On April 29, 2015, the NCAFP brought together a panel of thought leaders in the field of cybersecurity and U.S. foreign policy to discuss the impact of the internet and new technologies on the upcoming presidential election. Their conversation crossed a number of disciplinary boundaries as they all came to agree that web-based technologies will inevitably present challenges that all U.S. leaders will face in the coming years. They frequently mentioned the need to develop a system of multiple stakeholders on the digital stage, and that U.S. hegemony in cyberspace may be coming to an end, for better or for worse.
The panel consisted of Professor Joseph S. Nye, Jr., Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor, Harvard Kennedy School; John N. Stewart, Senior Vice President, Chief Security and Trust Officer, Cisco; and Phil Venables, Chief Information Risk Officer, Goldman Sachs. Their conversation was moderated by Melissa Hathaway, President, Hathaway Global Strategies LLC & Senior Advisor, Project on Technology, Security, and Conflict in the Cyber Age, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University.