Dr Rex Hughes

Visiting Fellow at Wolfson College Cambridge

Visiting Fellow, Wolfson College, University of Cambridge

Rex B. Hughes is a visiting fellow for cyber security at Wolfson College, University of Cambridge and at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto. Internationally recognised for his expertise on the global political economy of the Internet, Dr Hughes is a regular speaker at Euro-Atlantic leadership fora including the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, Global Economic Symposium, and St Gallen Forum. He provides expert advice to North Atlantic business and government entities.

From 2005-07, Hughes served as a Cambridge-MIT Institute research associate contributing to disruptive technology roadmaps for British Telecom, Nortel, Nokia, and T-Mobile. During this period he successfully defended his Cambridge doctoral dissertation, The British Response to Global Telecom Convergence. From 2009-2010, Hughes served as first Chatham House associate fellow in cyber security.

From 1999-2003, whilst a student at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington (UW), Hughes founded and directed the first university based Internet studies programme, the Center for Internet Studies. There in partnership with IBM and Lotus, Hughes led the development of iEnvoy™, the first secure Internet communications platform for diplomats, successfully deployed in 21 APEC and ASEAN foreign ministries through US Department of State sponsorship.

Recent cyber security publications:

  • ‘Cyber Defence and the 2010 Strategic Concept’, NATO, November 2010 (contributor)
  • ‘A Treaty for Cyberspace’ International Affairs, March 2010 (author)
  • ‘Cyberspace and the National Security of the UK’ Chatham House, March 2009 (co-author)
  • ‘NATO and Global Cyber Defence’ Chatham House-German Marshall Fund, March 2008 (author)