Black Swan Redux: Security and anomalies in the age of big data
Chief Executive Officer, Cataphora
AL DI LEONDARDO
President and Chief Executive Officer, The HumanGeo Group
Founder, Future Crimes
Chief Executive Officer, SecDev
Moderator: KENNETH CUKIER
Business Correspondent, The Economist
The era of big data presents incredible opportunities -- smarter cities, stronger companies, faster medicine -- but just as many challenges. Storage is scarce, systems overloaded, governments and businesses know too much. The world now contains unimaginably vast amounts of digital information, which is growing exponentially. Managed well, this data can be used to engineer new engines of economic value, unlock scientific breakthroughs, and hold politicians accountable. Managed poorly, it can cause great harm.
The financial crisis showed that complex models that analyze large quantities of data do not always reflect financial risk in the real world. The financial crisis was sparked by big data -- and there will be others. But the data deluge will also generate millions of new ideas for how to solve big problems, build new markets, and expand existing ones. Ideas Economy: Information is a fresh look at knowledge management for the information age.
The Economist will bring together theorists, strategists, and innovators who understand how to harness data to create value and advance individual, corporate, and social good. We will sift through the vast quantities of current thinking on data to uncover the best ways forward. And we will apply the lessons of the Ideas Economy, about innovation, human capital, and intelligent infrastructure, to uncover new sources of growth and accelerate human progress across the globe.
Elizabeth Charnock founded Cataphora and has led it from concept to successful profitability, funded entirely by revenues from clients and without any outside investment. To do this, she has drawn on her prior experience as a CEO and on her extensive knowledge of information retrieval technology and business. She was CEO and founder of Troba, an industry leading customer relationship management software company which she sold in 2001. Ms. Charnock has significant experience in engineering management, management consulting, and restart management at such companies as Hewlett-Packard and Sun Microsystems.
Kenneth Cukier is the data editor. Previously he was the paper's Tokyo correspondent and covered business and technology from London. Earlier, he worked at the Wall Street Journal Asia in Hong Kong and the International Herald Tribune in Paris. He is the co-author of "Big Data: A Revolution that Will Transform How We Work, Live and Think."
Al Di Leonardo
Al Di Leonardo is President and Chief Executive Officer of The HumanGeo Group.
Marc Goodman is a global strategist, author, and consultant focused on the disruptive impact of advancing technologies on security, business, and international affairs. Over the past 20 years, he has built his expertise in next-generation security threats such as cyber crime, cyber terrorism, and information warfare, working with organizations such as Interpol, the United Nations, and NATO. Goodman frequently advises industry leaders, security executives, and global policymakers on transnational cyber risk and intelligence, and has operated in nearly 70 countries around the world.
Goodman is the founder of the Future Crimes Institute to inspire and educate others on the security and risk implications of newly emerging technologies. He also serves as the global security advisor and chair for policy and law at Silicon Valley’s Singularity University. Goodman’s current areas of research include the security implications of exponential technologies such as robotics, artificial intelligence, the social data revolution, synthetic biology, virtual worlds, genomics, ubiquitous computing, and location-based services.
Since 1999, Goodman has worked extensively with Interpol, where he continues to serve as a senior advisor to the organization’s steering committee on information technology crime. Additionally, he was asked by the Secretary General of the United Nations International Telecommunications Union (ITU) to join his high-level experts group on global cyber security.
Goodman has authored more than one dozen journal articles and 10 book chapters on a variety of emerging security threats. His works have been published by Harvard Business Review, The Atlantic, Forbes, The Economist, Harvard Journal of Law & Technology, Oxford University Press, and more. He has been featured on CNN, ABC, NBC, BBC, Fox News, and PBS, among others.
Goodman holds masters’ degrees in public administration from Harvard University, and in science in the management of information systems from London School of Economics. He has served as a Fellow at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation and is a distinguished visiting scholar at Stanford’s mediaX laboratory.
Rafal Rohozinski is one of Canada's thought leaders in the field of cybersecurity and Internet freedom. He is the founder and CEO of the Secdev Group and Psiphon inc. His work spans two decades and 37 countries including conflict zones in the CIS, the Middle East, and Africa. In 2010 Rohozinski was named by SC magazine as one of the top five IT security luminaries of the year; and "a person to watch" by the Canadian media. He is known for his work on cyber espionage, including coauthorship of the Tracking GhostNet, and Shadows in the Cloud and Kookface studies examining Chinese cyber espionage networks and global cybercrime. Mr. Rohozinski is a senior scholar at the Canada Center for Global Security Studies, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, and previously served as director of the Advanced Network Research Group, Cambridge Security Program, University of Cambridge. He is a senior research advisor to the Citizen Lab, and together with Ronald Deibert, a founder and principal investigator of the Information Warfare Monitor and the Open Net Initiative.
Mr. Rohozinski is the author of numerous academic and policy papers. His recent publications include "Stuxnet and the Future of Cyberwar" (Survival, IISS, 2011), "Liberation vs. Control: The Future of Cyberspace" (Journal of Democracy, 2010), "New Media and the Warfighter" and, "Strategic utility of cyberspace operations" (US Army War College), and "Risking Security: Policies and Paradoxes of Cyberspace Security" (International Political Sociology, 2010). He is also a lead editor and contributor to "Access Denied: the practice and policy of global Internet filtering" (MIT, 2009) and "Access Controlled: The Shaping of Power, Rights, and Rule in Cyberspace" (MIT 2010). His forthcoming book (co-authored with Ron Deibert), Ghost in the Machine: The Battle for the Future of Cyberspace, will be published by McClelland and Stewart in early 2012.
Rohozinski's commercial ventures are active across the spectrum of cyberspace. The Secdev Group provides clients in the governments and commercial space with intelligence, toolsets, and investigations that inform policy and address risk in the information age. Psiphon inc is a leading content delivery network - cyber-casting content for Voice of America, Radio Farda, Radio Free Asia and the BBC into areas and regions where these broadcasts are censored or blocked. The Secdev Foundation - a Canadian non-for- profit - provides support and advanced research capabilities to university, public research and advocacy efforts aimed at preserving the global commons of cyberspace.
Rohozinski's work and research frequently appears in such publications as the New York Times, Washington Post, and the Guardian, and he has appeared as a commentator on the BBC World Service, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, CNN, and other international media.
Future Crimes founder Marc Goodman discusses the inherent danger of malleable data in the digital age. In an era where man and machine coexist, Goodman warns it's not wise to always trust the information displayed on the screen of your digital device.