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Terrorism in the Age of Technology: Biothreats And?cyber Warfare


While once considered unconventional, cyber attacks and biological warfare have become an increasing threat to security and a tactic of rising concern. Spanning the areas of computer science, technology and government, technological warfare elucidates the importance of functioning computer networks, screening technologies and the danger that such an attack could pose.

On Oct. 15, Herbert Lin, chief scientist at the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board, National Research Council of the National Academies, presented his work as part of the Peace Studies Program at Cornell University. He was quick to make the distinction between a cyber attack and cyber exploitation, a legal and operational distinction.

On Nov. 9, Prof. Kathleen Vogel, science and technology studies and faculty member of the Peace Studies Program, gave a lecture on the issue of biothreats and policy logistics. According to Vogel, the critical questions that frame the understanding of biological weapons include what biological weapons threaten the U.S.; how the threats have changed after the Cold War, September 11 and the development of biotechnology; and how to better assess such threats for biodefense policy.

From The Cornell Daily Sun
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