Rhiannon Neilsen

Rhiannon Neilsen, Ph.D

  • Postdoctoral Fellow

Biography

Dr. Neilsen is a Cyber Security Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC). Previously, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Australian National University. Her research interests sit at the intersection of cyberspace, atrocity prevention, and normative ethics. Whilst at CISAC, Rhiannon will be working on her project, 'Algorithms for Atrocity Prevention', where she argues for using ‘cyber humanitarian interventions’ to protect populations from mass atrocities.  

During her PhD, Rhiannon was a Visiting Doctoral Fellow at the University of Oxford (2019-2020), sponsored by the Australian Federation of Graduate Women, and a Visiting Fellow at the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence in Tallinn, Estonia (2019). In 2020 and 2021, Rhiannon was a Research Consultant for the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict (ELAC).

In The News

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.
Coding protection: 'cyber humanitarian interventions' for preventing mass atrocities
American Intervention - Iraq
Commentary

Reluctant to Protect? The Role of Moral Reputation in Joining Military Coalitions

How states join coalitions affects the extent to which they are perceived as blameworthy – or praiseworthy – for the outcome of that coalition.
Reluctant to Protect? The Role of Moral Reputation in Joining Military Coalitions
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