From an email sent out to supporters June 26, 2018:
I want to update you on the project to Strategically Protect Soft Networks (SPSN) supported by No One Left Behind and many other organizations. This month, we welcomed two new researchers to our team for the summer. Alek Ball is a University of San Diego Master’s student in Peace and Justice Studies, and will be housed at the College for International Security Affairs at National Defense University. Sam Romano just graduated U.C. Berkeley with a degree in political science and will be housed at the Pacific Council on International Policy (PCIP) in Los Angeles. Please join me in welcoming Alek and Sam and feel free to stop by and visit them this summer! We are grateful to the academic institutions that support our research, in addition to the gracious hosts at PCIP and CISA.
In late May, we hosted a roundtable at the Pacific Council. The roundtable included representatives from the NGO community, media, Los Angeles District Attorney’s office, the Secret Service, and others. The event aimed to inspire thoughts and ideas in the vein of our research — protecting our nations soft networks abroad. Participants provided a wealth of recommendations, such as assuring our networks of the risks and rewards of their service, protecting confidentiality and technological shortcomings, and interagency interoperability. Our team will incorporate these suggestions into research this summer and continue harvesting best practices from these institutions and others.
Finally, I’m very excited to announce the arrival of our project’s website! It is brand new and still in its nascent stages, but we envision using the website as a home base for our research and publications. You can visit the website at: www.protectingsoftnetworks.org
Thank you so much for your support. We look forward to sharing more updates with as the research progresses.