Weaponized Interdependence in a Deeply Digitized World

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Weaponized Interdependence in a Deeply Digitized World


Thursday, June 30th, 2022


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Network science established the value of modeling complex relations and the predictive capabilities of network topologies. In their 2019 International Security paper, Henry Farrell and Abraham Newman argue that states with political authority over central economic nodes “can weaponize networks to gather information or choke off economic and information flows, discover and exploit vulnerabilities, compel policy change, and deter unwanted actions.” Two mechanisms can be identified. First, states can employ the “panopticon effect” to gather strategically valuable information. Second, they can employ the “chokepoint effect” to deny network access to adversaries.

This seminar explores conflict and power in the deeply digitized world, focusing on the U.S.-China competition, the under-explored potential to weaponize Apple and Google for chokepoint effects, and the European debates on digital sovereignty. Analyzing events through the Weaponized Interdependence prism can help scholars and practitioners alike to grasp the dark side of the interdependence when employed as a tool of cybered conflict and to address possible democratic responses.


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Moderator - Dr. Melanie Garson , Cyber Policy Lead , Tony Blair Institute for Global Change


The Weaponized Interdependence Concept

Prof. Henry Farrell , Professor of Democracy and International Affairs , Johns Hopkins University


Cyber Resilience and Weaponized Interdependence

Dr. Chris C. Demchak , Professor , U.S. Naval War College


Chokepoints in the Mobile App Ecosystem

Dr. Lior Tabansky , Head of Cyber Research Development , Blavatnik ICRC, Tel Aviv University


Remarks from the European Perspective

Francesca Spidalieri , Cybersecurity & Digital Development Consultant