Tim Maurer is co-director of the Cyber Policy Initiative and a fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He works primarily on the geopolitical implications of the Internet and cybersecurity, with a focus on the global financial system, proxy relationships, 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.
Maurer’s publications over the past decade span the field of cyber and digital policy. They include reports on cyber conflict, cyber strategy, and cyber norms as well as on Internet governance and the role of swing states, in addition to assessing the human rights implications of export controls and sanctions. As part of his policy engagement, he frequently engages with governments and industry. He also participates in U.S. track 1.5 cyber dialogues and 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. His work has been published by the Washington Post, Foreign Policy, CNN, Slate, Lawfare, Jane’s Intelligence Review, TIME, and other media venues as well as in peer-reviewed academic journals.
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.