- Code NSPO8009
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by ANU National Security College
- ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Course subject National Security Policy
- Areas of interest International Relations, Law, Information Technology, Security Studies, Strategic Studies
- Academic career PGRD
- Dr James Mortensen
- Mode of delivery In Person
Second Semester 2022
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This course is available for in-person and remote (online) learning.
The course examines cyber and other emerging technologies as a domain where states project power and protect their interests. It considers the interaction of state and non-state actors, cyber enabled conflict and cooperation, as well as cyber-enhanced tools of statecraft including espionage and information operations. It also considers how states are adapting to the threats and opportunities in this new domain, including those presented by emerging technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT), drones and artificial intelligence. Throughout, it explores the future of cyberspace and emerging technologies and the potential to disrupt ideas of national security.
Incorporating insights from scholars and practitioners at the ANU Cyber Institute as well as the wider academic and policy communities, this course draws from security studies, comparative politics, international law, psychology, and computer science. The focus of readings, lectures, and assessments will be more strategic than technical, though there will be coverage of the necessary technical vocabulary with which national security scholars and practitioners must be conversant. Throughout, global case studies are utilised to help illuminate different conceptual and theoretical perspectives, with an eye towards responsive security policy formulation.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Understand the challenges and emerging technological trends states face in cyberspace
- Demonstrate a sophisticated appreciation of the emerging forces and technologies shaping the future of state and non-state interactions in cyberspace
- Communicate analysis and argument related to cyber and emerging technologies, including properly applying correct terminology in technical and national security policy contexts
- Demonstrate a good understanding of the measures, drivers and implications of cyberpower as well as the implications for cyber conflict and cyber cooperation
- Analyse comparative national security strategies in cyberspace and emerging technology through case studies
- Scholarly Op Ed (30) [LO 1,2,4,5]
- Response Analysis (35) [LO 1,2,3,5]
- Final Paper (35) [LO 1,2,3,4]
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Weekly lectures and discussions for a 12 week semester. In addition the expectation of a further independent study to total 130 over the duration of the semester.
Requisite and Incompatibility
A list of readings will be provided in lieu of a prescribed text.
Myriam Dunn Cavelty and Andreas Wenger “Cyber security meets security politics: complex technology, fragmented politics and networked science” Contemporary Security Policy 41, 1 (2020): 5-32.
Marcus Willett, “Assessing Cyber Power”, Survival 61 (2019): 85-90.
Citron Chesney, “Deep Fakes: A Looming Challenge for Privacy, Democracy, and National Security”, 107 Calif. L. Rev. 1753 (2019)
Lawrence J. Trautman and Peter C. Ormerod, “Industrial Cyber Vulnerabilities: Lessons from Stuxnet and the Internet of Things” University of Miami Law Review 72, no. 3 (Spring 2018): 761-826.
Jennifer Hunt, “For sale, cheap: Armed Drones” Lowy Interpreter, 6 July 2017.
Gary Brown, “Spying and fighting in cyberspace: What is which?” Journal of National Security Law and Policy 8 (2016): 1-22.
Lesley Seebeck. “Cadence, War and Security” Australian Journal of International Affairs, 58, 4 (2004): 494-510.
Adam Henschke "Privacy, The Internet Of Things And State Surveillance - Handling Personal Information Within An Inhuman System." Moral Philosophy And Politics (2021 forthcoming)
Florian J. Egloff, “Contested public attribution of cyber incidents and the role of academia” Contemporary Security Policy 41, 1, (2020): 55-81.
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