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Schmitt on Cyber Weapons and Humanitarian Law

01 May 2020

Michael Schmitt, Professor of Law at the University of Reading, Francis Lieber Distinguished Scholar at the Lieber Institute at West Point and Distinguished Scholar with the Strauss Center, co-authored an article for International Law Studies titled Classification of Cyber Capabilities and Operations as Weapons, Means, or Methods of Warfare. Schmitt and co-author Jeffrey Biller of the US…

Chesney Introduces Lawfare’s Cyberspace Solarium Commission Report Series

20 Mar 2020

On Wednesday, March 11, Lawfare kicked off its Cyberspace Solarium Commission Report Series—a series of commentaries on various aspects of the official report of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission. Robert M. Chesney, Strauss Center Director and James Baker Professor in Law, introduced the series with a brief overview of the commission. The Cyberspace Solarium Commission, he…

Chesney Assesses Facebook’s New Deepfake Policy

21 Jan 2020

Bobby Chesney, Strauss Center Director and James Baker Professor in Law, recently published an article on Lawfare in response to Facebook’s new deepfake policy, which he regards as an insufficient, albeit welcome, development. Chesney defines deepfakes as “realistic-looking video or audio falsehoods, which show real people doing or saying things they never did or said,” which are…

Strauss Center Announces Launch of Cybersecurity Graduate Fellows Program

20 Aug 2019

Similar to the Strauss Center’s interdisciplinary Brumley Program, the Strauss Center is pleased to announce the launch of its Cybersecurity Fellows Program for graduate students across the University of Texas community.

Strauss Center Hosts “Austin Regional” for the Atlantic Council’s Cybersecurity Policy Competition (Jan. 10-11) – Registration Open

04 Nov 2018

We are excited to announce that the Robert Strauss Center at The University of Texas at Austin is partnering with the Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative to host a “regional” round of the Atlantic Council’s renowned cybersecurity policy competition. This stand-alone event will take place at the University of Texas School of Law on January 10th and…

Strauss Senior Fellow Discusses Exposing DNC Hack

13 Aug 2018

In a recent article for the Weekly Standard, Strauss Center Senior Fellow Matt Tait discusses his involvement in exposing the Russians involved in hacking the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) email servers in 2016. Following the first posting of stolen documents to WikiLeaks, Tait, a former British spy, used publicly available information to eventually conclude that…

Molly Adler Contextualizes Cyberwarfare

13 Feb 2018

Molly Adler, Strauss Center Brumley Fellow and dual-degree Master’s candidate in Global Policy Studies at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, is currently studying the historical context of cyberwarfare and what that means for the future policy responses to these attacks. Molly is being mentored…

Chesney on Wikileaks and CIA’s Hacking Documents

22 Mar 2017

Robert Chesney, Director of the Robert Strauss Center and Charles I. Francis Professor in Law at the University of Texas School of Law, was quoted in the New York Times on March 7, in an article titled “Wikileaks Releases Trove of Alleged C.I.A. Hacking Documents.”

Chesney on Russia’s Cyber Attacks

24 Oct 2016

Strauss Center Director Bobby Chesney recently spoke with KUT’s Texas Standard about media reports that the Obama administration is planning a retaliatory cyber action against Russia.

Chesney on the Recent FBI vs. Apple Court Case

02 Mar 2016

Strauss Center Director and Univeristy of Texas Law Professor Bobby Chesney recently weighed in on the national conversation about personal device encryption and national security. Last week, the FBI took Apple to court and demanded they unlock an iPhone 5C used by San Bernadino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook. This specific case, Chesney argues, is occurring in…