Defending Democracy:
Civil and Military Responses to Weaponized Information

Saturday, April 7

8:00 – 8:45 a.m.    

Breakfast and Registration
(Friend Convocation Room -- Rm 113)

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.

Cecilia Elena Rouse, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University
(Friend Auditorium -- Rm 101)

9:00 – 9:45 a.m.

Introducing the Issue
David Ignatius, The Washington Post
(Friend Auditorium -- Rm 101)

9:45 – 10:00 a.m.

(Friend Convocation Room -- Rm 113)

10:00  – 11:00 a.m.

Panel 1: Defining the Problem – Foreign Policy and Military Challenges
(Friend Auditorium -- Rm 101)


  1. Matt Chessen (@mattlesnake), U.S. Department of State 
  2. Chris Inglis, Paladin Capital Group;  Formerly with the National Security Agency 
  3. Clint Watts (@selectedwisdom), Foreign Policy Research Institute 

Moderator: Mara Liasson (@MaraLiasson), National Public Radio

11:00  a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Panel 2: Defining the Problem – Technological Challenges
(Friend Auditorium - Rm 101)


  1. Edward W. Felten (@EdFelten), Princeton University
  2. Molly Roberts (@mollyeroberts), University of California, San Diego
  3. Zeynep Tufekci (@zeynep), University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Moderator: Carol Giacomo (@giacomonyt), The New York Times 

12:00 – 1:15 p.m. Luncheon
(Friend Convocation Room -- Rm 113)

1:15 – 2:45 p.m.

Panel 3: Defense – How can we defend America’s democracy from attacks rendered through disinformation,  propaganda and other digital  information interference?
(Friend Auditorium -- Rm 101)


  1. R. David Edelman (@R_D), Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Formerly with the White House National Security Council/Office of Science and Technology Policy/National Economic Council
  2. Terrell McSweeny (@TMcSweenyFTC), Federal Trade Commission 
  3. Philip Michael Napoli (@pmnapoli), Duke University 
  4. LtGen Robert Schmidle, Arizona State University; Formerly with the United States Cyber Command
  5. Rand Waltzman (@CogSec), RAND Corporation 

Moderator: Jim Rutenberg (@jimrutenberg), The New York Times 

2:45 – 3:00 p.m.

(Friend Convocation Room -- Rm 113)

3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Panel 4: Deterrence – What measures can the United States take to deter our adversaries from spreading propaganda in the hopes of sowing unrest?
(Friend Auditorium -- Rm 101)


  1. Christopher Fonzone, Sidley Austin; Formerly with the White House and National Security Council 
  2. Admiral (Ret.) Cecil Haney, Formerly with the United States Strategic Command
  3. Mark R. Jacobson (@markondefense), Georgetown University;  Formerly with the Secretary of Defense and Secretary of the Navy
  4. Laura Rosenberger (@rosenbergerlm), Alliance for Securing Democracy 
  5. Jacob N. Shapiro (@JacobNShapiro), Princeton University 

Moderator: Deborah Amos (@deborahamos), National Public Radio and Princeton University

4:30 – 5:30 p.m

Closing Keynote
General (Ret.) Michael V. Hayden, United States Air Force; Formerly with the Central Intelligence Agency
(Friend Auditorium -- Rm 101)

Speaker Introduction: Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Andrew B. Davis, Princeton Veterans Alumni Association; World War II Foundation

5:30 p.m Reception
(Friend Convocation Room -- Rm 113)