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Welcome to CTRL Forward, a product of the Science and Technology Innovation Program at the Wilson Center. This is a space for quick insights on the latest science and technology policy, for non-scientists.

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Deterring Cyber Disaster

The Wilson Center's Meg King, Director of the Science and Technology Innovation Program, and Robert S. Litwak, Senior Vice President, examine the use of deterrence, a classic security strategy, in the future of cybersecurity.

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Social Distancing, Wash Hands, Clean Surfaces

Communicating around COVID-19: A conversation with Dr. Jeff Niederdeppe on key takeaways from the pandemic thus far

We spoke with Dr. Jeff Niederdeppe, Professor and Director of the Health Communication Research Initiative and Co-Director of the Cornell Center for Health Equity at Cornell University, to begin to pinpoint some key takeaways around the messaging used by public health professionals during the pandemic, discuss strategies to encouraging those who haven’t gotten vaccinated yet to do so, and evaluate the public’s long-term trust in U.S. public health institutions.

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Cybersecurity Threats in Space: A Roadmap for Future Policy

Much of the world’s critical infrastructure is heavily dependent on space, specifically space-based assets, for its daily functioning. Essential systems -- such as communications, air transport, maritime trade, financial services, weather monitoring and defense -- all rely heavily on space infrastructure, including satellites, ground stations and data links at the national, regional and international level. This dependence poses a serious, and yet frequently underrecognized, security dilemma -- especially cyber threats -- for critical infrastructure providers and policymakers alike.

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National Video Games Day: It's Not What You're Playing, But Who You're Playing With

We have seen an explosion of video game usage during the pandemic. Bringing people together is what video games do best.

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Games Round Up: Quantum Computing

Games are a particularly useful tool for understanding abstract STEM concepts, incorporating visual cues and active participation shown to help people understand quantum principles. The following examples are how some quantum experts are leveraging games for non-expert audiences, both in explaining the core concepts of quantum as well as crowdsourcing quantum research.

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