Big Data, Bad Actors (Thomson Reuters)

“Big Data, Bad Actors” is a collaborative series between the Atlantic Council and Thomson Reuters that seeks to better understand how Big Data is disrupting existing national security strategies and foreign policy. This project will focus on important topics such as cross-border data flows, combating insider threats, how new technologies can empower bad actors, and how to address illicit financial flows. By investigating this disruption, the Atlantic Council and Thomson Reuters hope to discover innovative ways for reducing risk to governments and their citizens.
  • Striking a Balance Between Privacy and Security

    In an age of increasing connectivity and data-collection technologies, policymakers must grapple with the central tension between the public’s desire for privacy and the need for security.

    “We’re going to have to make this fundamental trade between how much do we value national security and protection, versus how much do we want to behave in a free society,” said Robert Schukai, global head of design and digital identity solutions at Thomson Reuters. “Technology can solve a lot of problems,” said Schukai, “but if we can’t figure out the rules of the road… it’s an asymmetric battle.”

    Leslie Ireland, who served as assistant secretary for intelligence and analysis at the US Department of the Treasury in the Obama administration, said “there needs to a broader conversation in our country about what needs to be done for protection and what that cost can be to your privacy.”

    “I wonder if there’s going to have to be such a [large-scale] privacy breach for individual people to say it’s worth it,” she added.

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  • Big Data: A Twenty-First Century Arms Race

    We are living in a world awash in data. Accelerated interconnectivity, driven by the proliferation of internet-connected devices, has led to an explosion of data—big data. A race is now underway to develop new technologies and implement innovative methods that can handle the volume, variety, velocity, and veracity of big data and apply it smartly to provide decisive advantage and help solve major challenges facing companies and governments.

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