Next week the Foreign Office is hosting the London Conference on Cyberspace. The event was originally set up with high ambitions, to agree on “norms of behavior” for cyberspace, although some of the high hopes may have been lowered. Still, the speaker list covers the whole gambit, from Yemeni political activists to German arms control officials. Somewhere in between you might spot Hillary Clinton or Jimmy Wales, co-founder of Wikipedia.
You’d think this event is hard to beat. Well, we did it. Certainly regarding the title. Next Thursday, November 3, at 5pm, the world-famous Ron Deibert will announce “The Coming Perfect Storm in Cyberspace” at the Department of War Studies. That’s right.
Ron is the director of the Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto. His institute is well-known for investigative and highly innovative research projects, most notably the discovery of GhostNet. David Betz will chair the event; I will offer some short thoughts as a discussant. All that will be in the War Studies Meeting Room (K6.07) 6th Floor, King’s Building, Strand. Please RSVP.
There will be time after the event to rush to Tesco to stock yourself up with tinned food and duct tape. Not much though.