Our Values

We work relentlessly towards a positive vision of the future. Inclusivity and diversity are fundamental to that vision, as both means and ends. We believe addressing today and tomorrow’s security challenges means understanding socio-technical interactions that point toward a better future (not just the status quo.) We acknowledge and confront challenges directly and without using fear, uncertainty, and doubt to drive our research agenda, operations, and fundraising efforts.

We design our work to be consumed, used, debated, and applied by stakeholders ranging from activists to politicians, under-resourced nonprofits to major firms, and academic communities to more accessible schools of thought. We produce scholarly research, and we provide direct assistance, share our ideas with the public, and deliver actionable proposals to policy and decision makers in legislative chambers and corporate strategy rooms. We build on the proposition that scholarly research and practical action are synergistic and mutually reinforcing.

We stay focused on understanding the challenges and opportunities on the horizon in order to better solve today and tomorrow’s problems. Our research agenda is driven by that vision, not by short-term economic incentives, media whims, or chasing the crisis of the moment. We recognize that it is a privilege to think about the future, and we always use the long-term view to inform what we can and should do today.

People and the relationships between them are at the core of CLTC and the work wedo. Most of what we accomplish is on the shoulders of others and we know that wecannot move forward alone. We realize that digital security is connected to everycause we care about, and we seek to understand at every juncture how we can be partof creating solutions, not just naming the problem.

Our definition of cybersecurity is necessarily broad, concerned with the security issues that emerge where humans and machines interact, and our research agenda reflects that complexity. This means we must be intensely creative, take risks, and realize that we will learn from failed scientific experiments. We believe cybersecurity today is fundamentally reactive and that this type of thinking needs to be replaced by proactive innovation.