Cyber Attacks: Is Artificial Intelligence the New Defence?

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From drones and ransomware to disinformation, new technologies are enabling new kinds of conflict. Is a cyber attack an act of war? With artificial intelligence poised to revolutionise the speed and impact of attacks, how can we prevent cyberspace turning into a battleground? Our expert panel discusses these and other issues.

Anthony Finkelstein, Professor of Software Systems Engineering, UCL part of their defence and security research programme at the Alan Turing Institute. He has occupied various roles over a number of years advising on national security and undertaking associated research.

Bill Sherman, Director of the Warburg Institute. He curated the Decoding the Renaissance: 500 Years of Codes and Ciphers exhibition which took place at the Folger Shakespeare Library in 2014-2015.

Cal Leeming, In his early 20s, Cal worked with visionary entrepreneurs to build PixelMags, the first company to put a digital magazine on the iPhone, and The Zebra, a car insurance comparison website which collectively raised over $100m in funding. Cal now works as a Security Advisor at River Oakfield, a cyber security company which provides bespoke security solutions for private clients and recently on featured on BBC Horizon’s hard-hitting documentary about cyber-attacks on the UKs National Health Service, otherwise known as “The Day the NHS Stopped”. After a nefarious start where his natural curiosity and obsession to understand how things work led him astray, Cal was caught hacking at the age of 12, making him the youngest child ever to be prosecuted under the Computer Misuse Act in the U.K.

Ganna Pogrebna, Fellow at The Alan Turing Institute and Professor of Behavioural Economics and Data Science, University of Birmingham. Her research interests in cybersecurity are around understanding and optimising human behaviour in cyber spaces.

Mariarosaria Taddeo, Fellow of The Alan Turing Institute and Research Fellow and Deputy Director at the  Digital Ethics Lab in the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford.  Her primary research area is digital ethics, with a particular focus on ethics of cyber conflicts and cybersecurity.

The debate will be chaired by writer and broadcaster Timandra Harkness. Timandra presents BBC Radio 4 series, FutureProofing, and has presented the documentaries, Data, Data EverywherePersonality Politics and The Singularity.

Enjoy food and drink purchased from the Knowledge Centre Bar from 18.00 and after the event until the Bar closes at 22.00. The ticket price includes a glass of wine following the debate.

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Name: Cyber Attacks: Is Artificial Intelligence the New Defence?
Where: Knowledge Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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Price: Full Price: £6.00
Member: £6.00
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Student: £4.00
Registered Unemployed: £4.00
Under 18: £4.00
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