Could the expansion of the internet lead to its collapse?
The Industrial revolution changed the face of the world, connected global communities and created great wealth. Technology and Innovation, the law of comparative advantage saw manufacturing moving to the east and brands and technology investment growth in the west. The global information free-for-all has changed society for ever, governments fall to twitter campaigns, revolutions are sparked, is this anarchy or government by the people? Should we be more worried by a global failure of the Internet, data loss, wiki leaks or because Pandora is out of the box. What risk do we face as individuals, businesses and nations? Can we protect ourselves from the ghost of connectivity?
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.
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.
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.
An honorary life fellow of Gresham College, Professor Tim Connell is an Emeritus Foundation professor from City University, where he sat on Senate for many years. He is a graduate of Oxford, Liverpool and London universities, and has studied in Spain and Mexico. He also holds the degree of Doctor of Letters from City, University of London.
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, and is a regular contributor to the professional journal The Linguist. He is a member of the All Party Parliamentary Languages Group, which he addresses with some regularity.
International education is another area of key concern. Tim is deputy chair of the international course board for ESCP Europe, (the French grande école based in Paris) which also covers London, Berlin, Madrid and Turin. He has had professional links with Latin America for many years, which has provided ample material for his classes on cultural communication and awareness.
He writes and broadcasts regularly on a wide range of themes relating to London, languages in the modern world and diverse cultural topics. He sits on an editorial board for Cambridge Scholars Publishing and has dealings with various publishers. In the past three years he has published chapters on livery companies in the City of London, languages and Brexit and was the lead writer for Get Smart About Scandals, a report on past lessons for future finance. He has just completed a revision of the history of Canning House, home to the Luso-Hispanic Brazilian Society, with which he has had an association for nearly forty years.
Tim has developed particular links in the Square Mile as a Freeman of the City of London and sits on the Court of the Stationers' Company where he is currently developing a policy on public access as part of the new Hall charity.
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. Since 2006 he has been Chairman of the Gresham Society, which supports Gresham College.