Dr. Lennart Maschmeyer
Lennart Maschmeyer is a Senior Researcher at the Center for Security Studies (CSS) at ETH Zurich. His current book project focuses on the subversive nature of cyber conflict and its strategic consequences. In particular, his research examines how technological change has altered the quality of subversion by comparing traditional subversion to contemporary ‘cyber subversion’. As part of this project, Lennart is also engaged in an expansive empirical study examining the efficacy of disinformation campaigns via social media vis-à-vis traditional media. A second pillar of Lennart’s research agenda critically examines knowledge production processes in cybersecurity and resulting bias and distortions.
In 2020, Lennart founded the call_made, a volunteer-driven initiative to improve civil society’s access to threat intelligence and provide assistance against cyber attacks. He is also the founder and co-chair of the FIRST Threat Intel Coalitioncall_made, which brings together academics and practitioners in cybersecurity and provides them a platform to present research projects and receive feedback. European Cybersecurity Seminar
Lennart holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Toronto and an M.Phil in International Relations from the University of Oxford. He previously held fellowships at the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab and at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.
call_madeMaschmeyer, Lennart; Kostyuk, Nadiya (2022) 'There is no Cyber "Shock and Awe": Plausible Threats in the Ukrainian Conflict', War on the Rocks.
call_madeMaschmeyer, Lennart (2021) 'Why Cyber War Is Subversive, and How That Limits Its Strategic Value', War on the Rocks.
call_madeMaschmeyer, Lennart (2021) 'The Subversive Trilemma: Why Cyber Operations Fall Short of Expectations', International Security 46, 2: 51–90.
call_madeMaschmeyer, Lennart; Egloff, Florian (2020) 'Shaping not Signaling: Understanding Cyber Operations as a Means of Espionage, Attack, and Destabilization', International Studies Review 23, 3: 997-998.
Maschmeyer, Lennart; Deibert, Ronald J.; Lindsay, Jon (2020) 'A Tale of Two Cybers - How Threat Reporting by Cybersecurity Firms Systematically Underrepresents Threats to Civil Society', Journal of Information Technology & Politics 18, 1: 1-20.