John C. Mallery is a research affiliate at the MIT Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and an Oxford Martin School Associate. He speaks often on cyber topics at conferences and workshops in the United States, Europe, and Asia, hosted by institutions from academia to think tanks and governments. Since 2010, he has participated in dialogues with Russian and Chinese cyber experts with a focus on escalatory dynamics of cyber conflict, cross-sector deterrence, and cyber risk reduction via functional cyber norms.
His recent research involves countering industrial espionage by cyber means, managing cyber crises, national cyber strategies, architectures for international cyber sharing and collaborative analysis, privacy frameworks, and technical strategies for cyber defense. Since the early 1990s, he has advised governments on Internet policy, cyber strategy, advanced architectural concepts for cyber security research, and transformational computing. During the 2008 Presidential campaign, he served on Obama's cyber policy team and helped craft his July 16, 2008 cyber platform. Since 2006, he has organized a series of workshops on technical and policy aspects of cyber security.
His interests span a variety of fields from artificial intelligence, computer science and information assurance to cyber defense, economics and international relations. In 1988, he conceptualized the field of computational politics as he developed theRelatus Natural Understanding System and non-rectangular machine learning techniques for analyzing international relations using the SHERFACS Conflict and Cooperation data set. During the 1990s, he was the principal architect and developer of the White House Electronic Publications System that served the Clinton Administration from 1992-2001. In the process of helping drive early U.S. Internet strategy, he created and fielded the first large-scale wide-area collaboration system for the Vice President's 1994 Open Meeting on the National Performance Review with 4000 Federal workers, pioneered online survey research in 1992 leading up to hierarchical adaptive surveys in 1996, implemented the first production HTTP 1.1 Web server and URN resolver, among many other firsts.