Putin’s Internet Awakening: How Russia Views Information, the Web, and Modern Conflict and Control

The Russian government’s full-scale war on Ukraine drew the world’s eyes to the region—and to the information conflict waged between the nations. Yet, there is a decades-long history of the Putin regime weaponizing the internet in its favor, and there is an even longer Russian history of thinking around information, conflict, and power. This talk will dive into that sphere—examining the Kremlin’s view of the internet, how the Russian government uses cyber and information power in today’s world, and how this will shape the geopolitical landscape in the decade to come.

Justin Sherman is a senior fellow at Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy, a nonresident fellow at the Atlantic Council, and an independent consultant on cybersecurity, technology and internet policy, and geopolitical risk. He has testified to Congress and briefed members of European Parliament, written hundreds of articles and numerous reports, and consulted for and advised nonprofits, startups, Fortune 100/500 companies, investors, and the US government on a range of technology, policy, and geopolitical issues. Previously, he worked for American University Washington College of Law, New America, Lawfare, and the NSA’s Laboratory for Analytic Sciences, among others. He earned his M.A. in Security Studies from Georgetown University and his B.S. in Computer Science and his B.A. in Political Science from Duke University. Follow him on Twitter @jshermcyber and reach out at https://justinwsherman.com/.

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