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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An honorary life fellow of Gresham College, Professor Tim Connell set up Language Studies at City, University of London and became an emeritus professor in 2009. He holds the degree of Doctor of Letters from City University. He is a graduate of Oxford, Liverpool and London universities, and has studied in Spain and Mexico.

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 a Vice-President.

International education is another area of key concern. He is deputy chair of the international course board for the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris, which also covers London, Berlin, and Madrid. His main language is Spanish (for professional and family reasons) and he has had links with Latin America for many years.

He writes and broadcasts regularly on a wide range of themes relating to London, languages in the modern world and diverse cultural topics. He is a member of the All Party Parliamentary Languages Group.

He has developed particular links in the Square Mile. He is a Freeman of the City of London, sits on the Court of the Stationers' Company and is chair of their Livery Committee. He is Chairman of the Gresham Society.

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