Thomas Rid

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Thomas Rid
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Cyber Security and Global Interdependence: "What is Critical?", Chatham House, 28 February 2013
Residence City of London [1]
Nationality German
Alma mater Humboldt University
OccupationProfessor of Security Studies in the Department of War Studies, Faculty of Social Science and Public Policy King’s College

Thomas Rid (born 1975 [2] in Aach, Baden-Württemberg, Germany [3] ) is a political scientist best known for his work on the history and risks of information technology in conflict. [4] [5] [6] He is Professor of Strategic Studies at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies. Previously he was a professor of security studies in the Department of War Studies, Faculty of Social Science and Public Policy King’s College in London. [7]

Aach, Baden-Württemberg Place in Baden-Württemberg, Germany

Aach is a small town in the German state of Baden-Württemberg. Being situated close to Lake Constance and the Swiss border, it is mostly known for the Aachtopf — Germany's biggest natural spring in terms of production.

Information technology (IT) is the use of computers to store, retrieve, transmit, and manipulate data, or information, often in the context of a business or other enterprise. IT is considered to be a subset of information and communications technology (ICT). An information technology system is generally an information system, a communications system or, more specifically speaking, a computer system – including all hardware, software and peripheral equipment – operated by a limited group of users.

Johns Hopkins University Private research university in Baltimore, Maryland

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Rid grew up in rural region of Hegau close to Lake Constance and the Swiss-German border. In 1994 he graduated ( Abitur ) from the Nellenburg-Gymnasium in Stockach. [8] From 1997 to 2002 he studied social and political science (with Herfried Münkler [9] ) at the Humboldt University in Berlin, and for one year at the London School of Economics. [1] From 2003 to 2005 he was a Fritz-Thyssen-Scholar with the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP), Germany’s major government-funded foreign policy think tank, where he wrote his dissertation and first book. He received his Ph.D. from Humboldt University of Berlin in 2006. [1] [10]

Hegau landscape in southern Germany

The Hegau is an extinct volcanic landscape in southern Germany extending around the industrial city of Singen (Hohentwiel), between Lake Constance in the east, the Rhine River in the south, the Danube River in the north and the Randen—as the southwestern mountains of the Swabian Jura are called—in the west. It was first mentioned in A.D. 787 in the Latinised form in pago Egauinsse.

Lake Constance lake in Germany, Switzerland and Austria

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Abitur is a qualification granted by university-preparatory schools in Germany, Lithuania, and Estonia. It is conferred on students who pass their final exams at the end of their secondary education, usually after twelve or thirteen years of schooling. In German, the term Abitur has roots in the archaic word Abiturium, which in turn was derived from the Latin abiturus.

In 2006-2007 Rid was a postdoctoral fellow at the Institut français des relations internationales (Ifri), a Paris-based think tank dedicated to international affairs. [11] In 2007-2008 he was a postdoc at the RAND Corporation, at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of Johns Hopkins University, and in 2009 a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. [12] In 2009 and 2010 Rid was in Israel conducting research as a visiting scholar at the Hebrew University and at the Shalem Center in Jerusalem. [9] In 2010 to 2011, he was fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Constance in Germany. [1]

Institut français des relations internationales

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From 2011 to 2016 he researched and taught at the Department of War Studies at King’s College. [1] [13] In 2016, he became a professor of strategic studies at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of Johns Hopkins University. [14]

Department of War Studies, Kings College London

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In October 2011 the Journal of Strategic Studies , a leading international relations journal, published his provocatively titled article, "Cyber War Will Not Take Place". The text argued that all politically motivated cyber attacks are merely sophisticated versions of sabotage, espionage, or subversion—but not war. [15] In a review of his 2013 book with the same title, The Economist considered Rid "one of Britain’s leading authorities on, and sceptics about, cyber-warfare". [16]

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  1. 1 2 3 4 5 Exzellenzcluster „Kulturelle Grundlagen von Integration“: Rid, Thomas -Vita, access date: 22 March 2017
  2. "Cyber-Krieg mit China?". Eine Veranstaltung der Reihe "Körber Debate" (in German). Körber Stiftung. Retrieved 9 April 2017. Thomas Rid wurde 1975 geboren.
  3. "Cyber war will not take place: Professor Thomas Rid". (in German). Retrieved 9 April 2017. ... Rid was born in 1975 in Aach, Germany. He studied social and political science and...
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  9. 1 2 Schlieter, Kai (17 April 2016). "'Über Gott hinwegsetzen'". tageszeitung . Retrieved 24 October 2016.
  10. Rid, Thomas (10 February 2003). "Präventive Medienstrategie der USA. Militärische Öffentlichkeitsarbeit im Banne eines Krieges" (PDF). Neue Zürcher Zeitung (in German). Retrieved 24 October 2016.
  11. Rid, Thomas (Nov 2009) [12 April 2007]. "Erst surfen, dann kämpfen!" (PDF). Die Zeit . Retrieved 2016-10-25.
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  14. Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Thomas Rid.
  15. Rid, Thomas (October 2011). "Cyber War Will Not Take Place". Journal of Strategic Studies. 35: 5–32. doi:10.1080/01402390.2011.608939.
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