists, researching policy gaps in the current European cybersecurity paradigm. During the summer of 2013, Nadiya participated in the NATO Summer School, where she joined in interactive workshops and simulations with international security experts, discussing best cybersecurity practices. Her ambition is to become a public intellectual focusing on cybercrime’s relationship to the traditional international relations areas of international security, interdependence and cooperation, and state sovereignty. Dancing and traveling are her two passions!

Tim Maurer - Moderator

Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Tim Maurer is a fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and co-directs the Cyber Policy Initiative. His research focuses on cyberspace and international affairs, namely cybersecurity, human rights online, and Internet governance. He is currently writing a book on cybersecurity and proxy actors.

Maurer is a member of several U.S. track 1.5 cyber dialogues and the Freedom Online Coalition’s cybersecurity working group “An Internet Free and Secure.” He was a member of the Research Advisory Network of the Global Commission on Internet Governance, co-chaired the Advisory Board of the Global Conference on CyberSpace in The Hague, and developed the Global Cyber Definitions Database for the chair of the OSCE to support the implementation of the organization’s cyber confidence-building measures. Maurer has also been invited repeatedly to speak about cybersecurity at the United Nations in New York and Geneva. He is the lead author of “Tipping the Scale: An Analysis of Global Swing States in the Internet Governance Debate” published by the Global Commission on Internet Governance and co-authored the ‘International Relations and Cyber Security’ entry for Oxford Bibliographies. His work has been published by Jane’s Intelligence Review, TIME, Foreign Policy, CNN, Slate, and other academic and media venues.

Prior to joining Carnegie, Maurer was the director of the Global Cybersecurity Norms and Resilience Project at New America and head of research of New America’s Cybersecurity Initiative. He also spent several years focusing on humanitarian assistance and the coordination of the UN system gaining experience with the United Nations in Rwanda, Geneva, and New York.

Who Is Behind the Dissonance Speaker Series

Supporting Organizations

  • Bentley Historical Library
  • College of Engineering, Electrical Engineering And Computer Science Department (EECS)
  • College of Law
  • College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA)
  • U-M Information and Technology Services (ITS)
  • U-M Privacy and Technology Law Association

Dissonance Organizing Committee

  • Robert Axelrod, Walgreen Professor for the Study of Human Understanding, Department of Political Science, LSA; Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
  • Sol Bermann, University Privacy Officer, Information Assurance
  • David Grimm, Associate General Counsel, OGC
  • Alex Halderman, Professor of Computer Science & Engineering, EECS
  • Gautam Hans, Clinical Teaching Fellow, Law School
  • Peter Honeyman, Research Professor, EECS
  • John Cheney-Lippold, Assistant Professor, American Culture, LSA; Coordinator of the Digital Studies Minor and Digital Studies Program
  • Aprille McKay, Assistant Director for University Archives and Records Management, Bentley Historical Library (privacy and archival issues)
  • Tim McKay, Director of Honors Program, Professor of Physics, LSA
  • Florian Schaub, Assistant Professor, School of Information
  • Margo Schlanger, Professor of Law
  • Student Team
    • Tamy Guberek, PhD student, School or Information.
    • Nadiya Kostyuk, PhD student, Ford School
    • Matt Kretman, Masters student, Ford School
    • Allison McDonald, PhD student, Computer Science & Engineering, EECS
    • Benjamin VanderSloot, PhD student, EECS
    • Ritchie Wilson, Law student (Privacy Technology Law Association), School of Law

Past Members 

  • Tim Maurer, Visiting Scholar, Ford School (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace)

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