Emefa Addo Agawu

Program Associate, Cybersecurity Initiative

Emefa Addo Agawu is a program associate in the Cybersecurity Initiative, where she leads the initiative's work on State & Local Cybersecurity. She joins New America from Princeton University, where she worked for Dr. Jake Shapiro on the Empirical Studies of Conflict (ESOC) Project at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

Agawu has a BA in political science from Yale University, where she studied global politics. Her undergraduate thesis explored the impact of Information Communication Technology on protest under authoritarian regimes. She hails from New Jersey and Ghana.

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The Three Kinds of Election-Hacking Threats

It’s easy to conflate them, but each requires different solutions.


Here's Why State-Level Cybersecurity Practices Matter

States hold more of citizens' information than the federal government does—it's key they have state-of-the-art cybersecurity practices.


CYBERSECURITY INITIATIVE
What's Going to Stop Russia Next Time?

What's Going to Stop Russia Next Time?


CYBERSECURITY INITIATIVE, FUTURE TENSE and INTERNATIONAL SECURITY
The Major Component Missing From Trump's Executive Order on Cybersecurity

When it comes to cybersecurity, your daily life might be far more affected by your state or city government than national policy.


How Fear Fogs Our Present-Day Political Discourse

A recent conversation between Anne-Marie Slaughter and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie parsed the nature of discourse in our fear-inflected moment.


Hacking: Not Just for the Feds!

Do we even want state and local law enforcement to have hacking capabilities?


Cybersecurity Awareness Month...Now with Added Facts!

And if you weren't aware, now you're aware.


CYBERSECURITY INITIATIVE and INTERNATIONAL SECURITY
Robocops Are Here. It’s Time to Create Rules for How Police Can Use Them.

Peter W. Singer and Emefa Addo Agawu wrote for Vox about robocops and the police.