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David Hickton is a senior advisor for the Center for Strategic and International Studies

A headshot of David Hickton

David Hickton has been invited to join the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C. The founding director of Pitt’s Institute for Cyber Law, Policy and Security will serve as a nonresident senior advisor to the bipartisan think tank’s Strategic Technologies Program (STP).

The STP brings together technologists, policymakers, civil society and business leaders to develop policy recommendations around changing technology like cybersecurity, digital governance frameworks, 5G networks and telecommunications, surveillance and privacy, and how technology impacts power and conflict.

During his tenure as U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Hickton created a dedicated section to focus on cybercrime and national security. As leader of Pitt Cyber, Hickton oversees research to answer critical questions and fill policy gaps around subjects like networks, data and algorithms.