Welcome our new CCRC Fellows!

Cyber Civilization Research Center is proud to announce that Dr. Michael Nelson and Dr. Christopher Hobson are joining us as CCRC non-resident fellows. Welcome them and we are happy to work together for a better future for all!

CCRC Senior Fellow
Dr. Michael Nelson

Michael R. Nelson has long experience on Internet-related global public policy areas. He joined CloudFlare in 2015, a startup that has improved the performance and security of more than 2 million Web sites. He was also a Principal Technology Policy Strategist in Microsoft’s Technology Policy Group and prior to that was a Senior Technology and Telecommunications Analyst with Bloomberg Government. In addition, since January, 2009, Michael Nelson has been teaching courses and doing research on the future of the Internet, cyber-policy, technology policy, innovation policy, and e-government in the CCT Program at Georgetown University. Prior to joining the Georgetown faculty, Nelson was Director of Internet Technology and Strategy at IBM, Chairman of the Information, Communication, and Computing Section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Director for Technology Policy at the Federal Communications Commission, Special Assistant for Information Technology at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. He also worked with Vice President Gore and the President’s Science Advisor on issues relating to the Global Information Infrastructure, including telecommunications policy, information technology, encryption, electronic commerce, and information policy.

CCRC Fellow
Dr. Christopher Hobson

Dr. Christopher Hobson is a Course Convenor and Senior Lecturer in the College of Asia and the Pacific at The Australian National University. He is also a Visiting Associate Professor in the College of Global Liberal Arts at Ritsumeikan University. Dr Hobson previously worked at Waseda University, United Nations University, and Aberystwyth University. He holds a PhD in Political Science and International Relations (2009) from the Australian National University.

Much of Dr Hobson’s work examines major ethical questions and dilemmas in world politics, reflecting on how different practices and institutions create, exacerbate or reduce harm and vulnerability. One component of his research has focused on non-traditional security threats, including natural disasters and technological accidents, which serves as the foundation for his interest in examining the growing role of A.I. and cyber in society. In April 2019 he co-organised a workshop at CCRC on ‘Security in Society 5.0: Possibilities and Pitfalls’, and his research for CCRC is focusing on the possibility of cyber and A.I. accidents.