Category: General News, Student Experience, Tech & Public Policy

Title: What the conflict in Ukraine can teach us about the future of cyberwarfare

Developing public-private partnerships

Even before the war began, governments, companies, civil society groups and countless others have supported the Ukrainian people and their institutions. In the years following the Russian annexation of Crimea, many private companies worked to fill the technological gap that Ukraine found itself in, understanding that, due to its’ location, Ukraine played a unique role in maintaining balance in the region.

Since the start of the war these organizations have increased their efforts ten-fold.  Google, for example, donated 50,000 Google Workspace licenses to the Ukrainian government, developed rapid Air Raid Alerts systems for Android phones in the region and supported refugees, businesses and entrepreneurs across the country. Bolton noted that taking a stand like this has massive policy implications and often leaves decision-makers with the policy choices around how to ensure the rights and security of all of their users across the globe.

“The policy implications are fascinating. Do you remove state-run media from [Google]? When do you choose to make that decision? Is it only true in times of conflict? And if so, how do you decide which side to take? The policy implications of these decisions are endless and immense.”

Tatyana Bolton

The choices the Ukrainian government chose to make in the days leading up to the war were difficult but have saved countless lives and futures. As the kinetic war in Ukraine continues to unfold there is no doubt that tech policy leaders from across the world will be watching with a keen eye to make sure that global citizens remain safe through the next inevitable cyber attack.