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  • 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

  • Pell Center Lecture Explores Central Issues and Characters of Cybersecurity

    NEWPORT, R.I. — Last night, Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence at the Brookings Institution, Peter W. Singer, discussed his latest book “Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know” and took his captivated audience on a fascinating tour of the central issues and characters of cybersecurity. The event was part of the ongoing Pell Center lecture series on Cyber Leadership. “A generation ago, ‘cyberspace’ was … Read More

  • Upcoming Film Screening: Pell Grants

    NEWPORT, R.I. – Filmmakers Elyse Katz and Steven Feinberg will join former members of the late Senator Claiborne Pell’s staff on Wednesday, April 30, for a screening of Pell Grants: A Passion for Education. The 2013 documentary, which premiered at last summer’s Rhode Island International Film Festival, tells the story of the celebrated Pell Grants and the role of higher education in today’s ever-changing world. The screening begins at 7 … Read More

  • Nuala Pell, patron of the arts and humanities, dies at 89

    Mrs. Nuala Pell, philanthropist and widow of the late Sen. Claiborne de Borda Pell, passed away early Sunday morning, The Providence Journal reports: Word of her passing prompted an outpouring of tribute. “An extraordinary woman whose grace and decency infused everything she did and everything Senator Pell did,” is how Sen. Jack Reed remembered her. “She was just a wonderful person.” “Nuala Pell’s remarkable lifetime of public service left an … Read More

  • One Decade, Many Lessons: Islam in a post-9/11 America

    American Muslims are confronting a stark new reality: mounting opposition to the construction of mosques, congressional hearings into the radicalization of Muslim youth and rising hate crimes against Muslims. Americans hold a less favorable view of Islam today than even after the attacks. What happened? To answer this question, Andrea Elliott transports her audiences into the little-known world of American Islam—a community in search of itself. As terrorism in the … Read More

  • Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs To Know

    A generation ago, “cyberspace” was just a term from science fiction, used to describe the nascent network of computers linking a few university labs. Today, our entire modern way of life, from communication to commerce to conflict, fundamentally depends on the Internet. And the cybersecurity issues that result challenge literally everyone: politicians wrestling with everything from cybercrime to online freedom; generals protecting the nation from new forms of attack, while … Read More

  • Pell Center pays tribute to Jennifer Cook, Member of its Story Board

    Newport, RI –Pell Center director Jim Ludes released the following statement regarding the loss of Rhode Island College professor Jennifer Cook: “We are heartbroken by the passing of Jennifer Cook in a tragic accident this past weekend.  We had only just begun to work with Jennifer, but know how gifted she was as a teacher and as a storyteller. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends, … Read More

  • Newport Daily News: “Focus on Cybersecurity”

    NEWPORT, R.I. The Newport Daily News reported on the Pell Center’s National Cybersecurity Framework panel discussion held on Tuesday, March 11. Representative Jim Langevin (Dem., RI) and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (Dem., RI) attended the panel discussion and gave keynote addresses:  Agents of foreign governments  and businesses tap into U.S. computer  systems and help themselves to product specifications and other information  that helps businesses in their countries  compete on the world market, … Read More

  • Newport Daily News: “Professors Discuss Healthcare at Forum”

    NEWPORT, R.I. – The Newport Daily News featured an article on the Pell Center’s panel discussion, “Rhetoric of the Affordable Care Act,” on Thursday, March 6: The political tension emanating from the federal Affordable Care Act is simply more of the same and can be traced back to the founding fathers’ debate over the role of government, two panelists agreed Wednesday night. Bryant University political  science professor Richard Holtzman and … Read More