Tim Maurer

Former  Director
Cyber Policy Initiative
Senior Fellow
Technology and International Affairs Program
Dr. Tim Maurer was director of the Cyber Policy Initiative and a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

PhD, Freie Universitaet Berlin
MPP, Harvard University
BA, Political Science, Free University Berlin

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Dr. Tim Maurer was director of the Cyber Policy Initiative and a senior fellow in Carnegie’s Technology and International Affairs program. He worked on the geopolitical implications of the Internet and cybersecurity, with a focus on the global financial system, influence operations, and other areas of importance as actors exploit the gray space between war and peace. In 2018, Cambridge University Press published his Cyber Mercenaries: The State, Hackers, and Power, a comprehensive analysis examining proxy relationships between states and hackers.

As part of his policy engagement, he regularly engaged with governments and industry and participates in U.S. track 1.5 dialogues. He served as a member of the Freedom Online Coalition’s working group “An Internet Free and Secure,” the Research Advisory Network of the Global Commission on Internet Governance, and co-chaired the Advisory Board of the Global Conference on CyberSpace. Maurer’s research over the past decade covers cyber conflict, strategy and norms relating to cyberspace, as well as Internet governance, in addition to assessing the human rights implications of export controls and sanctions. His work has been published by the Washington Post, Foreign Policy, CNN, Slate, Lawfare, Jane’s Intelligence Review, TIME, and he has appeared on BBC World Service, Al Jazeera, and Bloomberg.

Prior to joining Carnegie, Maurer was the director of the Global Cybersecurity Norms and Resilience Project at New America and head of research of New America’s Cybersecurity Initiative. He also spent several years working with refugees and in the humanitarian field, including with the United Nations in Rwanda, Geneva, and New York. He is a mentor for first generation students through Harvard University’s First Generation Mentorship Program.

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