Tuesday, 28 May 2013, 8:30PM
Stationers' Hall

Armageddon in Cyberspace: Panel Discussion

Ben Hammersley, Alexander Carter-Silk, Professor M. Angela Sasse, Professor Tim Connell

A panel discussion on the future of the internet, both for the individual and for the state.

The panel includes Ben Hammersley, Alexander Carter-Silk and Professor M. Angela Sasse. It is chaired by Professor Tim Connell

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Editor at Large of WIRED magazine (UK); Head of Digital at SIX Creative, a creative agency working with high fashion brands; and founder of Dangerous Precedent, a consultancy helping people with their content management issues.  His main concerns in his writing and consultancy are the effects of the internet on society, foreign policy, business, and culture.

His other current roles include: the Prime Minister’s Ambassador to TechCity, London’s Internet Sector; Innovator in Residence at the Centre for Creative and Social Technologies at Goldsmiths, University of London; non-resident fellow of the 21st Century Defense Initiative at the Brookings Institute in Washington D.C; Senior Fellow at the Royal College of Defence Studies, London; member of the European Commission High Level Group on Media Freedom; and a fellow of the European Policy Centre in Brussels.

He is also a photographer and sometime war correspondent.

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Head of intellectual property, technology and data (IPTD), Speechly Bircham LLP.

Alexander Carter-Silk is a technology and IP specialist with over 25 years' experience advising on transactions and dispute resolution with a significant technology or intellectual property component. He has a reputation as a strategist and crisis manager as well as for robustly promoting and defending his clients' interests in commercial, corporate and contentious cases and transactions particularly where there is a potential risk to reputation or goodwill. He advises on technology intellectual property and cyber-risk including drafting insurance wording and advising on the insurance implications of technology and/or IP rich transaction and projects.

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Head of Information Security Research, Director of the Science of Cyber Security Research Institute, and Director of the Academic Centre of Excellence for Cyber Security Research, University College London.

Professor Sasse's research interests focus on how we design and implement innovative technologies that are fit for purpose, value for money, and improve productivity and well-being of individuals and society.

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Tim Connell is Professor Emeritus at City, University of London, having been head of languages there for nearly twenty years. He is deputy chair of the international course board of ESCP Europe, the French grande école which has centres in Paris, London, Berlin, Madrid, Turin and Warsaw.

He is a graduate of Oxford, Liverpool and London universities, and has also studied in Spain and Mexico. His particular languages are Spanish, French and Portuguese and he has extensive experience of both Spain and Latin America.

His particular interest is in the field of professional training for translators and interpreters, where he works closely with the Chartered Institute of Linguists (of which he is a Fellow and Vice-President).  He attends meetings of the All Parties Parliamentary Languages Group.

As a Fellow of Gresham College he sits on the Academic Board and has organised cycles of lectures in the Mondays at One series for 24 years, looking at topics of mainly current interest and speaks on a variety of subjects himself.  He has devised half-day symposia on a wide range of themes with an invited panel of experts and is currently looking at the development of webinars. He is also Chair of the Gresham Society, which aims to support the work of the College.

He maintains close links in the Square Mile as a Liveryman of the Stationers’ and Newspaper Makers’ Company, where he sits on the Court of Assistants and has just completed his term of office as Chair of the Livery Committee. He also writes and speaks on topics relating to the history of the City of London.

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