The Association of European Journalists’ next lunchtime talk will hear from Thomas Rid, a UK-based expert in cyber conflict and political subversion.
Recent events have shown how international politics, security, media and business have all become vulnerable to cyber attacks, system failures, and extreme forms of political subversion.
Professor Rid’s talk, ‘Hacks, Leaks & Dirty Tricks: Practical and ethical considerations’, will look behind the headlines, including Russia’s alleged interference in US and European elections and its use of cyber attacks and hybrid warfare to achieve political goals.
The Professor of Security Studies at King’s College will share his insider’s understanding of the authorship, motives and methods behind the epidemic of hack attacks, data leaks and mass online intrusions that now pose existential risks to governments, technology giants, global corporations and Internet users alike.
He will discussing the chances of survival of an ‘open Internet’ as states, internet companies, politicised media, jihadi movements and criminal networks compete in online surveillance, data harvesting and new forms of information control.
Professor Rid has studied and carried out research at universities in Israel, Germany and the USA, and worked for the RAND Corporation in Washington and the Institut Français des Relations Internationales in Paris.
His books include War and Media Operations (2007) and The Rise of the Machines (2016). His recent investigations have focused on ways to identify the sources of cyber attacks, online defences against terrorism, and attempts to weaponise the power of social media.
Date: Thursday, June 15, 2017, 12.30 – 14.30pm
Venue: European Parliament’s London Office, Europe House, 32 Smith Square, London SW1P 3EU
Light lunch and drinks – £25 payable on the day, £10 for journalists aged under 25, free discretionary entry for students of journalism.
If you would like to attend, please email Margaret Hughes firstname.lastname@example.org