Rex B. Hughes

Rex B. Hughes is the co-director of the Cyber Innovation Network at the University of Cambridge and a visiting professor at Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto. Dr Hughes’s research examines the impact of the cyber revolution on key sectors of the global political economy with an emphasis on financial services and national defence. His research findings have been published in leading peer reviewed journals such as International Affairs, and his expert commentary has appeared in The Economist, The Times of London, The Telegraph, Financial Times, and The Asahi Shimbun. Since 2008, Hughes has advised NATO senior officials on the development of a common cyber defence policy and contributed to the cyber defence sections of the 2010 NATO Strategic Concept. From 2005-07, Hughes served as a Cambridge-MIT Institute Research Associate contributing to disruptive technology roadmaps for British Telecom, Telecom Italia, Nortel, Nokia, and T-Mobile. From 1999-2003, Hughes founded and directed the first university based Internet studies program at the University of Washington underwritten by the US Department of State, IBM, Lotus, Microsoft, Boeing, Open Society, and MacArthur foundations. During that period Hughes led the development of IBM sponsored iEnvoy, the first secure Internet communications platform for diplomats which was licensed by the US Department of State to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Hughes received his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Washington and his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge.