Cyber Risk Thursday:
Online Communities and the Future of National Security

A conversation with:

Leo Blanken
Associate Professor, Defense Analysis
Naval Postgraduate School

Jasmine El-Gamal
Senior Fellow
Atlantic Council

Charley Snyder
Senior Cyber Policy Advisor
US Department of Defense

Introduced and Moderated by:

Beau Woods
Deputy Director, Cyber Statecraft Initiative 
Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security
Atlantic Council

Internet connectivity has empowered communities of people in unprecedented ways, enabling them to interact across physical borders while gaining access to new technologies like 3D printing, biohacking, and artificial intelligence. Highly skilled communities of security researchers, tinkerers, hobbyists, and innovators advance science and engineering faster than governments and companies can catch up. However, hacktivists and terrorist groups can employ these very same skills and tools to conduct disruptive cyber attacks. Can the overwhelming number of good actors in these online communities of interest be creatively mobilized to combat nefarious activities in their midst? Must we trade innovation for national security, or can they reinforce each other? What happens when you drop military counterproliferation operators into the hacker spaces of Silicon Valley?

A reception will follow the event.

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Atlantic Council
1030 15th Street NW, 12th Floor (West Tower Elevator) 
Washington, DC 

This event is open to press and on the record. 

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