Rhiannon Neilsen

Rhiannon Neilsen, Ph.D

  • Postdoctoral Fellow

Biography

Dr. Neilsen is the Cyber Security Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC). Her research focuses on new technologies in conflict (specifically cyber, social media, and AI), mass atrocities, dis/misinformation, and the ethics of war. Whilst at CISAC, Rhiannon will be working on her project, 'Algorithms for Atrocity Prevention', where she argues for using ‘cyber humanitarian interventions’ and online influence operations to protect populations from mass atrocities (genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing). Her published work has appeared in journals such as International Affairs, Terrorism and Political Violence, and Ethics and International Affairs. Most recently, she has published in Lawfare on the Russia-Ukraine conflict. 

Previously, Rhiannon was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Australian National University, a Research Consultant for the Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict (ELAC) at the University of Oxford, and a Visiting Fellow at the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defense Center of Excellence.

publications

Journal Articles
August 2023

Cyber Intelligence and Influence: In Defense of “Cyber Manipulation Operations” to Parry Atrocities

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Journal Articles
May 2023

"Honey, I'm Hacked": Ethical Questions Raised by Ukrainian Cyber Deception of Russian Military Wives

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Journal Articles
March 2023

Revising, or Rejecting, ‘Reasonable Prospect of Success’ in Just Wars? Lessons From Ukraine

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In The News

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Q&As

Fellowship Spotlight: Rhiannon Neilsen

A new feature highlighting the work of CISAC fellows
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Commentary

Revising, or Rejecting, ‘Reasonable Prospect of Success’ in Just Wars? Lessons From Ukraine

“It’s a victory when the weapons fall silent and people speak up.”
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Cybersecurity
Commentary

Coding protection: 'cyber humanitarian interventions' for preventing mass atrocities

Cyberspace has had an unprecedented effect on how society functions, especially as a tool for fomenting division and organizing violence.
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