Planning Committee

Jon R. Lindsay

Jon R. Lindsay is Assistant Professor of Digital Media and Global Affairs at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. His research focuses on the interaction of emerging technology and global security. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from MIT, an M.S. in computer science from Stanford, and has served as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Navy. He is the co-author of China and Cybersecurity: Espionage, Strategy, and Politics in the Digital Domain and is completing two books: Shifting the Fog of War: Information and Technology in Conflict; and, with Erik Gartzke, Cross-Domain Deterrence: Strategy in an Era of Complexity.

Nikki Gladstone

Nikki is a 2nd year Master of Global Affairs (MGA) student at the University of Toronto, a former Aga Khan Foundation Canada fellow, and Carleton University journalism graduate. She is most interested in the intersection of technology and human rights. Nikki has done research on surveillance, privacy and state censorship of information. Previously, she has worked with the Wilson Center’s Digital Futures Project and as a Graduate Research Fellow with the Digital Public Square.

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Creed Atkinson

Creed is a 2nd year Master of Global Affairs (MGA) student at the University of Toronto whose topical interests lie in international security, strategy and game theory, finance and economics, and innovation. His regional focus is on the Asian region (inclusive of Middle East and Russia) and the U.S. Specifically, Creed has done research in cybersecurity, economic sanctions, and diplomatic negotiations. Creed finished a Bachelors Degree in finance and has an Advanced Diploma in accounting.


Gabrielle Lim

Gabrielle is a 1st year Master of Global Affairs student with a background in digital media consulting and marketing, content creation, and storytelling. She has experienced firsthand the profound impact technology can have, and as such, her interests lie in the role of the internet and media on security and extremism. In 2013 she executive produced Jellyfish (Indonesia & Malaysia), which won the Grand Jury Award for Best Narrative Short at Outfest Los Angeles, while her horror short, Cowboy Kill Club (Thailand), was selected for 2015’s Etheria Film Festival.


Alessandra Jenkins

Alessandra is currently in her final year of the Master of Global Affairs (MGA) program at the University of Toronto. Her current research interests are North American collaboration on innovation policy, trade, and security. Previously, she has supported the work of the Canada Institute at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. in these research areas. Prior to pursuing her degree, she earned her B.A (Hons) in Global Development from Queen’s University and has worked in the international development and technology sectors in Toronto.

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