Pitt’s Cyber Institute Leader to Gather Input from Alumni in Taiwan

Pitt’s Cyber Institute Leader to Gather Input from Alumni in Taiwan

One of the University of Pittsburgh’s most active international alumni associations will have a chance on December 22 to learn firsthand about Pitt’s new Institute for Cyber Law, Policy, and Security. Institute Director David Hickton (LAW ’81) will brief members of the Pitt Alumni Association of Taiwan on the formation of the school and the latest in cyber security.

“Pitt Cyber’s efforts include a strong international bent, so I want to hear what’s on our alumni’s minds with respect to the field,” Hickton said. “How do they perceive the Taiwanese government’s approach to cybersecurity and cybercrime? How should policymakers be grappling with the ethical issues artificial intelligence presents?”

There are nearly 600 Pitt alumni living in Taiwan and more than a third are actively involved in the Pitt Alumni Association – Taiwan (“PAAT”) according to Jason Kane, University Center for International Studies Director of Constituent Relations.

“The PAAT continually supports Pitt and our activities in Taiwan,” Kane said. “They are one of our strongest alumni groups in the world.”

The event, including a presentation by Hickton followed by a question-and-answer session, will be held at 11oz Coffee in Taipei, an American-style coffee house owned by Pitt alumnus Sean Huang (KGSB ’02), who jumped at the chance to host fellow Pitt graduates.

According to Kane, gatherings like this are important as the University strives to increase its notoriety abroad, which will help to attract the best and brightest students to Pitt, while at the same time making it easier for graduates to find opportunities around the globe.

The Institute for Cyber Law, Policy, and Security is building on Pitt’s existing strengths in the area of cybersecurity and will provide a platform for innovative solutions to meet cybercrime threats. Hickton said he envisions the Institute as a magnet for students, as well as a resource that will convene forums, panels, and symposia on difficult, multi-faceted, and borderless issues.

For more information about this, or other international events, contact Jason Kane jasonkane@pitt.edu.