January 24 Tuesday

Weaponizing Information: Propaganda to Cyber Conflict

  • Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 10:00AM - 1:30PM
  • SLB 121 10:00 - 12:00; SLB 128 12:10 - 1:30
  • Open To The YLS Community Only
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Information warfare is the use of information to delegitimize rivals and adversaries and/or to push a state’s agenda. The” Weaponizing Information” conference, co-hosted by the Center for Global Legal Challenges and the Information Society Project, will bring together legal, policy, political science, and military experts to discuss the history and future trajectory of information warfare in the internet age. While foreign digital interference raises concerns about the security of our democracy, attempts to use information to delegitimize rivals and adversaries, and/or to push a state’s agenda are not new: rather, they are modern iterations of long-standing information warfare tactics and strategies.

This conference seeks to understand the roots of these practices, as well as asks how today’s technology adds new dimensions. In what ways does cyber conflict change – or reassert – existing information warfare norms? What are the military, legal and policy implications of this evolution? What existing precedents should inform new scholarship and policy orienting principles?

Sponsored by the Oscar M. Ruebhausen Fund


10:00a - Welcome breakfast

10:30a - Panel 1: Manipulation and Misinformation: Propaganda and False News
Moderated by Professor Michael Reisman



Professor Ellen Goodman, Rutgers Law
Professor Jason Stanley, Yale Department of Philosophy
Patrick Tucker, Defense One


Livestream here: https://yalelaw.hosted.panopto.com/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=0e21cd06-ba6b-4cf6-9b9a-79345a389328

12:00p - Panel 2: Information Warfare in the Cyber Era
Moderated by Professor Oona Hathaway



Professor Catherine Lotrionte, Georgetown University
Jacquelyn Scehneider, Naval War College
Dr. Aaron Brantly, United States Military Academy


Livestream here: https://yalelaw.hosted.panopto.com/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=cb76c51f-5e15-49d6-80fb-d2090ec21d03

Sponsoring Organization(s)


Oscar M. Ruebhausen Fund