About the Podcast

An informal podcast about cyber policy with regards to international affairs, designed for those without a technical background. This podcast explores how current events affect diplomacy, security, conflict, norms, and other traditional international affairs topics that have taken on new manifestations in the Information Age. This podcast specifically looks to take the most important current events of each week, and hold a discussion that goes beyond just news, exploring the real international affairs impacts that such events are bringing about.


About the Host  

Lucas Ashbaugh is currently studying to earn a Master of Arts degree in International Security and Foreign Policy at the University of Maine’s School of Policy and International Affairs (SPIA) where he specifically focuses on cyberspace challenges.

He previously earned a B.S. in Business Management – Information Systems in 2016. He has both technical and policy experience, having worked as a Policy Analyst for an internet service provider and, before that as an information systems security auditor. A message from the host about this podcast:

Hey there, welcome to Keeping Pace With Cyberspace! I originally got the motivation for this podcast when I realized a lot of my colleagues were quick to research and discuss a broad range of international affairs topics; but never cyberspace. For a while now I’ve been ‘that guy’ who asks annoying questions about cyberspace challenges at events and conferences. Over and over I’ve been given the token ‘it’s clearly important’ and the vague ‘we need to rethink things’ question dodges. And please don’t get me wrong, there are definitely smart people (way more so than me) having these discussions! But the majority are not. It occurred to me that maybe the lack of real discussion on this topic stems from being intimidated by the technical aspects, or just from a lack of sources to tune in to. This podcasts aims to change that and provide political and international affairs buffs a fun source for these important discussions that doesn’t require them to have any technical background.

Thanks for stopping by, enjoy yourself and please share this with others you think will find this interesting!

Views expressed by Lucas Ashbaugh are strictly his own and not representative or affiliated with any organization outside the Keeping Pace With Cyberspace project, nor are they endorsements on behalf of such organizations.

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