Please note that this program is open to accepted congressional staff only.

Threats in cyberspace, innovations in emerging technology, complex digital interdependence and challenges for security, governance, privacy and safety capture headlines across the globe each day. Nations, companies and individuals are increasingly dependent on information and information technology for societal functions. Ensuring the security of information and information technology — cybersecurity — against a broad spectrum of hackers, criminals, terrorists, propagandists and state actors is a critical task for the nation. Cybersecurity and emerging technology challenges are evolving rapidly, with threats facing the nation changing by the day.

Artificial intelligence developments and are likewise being documented all over the world, with advances for medicine, automation, mobile apps, IoT devices, robotics, and more. In collaboration with the Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence hub recently launched at Stanford, the Boot Camp will introduce fundamentals of machine learning and AI. As their mission states, the development of AI should be paired with an ongoing study of its impact on human society and guided accordingly.

Cybersecurity is not solely a technical matter, although it is easy for policy analysts and others to get lost in the technical details. Improving cybersecurity is a multi-faceted enterprise that requires drawing on knowledge from computer science, economics, law, political science, psychology, international relations, and a host of other disciplines. This Boot Camp draws upon the expertise of cyber and artificial intelligence scholars in academia as well as senior business leaders and security professionals in Silicon Valley and beyond to provide perspectives on the many dimensions of this dynamic set of issues.

This year’s Boot Camp will incorporate multiple viewpoints and interactive sessions to provide an understanding of the fundamentals of cybersecurity and artificial intelligence, the nature of international security challenges and threats, various approaches to addressing these threats, and the development and use of capabilities to advance national interests. The Stanford Cyber and Artificial Intelligence Policy Boot Camp seeks to give congressional staffers a conceptual framework to understand the threat environment of today and how it might evolve so that they are better able to anticipate and manage the converging technology and policy issues of tomorrow. 

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Monday, August 26
Day 1: Cyber Offense and Defense
Tuesday, August 27
Day 2: Technical & Nontechnical Approaches
Wednesday, August 28
Day 3: Industry Voices, and the Future of Artificial Intelligence

11:30 am - 12:00 pm: Introduction And Program Overview

  • Andrew Grotto, William J. Perry International Security Fellow, Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), Research Fellow, Hoover Institution
  • Dr. Herb Lin, Senior Research Scholar, CISAC; Hank J. Holland Fellow, Hoover Institution

8:30 am - 9:00 am: Breakfast and Day 1 Debrief

  • Andrew Grotto, William J. Perry International Security Fellow, Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), Research Fellow, Hoover Institution
  • Dr. Herb Lin, Senior Research Scholar, CISAC; Hank J. Holland Fellow, Hoover Institution

9:00 am - 9:30 am: Breakfast and Day 2 Debrief

  • Andrew Grotto, William J. Perry International Security Fellow, Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), Research Fellow, Hoover Institution
  • Dr. Herb Lin, Senior Research Scholar, CISAC; Hank J. Holland Fellow, Hoover Institution

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm: Lunch Keynote and Welcome

  • H.R. McMaster, Fouad and Michelle Ajami Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution; Former assistant to the president for National Security Affairs; Retired Lieutenant General, U.S. Army

9:00 am - 11:00 am: Hands on Hack Lab

  • Alex Stamos, Stanford University

9:30 am - 10:45 am: Industry Perspectives Panel

  • Raj Shah (Chair), Visiting Fellow, Hoover Institution; Co-CEO,
  • Frank Chen, Partner, Andreessen Horowitz
  • Michelle Finneran Dennedy, Chief Executive Officer, DrumWave Inc.
  • Rick Howard, Chief Security Officer, Palo Alto Networks
  • Dr. Mark Rosekind, Chief Safety Innovation Officer, Zoox


12:30 pm - 1:30 pm: Thinking Like An Attacker

  • Greg Conti, Senior Security Strategist, IronNet Cybersecurity
  • Dr. Herb Lin, Stanford University
  • Andrew Grotto, Stanford University (Moderator)

11:00 am - 11:15 am: Break

10:45 am - 11:00 am: Break

1:30 pm - 1:45 pm: Break

11:15 am - 12:15 pm: Lunch - Cyber Risk, Economics, And Organizational Dimensions Of Cyberspace

  • Dr. Greg Falco, Security Researcher, Stanford CISAC
  • Dr. Tyler Moore, Tandy Assistant Professor of Cyber Security and Information Assurance, University of Tulsa
  • Dr. Herb Lin, Stanford University (Moderator)

11:00 am - 12:00 pm: Fundamentals Of AI And Machine Learning

  • Dr. Emma Brunskill, Assistant Professor, Computer Science, Stanford University; Stanford AI for Human Impact Lab 
  • Dr. Jeff Clune, Harris Associate Professor, Computer Science, University of Wyoming; Senior Research Manager, Uber AI Labs
  • Andrew Grotto, Stanford University, (Moderator)

1:45 pm - 3:00 pm: Current Threat Landscape

  • Kevin Mandia, CEO, FireEye
  • Sean Kanuck, CISAC Affiliate and Hoover Institution Visiting Fellow; Former National Intelligence Officer for Cyber Issues, Office of the Director of National Intelligence
  • Dr. Herb Lin, Stanford University (Moderator)

12:15 pm - 12:30 pm: Break

12:15 pm - 1:15 pm: Keynote Lunch: Artificial Intelligence and Safety

  • Dr. Fei Fei Li, Co-Director, Stanford Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence Initiative, Stanford University; Professor, Computer Science, Stanford University
  • Mykel Kochenderfer, Assistant Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University; Director, Stanford Intelligent Systems Laboratory
  • Andrew Grotto, Stanford University (Moderator)

3:00 pm - 3:15 pm: Break

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm: Privacy & Security for Consumers, Customers, and Critical Infrastructure

  • Robert Chesney, Associate Dean and Charles I. Francis Professor, University of Texas School of Law; Director, Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law
  • Dr. Jennifer King, Director of Consumer Privacy, Center for Internet and Society, Stanford Law School
  • Ted Gizewski, Vice President, Product Legal, Salesforce
  • Andrew Grotto, Stanford University (Moderator)


1:15 pm - 1:30 pm: Break

3:15 pm - 4:15 pm: Threats To Cybersecurity

  • Carey Nachenberg, Chief Scientist, Chronicle; Adjunct Assistant Professor of Computer Science, UCLA
  • Dr. Tom Berson, Visiting Scholar, Stanford CISAC; Advisory Board Member, Salesforce; Founder, Anagram Laboratories
  • Dr. Herb Lin,  Stanford University (Moderator)

1:30 pm - 1:45 pm: Break

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm: Ethics And Governance Questions For AI

  • Dr. John Villasenor, Professor of Electrical Engineering, Law, Public Policy, and Management, University of California Los Angeles
  • Dr. Patrick Lin, Director, Emerging Sciences Group, California Polytechnic State University
  • Dr. Herb Lin, Stanford University (Moderator)


4:15 pm - 4:30 pm: Break

1:45 pm - 2:45 pm: International Law And Cybersecurity

  • Tess Bridgeman, Senior Fellow, Center on Law and Security, NYU
  • Dr. Herb Lin, Stanford University
  • Andrew Grotto, Stanford University (Moderator)

2:40 pm - 3:50 pm: Hoover Tower And Archives Tour

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm: Dinner: Offensive Dimensions Of Cybersecurity

  • Dr. Herb Lin, Stanford University
  • Jason Kichen, Security Consultant
  • Andrew Grotto, Stanford University (Moderator)

2:45 pm - 3:45 pm: Fundamentals of Defense for Cybersecurity

  • Irving Lachow
  • Andrew Grotto, Stanford University
  • Herb Lin, Stanford University (Moderator)

4:15 pm - 5:30 pm: Visit to Center for Automotive Research at Stanford 

  • Dr. Stephen Zoepf, Executive Director, Center for Automotive Research, Stanford University
  • Bryan Casey, Lecturer in Law, Stanford University
  • Dr. Marco Pavone, Associate Professor, Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University

5:30 pm - 6:00 pm: Break

3:45 pm - 4:00 pm: Break

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm: Dinner And Reflections 

6:00 pm - 8:30 pm: Hospital Ransomware Attack Simulation

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Cyber Enabled Information Warfare and Influence Operations

  • Dr. Rosanna Guadagno, Director, Information Warfare Working Group, Stanford University
  • Dr. Herb Lin, Stanford University
  • Andrew Grotto, Stanford University (Moderator)



5:00 pm: Break


6:30 pm - 9:00 pm: Keynote Reception/Dinner – Perspectives on Futures of Artificial Intelligence

  • Dr. John Etchemendy, Co-Director, Stanford Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence Initiative; Provost Emeritus, and Patrick Suppes Family Professor in the School of Humanities, Stanford University
  • Reid Hoffman, Partner, Greylock Partners; Co-founder and former Executive Chairman, LinkedIn
  • Ambassador Michael McFaul, Senior Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies; Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University (Moderator)


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