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Jun 08 2021


6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Ottawa June 2021 Chapter Meeting

Join the HTCIA Ottawa June Virtual Chapter Meeting:

June 8, 2021  6pm to 7:30pm

Topic: Cyber Personhood

Recently published and presented at NATO’s Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE) Cyber Conflict conference, Neal shared his latest research that straddles cyberspace technology, international law, and policy. He discusses that a cyberattack must result in “injury or death to persons or damage or destruction to objects,” and expands on how this may be more likely in the future when highly interdependent cyber systems between companies and governments may be granted “cyber personhood,” much like environmental systems today are being granted “environmental personhood” in various states.



Neal KUSHWAHA is a recipient of the Silver Medal of Bravery and commendation from the Governor General of Canada, an international bilingual speaker, a guest lecturer at Stellenbosch University, and a motivational speaker. He operates an Ottawa based consulting company, IMPENDO Inc. (member of the Paris Call) serving governments and international agencies as clients. His research and consulting fall within the cross-section of cyberspace, security, law, policy, and politics.


Working on his PhD, he has written and published papers on cyberspace related to the International Law of Armed Conflict (LoAC), International Humanitarian Law (IHL), International Human Rights Law (IHRL), sovereignty, policy, doctrine, and technical matters. Aligned with his PhD research, he supports nations with their cyber programmes. While he is a prominent speaker at cyber conferences on the global stage, it is his climbing that generates the most interest. He is an accomplished mountaineer with over 28 years of climbing experience and climbs under the banner of Big Climbs, including Everest.