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2014 Roundtable on Post-Communism

Roundtable 2013"Cyberpolitik in the Post-Communist Era: The International Politics of the Internet, Cyberspace, and Cybersecurity"

April 4, 2014
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM,
IMU State Room East

Format | Biographical Information about Speakers | Preparatory Reading Material |
Schedule | Co-Sponsors


The roundtable focuses on a question that is circulated in advance to the roundtable panelists. Each panelist prepares a 1000-word statement in response to a brief (150-200 word) “provocation”—a statement and series of questions. This question and brief initial responses by each panelist are posted in advance, so that all who attend the roundtable are familiar with the core question and the positions of the panelists. The moderators will introduce the themes and questions of the panel, the participants, and will then ask two commentators to speak for 10-15 minutes, after which each panel presenter will have 10 minutes to address the questions posed by the commentator and to comment on other papers on that panel. Our practice is to designate as commentators scholars who can broaden the multidisciplinary and comparative reach of the panel rather than people who replicate the expertise of the three main panelists. After this the floor is open for discussion.

Biographical Information:


David FidlerDavid Fidler is a James Louis Calamaras Professor at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. A specialist in international law, he is one of the world's leading experts on the relationship between international law and cyberspace, cybersecurity law and policy, the rule of law in counterinsurgency and stability operations, international law and global health, biosecurity threats posed by biological weapons and bioterrorism, arms control and non-proliferation concerning weapons of mass destruction, the international legal implications of "non-lethal" weapons, and the globalization of baseball.

In addition to his teaching and scholarly activities, Professor Fidler has served as an international legal consultant to the World Bank (on foreign investment in Palestine), the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (on global health issues), the U.S. Department of Defense's Defense Science Board (on bioterrorism), the Scientists Working Group on Biological and Chemical Weapons of the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, U.S. Joint Forces Command (on rule of law issues in stability operations), the Interagency Afghanistan Integrated Civilian-Military Pre-Deployment Training Course organized by the Departments of Defense, State, Agriculture and the U.S. Agency for International Development, and various initiatives undertaken by non-governmental organizations in the areas of global health and arms control.

Professor Fidler is a Fellow at the Indiana University Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research, a Fellow with the Pacific and Asia Society, and an Associate Fellow with the Centre on Global Health Security at Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House). He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the American Society of International Law's Interest Group on International Law and Technology.

Scott ShackelfordScott Shackelford is Assistant Professor of Business Law and Ethics at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business, where he teaches cybersecurity, international business law, and sustainability among other courses, as well as being a fellow at the Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research. He has written more than 30 articles, essays, and book chapters that have been published in such publications as the New York University Environmental Law Journal, American Business Law Journal, Stanford Environmental Law Journal, and the Berkeley Journal of International Law. Professor Shackelford has also written op-eds on the topic of cybersecurity that have been published in the Huffington Post and the San Francisco Chronicle, while his research has been covered by National Public Radio, the Atlantic, and USA Today. His academic work has been recognized with such awards as the Stanford Law School Steven Block Civil Liberties Award for Writing on Civil Rights, and in 2011 Professor Shackelford won the Indiana University Trustees’ Teaching Award for Excellence. A frequent speaker to a variety of audiences, Professor Shackelford has presented his research on cybersecurity at diverse forums, including Notre Dame, Georgetown, Australian National University, the Prime Minister and Cabinet Office of the Government of Australia, the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, NATO, the Swedish National Defense College, and the Indiana Counter Proliferation Task Force.


Keir GilesKeir Giles is the Associate Fellow for the International Security and Russia and Eurasia Programme at the Chatham House, as well as the director for the Conflict Studies Research Centre. His fields of expertise include: Cyber and information security, Military transformation in Russia, and Russian foreign and domestic security policy. His current projects include: Russian military transformation and underlying doctrinal interests, and Ballistic missile defence in Russia-US relations (paper forthcoming). His most recent publications include: 'Russia's Approach to Cyber Security', Russian Analytical Digest, August 2013; 'Russian Interests in Sub-Saharan Africa', US Army War College Strategic Studies Institute, July 2013; and 'Russia and Cyber Security', Nação e Defesa (Journal of Portuguese National Defence Intitute), No. 133-2012, November 2012.

Adam SegalAdam Segal is the Maurice R. Green Senior Fellow for China Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. His fields of expertise include: Technology and development in China and India, East Asian security, Chinese domestic and foreign policy, Cyberconflict, and Cybersecurity. Currently, he is working on the U.S.-Asia Update Roundtable Series. His most recent publications include Defending an Open, Global, Secure, and Resilient Internet (Task Force Report No. 70) and his book, Advantage.

Hedi NasheriHedi Nasheri is a Professor of Sociology at Kent State University and a Visiting Professor at the University of Turku Law School in Finland. Professor Nasheri has been appointed as a Senior Research Fellow at New York University School of Law's Center for Research in Crime and Justice. She is a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University's National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse. She has written and lectured extensively in the areas of law and social sciences and has given a number of invited lectures nationally and internationally on a wide range of policy and law related topics. She was awarded a Fellowship at the University of London's Institute of Advanced Legal Studies in United Kingdom and is a recipient of several international awards and grants, including a grant from the United States Department of Justice for studying issues related to intellectual property law and a grant from the State Department of the United States for studying issues related to technology crimes in Eastern and Central Europe. Professor Nasheri is the author of five books, including Economic Espionage and Industrial Spying (Cambridge University Press), Crime and Justice in the Age of Court TV and Betrayal of Due Process, as well as numerous articles and book reviews. Her research has been cited by the Blue Ribbon Commission on Jury System Improvement, the Australian Parliament, the United Nations' International Criminal Tribunal, the United Nations' Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, the South African Law Commission, and the United States Code, Annotated. Professor Nasheri serves as an editor and on the editorial board of several of international journals.

Preparatory Reading Material:


Public Roundtable
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
IMU State Room East


Istvan BenczesIstván Benczes is a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Indiana University from the University of Budapest. His main responsibilities include the managing of international scientific and educational affairs of the faculty. He is also acting as the programme director of the English Master’s programme, titled MA in International Economy and Business, and is also responsible for coordinating the Erasmus Mundus programme, the International MA in Economy, State and Society as a programme managing director. Dr. Benczes is also heavily involved in the organisation and management of some other double degree programmes as well (e.g. University of Gröningen).

Dr. Benczes has participated in several research projects, such as the yearly Investment Report of UNCTAD, or the MDGs at UNDP. He has worked for the Hungarian Prime Minister’s Office (the Euro-adoption in Hungary), the State Audit Office (rule-based budgeting), the National Development Agency (economic governance in relation to the EU2020 strategy and the future of the EU’s cohesion policy), the Ministry for Economic Affairs (fiscal policy in the EU), the Ministry for Education (financing higher education in Great Britain), the Institute for World Economy (financial crises in Asia), and the Institute for Political History (industrial relations and social pacts).

Hans IboldHans Ibold is Assistant Professor in the School of Journalism. He is a former news reporter with experience covering technology and the arts for both print and Web publications. He came to Central Asian studies late in his career, when he served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Kyrgyzstan from 2003 to 2005. He taught English in a rural village in the southern oblast of Osh, wedged between Uzbekistan to the west and China to the east. Witnessing the spread and influence of networked media in Kyrgyzstan’s post-Soviet and—at the time—revolutionary context sparked an interest in media globalization in Central Asia.

His projects have examined the ways Kyrgyz people use media to understand and shape the past, present, and future. This research focuses primarily on identity and citizenship, which are changing in unprecedented ways in Central Asia’s new media landscape, especially for youth. With this line of research, he hopes to add knowledge from the Central Asian context to emerging scholarship on mediated global citizenship. Understanding globally oriented citizenship has important practical implications for Central Asians, who are increasingly entangled in a new great game for natural resources.

Dr. Ibold's other ongoing research examines the internationalization of journalism education. These projects support his ongoing efforts to use Central Asia as a case study in courses he teaches on international reporting and media globalization.

David HakkenDavid Hakken is a the Director of the Social Informatics Program, and a Professor within the School of Informatics. He is a cultural anthropologist, who does field work (ethnography) in cyberspace as well as in real life. In addition to four grants from the US National Science Foundation, one from the Social Science Research Council, and two from the Fulbright Program, he did research for the New York State Technology Foundation, the Resource Center for Independent Living, other not-for-profit organizations and public social services. While teaching Anthropology and Information Studies at the State University of New York Institute of Technology, he ran the Institute’s Policy Center. Dr. Hakken is a past president of the Society for the Anthropology of Work of the American Anthropological Association, the first recipient of the AAA’s Textor Prize in Anticipatory Anthropology, and the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities. Besides several scholarly and popular articles, he has written four books on computing and co-edited another. his most recent book, the second with Routledge Press, The Knowledge Landscapes of Cyberspace, was published in October, 2003.

His ultimate research goal is to understand both how automated information and communication technologies are shaped by cultures as well as how AICTs shape cultures. He also promote AICTs that expand, not undermine, human capabilities.


Indiana University Russian & East European Institute, Inner Asian & Uralic National Resource Center, East Asian Studies Center, Center for the Study of Global Change, IU Center for International Business Education & Research, Department of Economics, Kelley School of Business, School of Public and Environmental Affairs