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  • Senator McCain Discusses “America’s Global Leadership”

    Earlier this month, Senator John McCain spoke at the U.S. Naval War College about the importance of America’s role as a global superpower. The event, co-hosted by the Naval War College and the Pell Center, was held in the Spruance Auditorium and was well-attended by the public. Following introductions made by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and Salve Regina University president Sister Jane Gerety, McCain began by stating the world we live in … Read More

  • World War I, Climate Change and World Cup Hacktivism | Monday Reads

    100 Years After the Start of World War I The War to End All Wars? Hardly. But It Did Change Them Forever | The New York Times 40 Maps that explain World War I | Vox Scars of World War I Linger in Europe on Eve of Centennial | The Wall Street Journal The defining event of the 20th century is not the Second World War, but the first.  The … Read More

  • The Battle for Cyberspace, Climate Adaptation, and Iraq |Monday Reads

    China and America’s Battle in Cyberspace: Hyper or Reality? China and America’s Dangerous Battle in Cyberspace | The National Interest American Businesses in China Feel Heat of a Cyberdispute | The New York Times Five Myths About Chinese Hackers | The Washington Post New charges of Chinese military units conducting “targeted economic espionage campaigns” against U.S. and European industries are stirring up a cycle of accusation and counteraccusation between the … Read More

  • Cybersecurity Risk, Political Polarization, and Return of al-Qaeda |Picks of the Week

    Cybersecurity as a Leadership Issue Exclusive: U.S. companies seek cyber experts for top jobs, board seats | Reuters If You Think Cybersecurity Is ‘Just an IT Problem,’ Prepare to Get Owned | NextGov Cyber Security Risk: Perception vs. Reality in Corporate America | Wired “High-profile data breaches such as the one at Target are injecting a new sense of urgency for U.S. companies to hire cybersecurity experts in newly elevated positions and … Read More

  • Introducing | “Picks of the Week” by the Pell Center Fellows

    Whether it’s cybersecurity or economics, the Pell Center fellows are highly active thought leaders in their fields. Starting this week, the Pell Center fellows will be sharing articles that caught their interest in their area of expertise: Cybersecurity Cyberspace 2025: Today’s Decisions, Tomorrow’s Terrain: Microsoft report analyzes impact of today’s decisions on future of global cybersecurity | WinBeta “It is fundamental to reflect on the relationship between cybersecurity and socio-economic conditions to … Read More

  • Pell Center Cybersecurity Conference Discusses Industrial Espionage and Cyber Counter Strikes

    NEWPORT, RI—Over 100 senior leaders representing Rhode Island’s private and public sectors, law enforcement, and academia gathered at the Pell Center on May 20, 2014 to participate in a two-hour panel discussion on “Cybersecurity and Cyber Counter Strikes: Concepts and Laws.” The event brought together internationally renowned experts and cybersecurity practitioners to discuss numerous key cyber-operation concepts, including the legal implications of active defense, cyber-countermeasures vis-a-vis the Tallinn Manual, and how “privatized cyber counter strikes” may … Read More

  • “Climate change” vs. “global warming”

    The Center for Climate Change Communication (4C) at George Mason University has just released a report that discusses the relative merits of the terms climate change and global warming – from the perspective of communicators trying to engage audiences on this critical topic. The results are a reminder that word choice matters – a conclusion I am professionally obligated to endorse, as a cognitive linguist. They are also a reminder … Read More

  • Pell Center receives RI Foundation Grant to Support Innovation in RI Cities and Towns

    Newport, RI—Investing in the human capital so important to Rhode Island’s cities and towns, the Rhode Island Foundation awarded a $45,000 grant to the Pell Center at Salve Regina University to support Leadership Matters—a multi-community leadership development initiative in its first year. Leadership Matters is a three-phase program for public leaders in Rhode Island. In the first phase, teams from Middletown, Newport, and Pawtucket, as well as one from Salve … Read More

  • Upcoming Panel Discussion: Cybersecurity and Cyber Counter Strikes: Concepts and Laws

    “Hacking back” techniques–engaging in cyber intrusions on the initial adversary–are becoming increasingly appealing to companies that wish to identify and expose hackers, and potentially cripple the operations of cyber attackers. Companies employing these techniques, however, need to consider potential legal exposure and ethical issues, and be mindful that these activities may incite hackers frustrated with such countermeasures to hit even harder. This panel discussion will review current international and domestic thinking and their relationship to … Read More

  • Pell Center Cybersecurity Awareness Seminar Teaches Companies How To Foster A Cyber-Aware Culture

    NEWPORT, R.I.—The Pell Center hosted a cybersecurity awareness seminar on April 22 in collaboration with New England’s premier electricity and gas utility company, National Grid, as part of its ongoing Rhode Island Corporate Cybersecurity Initiative. This particular seminar focused on how effective security strategies within a company—not merely cybersecurity awareness—can help bolster overall cybersecurity by changing internal culture and attitudes towards cyber threats. In other words, companies from start-ups to … Read More

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