The Future of Cybersecurity and Privacy: A Discussion with Bruce Schneier

This seminar discussion will focus on the future of cybersecurity and privacy, with a particular focus on the potential effects from artificial intelligence. The discussion will focus on questions such as: will AI have a positive or adverse effect on cybersecurity? Over the coming few decades, are we likely to see cyber warfare? Could new technologies undermine the privacy / security tradeoff?

The discussion will centre on Bruce Schneier's views on these topics. It will be chaired by Allan Dafoe and include Lucas Kello, Andrew Trask, and other panellists. The event is co-hosted by the Centre for Technology and Global Affairs and the Center for the Governance of AI, housed at the Future of Humanity Institute.


About the speakers

Bruce Schneier is one of the world's most influential and respected experts on computer security. He is the author of thirteen books, most recently a book on risks associated with the internet of things (Click Here to Kill Everybody) and a book on privacy and surveillance policy (Data and Goliath). He is also the author of the seminal textbook Applied Cryptography. His "Schneier on Security" and newsletter "Crypto-Gram" are read by over 250,000 people and cover a broad range of topics in computer security. He is a fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, a Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, and a board member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, AccessNow, and the Tor Project. He has also served on several government committees and testified before Congress.

Allan Dafoe is the Associate Professor and Senior Research Fellow in the International Politics of Artificial Intelligence at the University of Oxford. He is also Director of the Center for the Governance of AI (GovAI), at the University of Oxford’s Future of Humanity Institute, which is a leading site for governance thinking about AI. Allan’s research focuses on characterizing and building the field of AI governance, and on great power cooperation and conflict around AI.

Lucas Kello is Associate Professor of International Relations at Oxford University. He serves as Senior Lecturer/Director of the Centre for Technology and Global Affairs, a major research initiative exploring the impact of modern technology on international relations, government, and society. He is also co-Director of the interdisciplinary Centre for Doctoral Training in Cyber Security at the Department of Computer Science. His publications include The Virtual Weapon and International Order (Yale University Press).

Andrew Trask is a PhD Student at the University of Oxford, a Research Scientist at DeepMind in London and is the lead of OpenMined. His work focuses on Privacy and Deep Learning. In addition to his research, Andrew is the author of Grokking Deep Learning, a Manning Publications introductory book which has sold over 10,000 copies. Andrew is also an instructor in Udacity’s Deep Learning Nanodegree, and the author of a popular machine learning blog Iamtrask.


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