Press Call: Economic Benefits and Costs of Alternate Cyber Futures


Thursday, September 10, 2015
10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

In partnership with Zurich Insurance Group:

Jason Healey
Senior Fellow, Cyber Statecraft Initiative, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security
Atlantic Council


Barry Hughes
Frederick S. Pardee Center for International Futures

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You are cordially invited to participate in a special press briefing on the release of the Council's report, published in partnership with Zurich Insurance Group – Risk Nexus: Overcome by cyber risks? Economic benefits and costs of alternate cyber futures.

The globalization of value chains, increased financial integration, rapid urbanization, and the Internet's ubiquity have all accelerated worldwide economic growth over the past few decades. Unfortunately, these same developments have also significantly increased our vulnerability to external shocks and global crises. With risks mounting and traditional systems of control weakening, the joint report by the Atlantic Council and the Frederick S. Pardee Center for International Futures examines whether the risks of being connected will start to outweigh the benefits to global economic growth. More specifically, it asks: In 2030, will the Internet and related information and communications technologies (ICTs) continue to drive global innovation and prosperity? Or, will that bright promise be swamped by an unstable and insecure Internet, so overwhelmed by non-stop attacks that it becomes an increasing drag on economic growth? The report uses economic modeling tools to understand, for the first time, how cyber costs and benefits might affect GDP over time. 

Please join us on Thursday, September 10, at 10:00 a.m. EST for a special members and press call and conversation with the author, Jason Healey, Senior Fellow at the Cyber Statecraft Initiative of the Atlantic Council, and Barry Hughes, Director of the Frederick S. Pardee Center for International Futures.

Kindly RSVP online, or contact Kayvan Chinichian at or at 202-778-4961 if you have any questions. This call will be on-the-record. 

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