Graduate students from around the world will partner with New America to tackle two emerging issues of global importance: cybersecurity and trade.

CHICAGO, IL – March 1, 2018 – This weekend, the Inter-Policy School Summit, the only student-run public policy conference in the country, will convene senior fellows from New America, the think tank and civic enterprise, and more than thirty graduate student leaders from around the globe to tackle issues at the intersection of cybersecurity and trade. Together, student leaders and New America fellows will develop a framework for analyzing the interrelated and urgently timely topics of cybersecurity policy and global trade regimes. Nicholas Percoco, the Chief Security Officer at Uptake, will deliver the keynote address at the event.                                                                                          

“Cybersecurity is an issue of immediate global concern that’s rightly demanding attention, but there’s been limited work done on the impact that cybersecurity policies could have on our international trade regimes,” said Monica Torres, a co-executive director of the Summit. “By partnering with New America and bringing in more than thirty students who are deeply committed to this field, the Summit is well positioned to explore these issues with the intellectual rigor and analysis they deserve.”

“The summit provides a venue for ambitious graduate students from around the world to come together and put theory to practice in analyzing and making recommendations that can address thorny policy issues,” added Bruno Osorio, Torres’ fellow co-director.

Now in its second year, the Inter-Policy School Summit, an event at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, will convene students from seventeen different universities representing six different countries, including the US, France, Brazil, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. The students will break off into teams to analyze specific questions relating to cybersecurity and trade, all while receiving guidance from subject matter experts. On the final day, students will present their recommendations to New America, who will hope to use them to develop a new framework for analyzing these issues.

The Summit will run from March 2 to March 4 at the International House (1414 E. 59th Street) and Ida Noyes Hall (1212 E 59th Street) at the University of Chicago.




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