Our New Visiting Fellow: Lukasz Olejnik

Dr Lukasz Olejnik is an independent cybersecurity and privacy researcher and consultant with extensive expertise in cyberwarfare, cybersecurity, privacy and data protection.

He just started as Visiting Fellow at the Geneva Academy and will stay with us until the end of the year.

What Motivated you to Carry out a Fellowship at the Geneva Academy?

To be fair, ‘we live in interesting times’. One of the dimensions of those interesting times is the much closer link between policy and legal issues and technology. Think of the previous 100 years when ‘Science and Technology (S&T) was merely a component, often a footnote. Now it's its prime time. No wonder why, technology plays a crucial role in world developments. But it also encompasses social and human interactions as a whole. Merely keeping an eye on it is insufficient — devoted programmes must exist. My view of the Geneva Academy is of a place close to the thinking and considerations of important elements relating to standards, rules, and international law, so to say. And today, links with tech themes clearly abound. A proper understanding of the field is necessary. I am very happy to be able to contribute to that effort!

What Will be the Focus of your Research during this Fellowship?

I’ll be happy to contribute to the humanitarian impact arm of works, of course in terms of the links to technology, including cybersecurity, artificial intelligence drones and UAVs, or even such aspects like quantum computing! We’re currently seeing some developments before our eyes — I’m speaking of the armed conflict in Ukraine. I’m prepared to offer informed insight.

Also of note, I’ll be working on, and finishing, my book on cybersecurity. It’s equally broad and includes aspects of technology, legal issues, policy avenues, international law, diplomacy, military. I’ll also explain what cyberwar is…

Why are these Issues Important?

The question of ‘what are the rules of cyberwarfare’ is indeed important. It is of immediate use, considering the war in Ukraine, for one. But in general, it is a culmination of technological developments spanning the previous 40 years. It all brought us to this place, and those aspects are not static. Technology developments accelerate. For example, a few decades ago you could maybe imagine an S&T story in policy journals a few times a decade. Today it is commonplace. I expect that the whole century will look exactly like that. So there we go — it is absolutely critical to have a proper understanding of these aspects.

What Will be the Impact of this Research?

I hope it could bring some small contribution to keeping apace of the current developments and events. I also hope that my creative stir will benefit the Geneva Academy in the longer term.

What Do you Expect from your Time at the Geneva Academy?

I’d appreciate further tidying up of standards-law-tech understanding.


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This project will facilitate a multistakeholder consultative process to identify knowledge gaps, generate new evidence and co-design evidence-based tools to support regulatory and policy responses to human rights challenges linked to digital technologies.

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The Future Digital Battlefield and Challenges for Humanitarian Protection: A Primer

published on April 2022

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