Lennart Maschmeyer is a Senior Researcher at the Center for Security Studies at ETH Zurich. He holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Toronto and an MPhil in International Relations from the University of Oxford. Lennart’s research examines the subversive nature of cyber power, focusing on its operational challenges and strategic limitations. In particular, he has studied the use of cyber operations in the Russo-Ukrainian conflict since 2014. As part of this research, Lennart is also investigating the effectiveness of social media disinformation as a subversive instrument. A second pillar of Lennart’s research agenda critically examines knowledge production processes in cybersecurity and resulting bias and distortions.
His work an commentary has been featured in, among others, The Economist, The Guardian, BBC World News, The New York Times, Sky News, The Washington Post, Bloomberg, SRF, Die Zeit, Sueddeutsche Zeitung and Der Spiegel.
Apart from his research, Lennart is also engaged in two community initiatives. He is the founder co-chair of the FIRST Threat Intel Coalition SIG, an initiative to assist vulnerable civil society organizations in preventing, detecting and mitigating cyber attacks. He is also the founder and co-chair of the European Cybersecurity Seminar, which brings together academics and practitioners in cybersecurity and provides them a platform to present research projects and receive feedback.
Lennart is also an accomplished photographer whose work has been published, among others, by The Guardian, VICE Magazine, The Telegraph and Die Zeit. He has held exhibitions in New Zealand, China, Germany and Canada.