Rex Hughes

May 13, 2011 Comments Off on Rex Hughes

University of Cambridge

Rex Hughes is a visiting fellow for cyber security at Wolfson College, University of Cambridge and at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto. A cyber defence advisor to NATO since 2008, Hughes authored the joint Chatham House-German Marshall 2009 study ‘NATO and Global Cyber Defense’ and was a lead contributor to the NATO ‘Final Advisory Report on Cyber Defence and the 2010 Strategic Concept’. Hughes is a regular speaker at Euro-Atlantic leadership fora including the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, Bucharest Conference, GLOBSEC, and The Halifax Forum.

At Chatham House where he served as an associate fellow 2009-2010, Hughes co-authored the 2009 report ‘Cyberspace and the National Security of the UK’. His national security analyses have appeared in The World Today, the monthly publication of Chatham House. In his article ‘A Treaty for Cyberspace’ that appeared in the Chatham House journal International Affairs (March 2010), Hughes considers international conventions for cyber arms control.

As a member of the Cambridge-MIT Institute from 2005-2008 he advised affiliate companies including BT, Fujitsu, Nokia, and T-Mobile on disruptive technology roadmaps while completing his doctorate on The British Response to Global Telecommunications Convergence.

In 1999 whilst a graduate student at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington, Hughes founded the first university based Internet studies programme, the UW Center for Internet Studies. There in partnership with IBM and Lotus, Hughes led the development of iEnvoy™, the first secure Internet communications platform for diplomats. From 1999-2002, iEnvoy was successfully deployed under his direction in 21 APEC and ASEAN foreign ministries through US Department of State sponsorship. In 2000 his Center’s contribution to the Internet development strategy of the Dominican Republic was publicly recognised by the country’s President Leonel Fernández.

Hughes established three noteworthy forerunners to the dot com (.com) boom­–the International Internet Law Symposium, The Internet Way of Business Conference, and the Internet Political Economy Forum; all of which earned C-level sponsorship and participation from Fortune 100 firms including Microsoft, IBM, Lotus, GE, Boeing, Forbes, and Starbucks.

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