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[liberationtech] Policy Competition Interest

Yosem Companys companys at
Sat Feb 4 21:09:07 PST 2017

From: Alex Zaheer <azaheer at>

Hey everyone!

We're hoping to participate again this year in the *Atlantic Cyber 9/12
cyberpolicy competition*, description found here
The idea is that some sort of "Cyber 9/11" event occurs, and the
competitors are the policymakers on the next day (9/12) that try to advise
the President on how to put the pieces back together. The teams are given a
scenario for which they must write a policy brief from the prospective of
an analyst looking to present the President with their possible response
options. Then, teams fly out to DC on competition day (this year* March 17
and 18*) to give an oral presentation to a panel of judges that are usually
pretty high up in the cyberpolicy field.

For example, in last year's competition, an unknown actor compromised our
GPS systems by infiltrating a third-party defense contractor connected to
the DoD network. They gave a bunch of geopolitical background (to give a
sense of which country would have a motive to hack the US), as well as the
technical details of the hack (as far as was known at the time). We wrote
up and presented an initial brief, and because we advanced to the second
round, during the competition we were given an update to the scenario and
came up with a second brief in 24 hours.

It's a really fun competition, and a good introduction to policy writing.
The competition is close to finals, however personally flying out to DC as
a end-of-the-quarter break was definitely a worthwhile break.

Shoot me an email ASAP if you're interested. It should be pretty dope!

Alex Zaheer

Alex Zaheer
azaheer at
(c)858-956-4060 <(858)%20956-4060>
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