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Schrodinger’s Policy Agenda: Where Do Quantum Computers and other Futuristic Threats Belong?

PRESENTED BY: Ryan Deschamps, Postdoctoral Scholar, University of Waterloo

Under uncertainty, policy problems find themselves in a "quantum state" where assessing risk requires the resolution of several hypothetical scenarios. Quantum cybersecurity is one such example. Scientists have already confirmed that a "supreme" quantum computer could easily undermine the cryptography that is widely used by most computer servers and the World Wide Web. If a malicious state or criminal actor could access such a computer, they could use it to compromise a nation's critical infrastructure such as the energy grid or airport systems and cause injury or death to citizens. It is also possible that industry and other actors can over-respond and waste resources that can be applied to other concerns. This presentation will provide a layperson's overview of the "Quantum threat" and other hypothetical cybersecurity scenarios, arguing that a policy design is the most effective approach to managing evidence-confirmed but uncertain policy concerns.

About our presenter:
Ryan Deschamps is a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Waterloo with a background in cybersecurity, digital governance and information policy.

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Date ( Add to your Calendar)
Thursday, February 11, 2021
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

How to Connect
Please register via the link provided and the Zoom connection details will be emailed out.

Karen Jaster-Laforge