Articles by: "Lesley Seebeck"
Zeroing in on the grey zone in the Indo-Pacific

The Indo-Pacific looms large as an arena of intensifying geopolitical competition. Typically, governments look to their militaries to balance competitors in such circumstances. But the great-power competition we’re seeing now is not merely military—it’s political, …

The strategic costs of adopting technology

At the recent Australian e-commerce summit, Prime Minister Scott Morrison praised technology adoption as a means of driving economic returns. Australia doesn’t need to be a Silicon Valley, he said, it just needs to be …

Editors’ picks for 2019: ‘The new global technological divide’

Originally published 11 July 2019. This year is proving to be something of a watershed in technology. Government and professional bodies are considering or acting on controls around technologies such as artificial intelligence and encryption. The United States, like Australia and New Zealand, banned …

Cybersecurity: how are we doing?

Making judgements about the state of cybersecurity isn’t easy. Much depends on the metrics we use to measure success and failure, where it’s all too easy to fall into the trap of doing things right …

Cybersecurity: people are not the problem

Those of us older than a certain age will recall an excellent British television series, Yes, Minister, and its successor, Yes, Prime Minister: they were required viewing for young and enthusiastic public servants in Canberra. …

Why the fifth domain is different

Domains of warfare seem to be proliferating rapidly these days. In Thucydides’ time, battles were fought on land and at sea—two domains. The combination of the two multiplied the complexity and confusion: at Syracuse (415–413 BC), …

Five Eyes in the Library of Babel

Recently I considered the differences between American and European understandings of technology in a strategic context. There’s a further wrinkle to be teased out concerning a specific group of Western nations: those that belong to …

The new global technological divide

This year is proving to be something of a watershed in technology. Government and professional bodies are considering or acting on controls around technologies such as artificial intelligence and encryption. The United States, like Australia …

Cyber: a universal acid

There’s a problem at the core of the digital revolution: getting our heads around the nature of the challenge. The term ‘cyber’, in particular, has become associated with the dark side of security and technology. …