Thomas Paterson is a freelance writer covering national security and cyber policy issues. He holds a Master of Strategic Studies from the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre (SDSC) at the Australian National University (ANU). In 2018 Thomas was an ANU research intern with the International Cyber Policy Centre (ICPC) at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI).
Thomas’s research during his internship focused on Indonesian cyber policy and cybersecurity, which included participating in and presenting at ASPI’s ‘3rd cyber capacity building’ conference in Jakarta. Thomas has also had work published in Chatham House’s Journal of Cyber Policy, in The Jakarta Post, on ASPI’s The Strategist and in the IFRS’s The Regionalist.
Thomas has been an Australian Army Reservist for eight years. He has deployed twice on operations both to the Solomon Islands as part of Australia’s Regional Assistance Mission in the Solomon Islands, and on Operation Resolute working with the Australian Navy on patrol boats off the northern coast of Australia. Thomas’s views are his own and in no way reflect that of the Australian Army, The Australian Defence Force or the Department of Defence.