What Alexander Hamilton Can Teach Us About Cyber Policy
Defense One, July 21, 2018
2 Pages Posted: 31 May 2019
Date Written: July 21, 2018
In 1774, Alexander Hamilton posited that good policy consists of three ingredients: “First, that the necessity of the times require it. Secondly, that it be not the probable source of greater evils, than those it pretends to remedy. And lastly, that it have a probability of success.”
Though this Hamiltonian framework is useful for any policy discussion, it is a particularly good lens for the cyber realm, for it encourages policymakers to balance the expected effects and unintended consequences of a proposed policy; and to harmonize concerns over too little, or too much, government intervention. This article applies the first Treasury Secretary’s principles to addressing Chinese economic espionage against the U.S.
Keywords: cyberlaw, cyber, espionage, economic espionage, Hamilton, war, conflict, trade, industrial espionage, national security
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