June 8 2020: 15:00 EDT* / 20:00 BST*
June 9 2020: 05:00 AEST* / 07:00 NZST*


This webinar will bring together, in real time, experts from the USA, UK, AUS, and NZ, to present a policy debrief from their home country, and debate controversial questions like, which providers can be trusted, how do we build trustworthy networks, and what does the future of intelligence sharing arrangments (or lack thereof) look like in the context of 5G?  

We’d like to thank IBM Canada for providing the tech support and online platform to host this international event.




The rapidly emerging successor to 4G wireless networks, 5G offers high speed data, ultra-low latency, but most notably, because of its distributed and decentralized configuration, provides the foundation for realizing the full potential of the internet of things (IoT), which will further consolidate the deep technological interconnectivity of modern societies. 5G will promote efficiency and foster improvement across many domains and associated critical infrastructure — defence, healthcare, business, communications, transportation, etc. The coming 5G revolution consequently brings with it a whole new realm of cyber threats that will have existential implications for societies.


As a powerful challenger to the current rules-based international order, the CCP regime’s “closeness” to Huawei and laws surrounding information sharing with the government have led Western leaders and commentators to raise alarms about the risk of backdoors in the technology that would leave western critical infrastructure and governmental processes and secrets exposed to cyber-attack. Although much attention has been geared towards Huawei as a potential threat to Western security, 5G technology poses significant security challenges more generally, regardless of the provider. The trustworthiness of these networks will require technological solutions that are perhaps not advancing as fast as the deployment of the 5G networks.


The vulnerabilities of 5G networks pose fundamental strategic concerns for the defence, geospatial, signals and human intelligence sharing arrangement between the Five Eyes nations, Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand. Can the alliance survive intact if a member is perceived as operating within a compromised information network?


Moderated by the former director of Canada’s intelligence agency, our international panelists will discuss their country’s current position and the direction that nation is taking on this question, explore potential technological solutions to the security threats posed by 5G technology and specifically potential ways out of the impasse with China and Huawei, and finally assess the impact of 5G as well as the implications for future Five Eyes cooperation moving forward.
Former Director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) and

National Security Advisor to Prime Ministers Trudeau & Harper

Mr. Richard B. Fadden was the National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister from January 19, 2015 to March 31, 2016. Previously he was the Deputy Minister of National Defence starting in May 2013, he served as the Director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service from 2009 until 2013. He has also served as the Deputy Minister for Citizenship and Immigration Canada from 2006 to 2009, the Deputy Minister of Natural Resources Canada from 2005 to 2006, President of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency from 2002 to 2005, and Deputy Clerk and Counsel in the Privy Council Office from 2000 to 2002. In early 2001, he took on the additional position of Security and Intelligence Coordinator.
In the course of his career, Mr. Fadden worked in a variety of different positions across the Government of Canada including in the Department of External Affairs, the Office of the Auditor General of Canada, Natural Resources Canada and the Treasury Board Secretariat.
Mr. Fadden holds a Graduate Diploma in Law from the University of Ottawa, a Bachelor of Laws from the Université de Montréal, and a Bachelor of Arts (Political Science) from McGill University.
He is an Officer of the Order of Canada.
He is a native of the Province of Quebec. He is married with two children.
Currently, he serves on a number of boards, is a Senior Fellow at the University of Ottawa’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and speaks on a variety of public policy issues.
Senior Lecturer
University of Waikato, NZ
Institute of Security and Crime Science

Dr Joe Burton is Senior Lecturer at the New Zealand Institute of Security and Crime Science, University of Waikato, and a Marie Curie fellow at Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB), completing the two-year European Commission-funded project Strategic Cultures of Cyber Warfare (CYBERCULT).  Joe holds a Doctorate in International Relations and a Masters in International Studies from the University of Otago and an undergraduate degree in International Relations from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.  Joe is recipient of the US Department of State SUSI Fellowship, the Taiwan Fellowship, and has been visiting researcher at the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE), Tallinn, Estonia. Joe is the author of NATO’s Durability in a Post-Cold War World (SUNY Press, 2018) and his work has been published in Asian SecurityDefence StudiesPolitical Science and with a variety of other leading academic publishers.  Joe teaches a range of courses on Cyber Security, Strategic Studies and Security Studies and has extensive experience of professional and executive education in the military, defence and governmental sectors (e.g. NATO CCDCOE – Executive Cyber Seminar, New Zealand Defence Force Command and Staff College – NZDF CSC, Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam – DAV). 


Senior International Defence Researcher
RAND Corporation

Timothy Heath is a senior international defense researcher at the RAND Corporation. Prior to joining RAND in October 2014, he served as the senior analyst for the USPACOM China Strategic Focus Group for five years. He worked for more than 16 years on the strategic, operational, and tactical levels in the U.S. military and government, specializing on China, Asia, and security topics.

Heath has published numerous articles and one book. Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, he has extensive experience analyzing China’s national strategy, politics, ideology, and military, as well as of Asian regional security developments. He earned an M.A. in Asian studies from George Washington University and a B.A. in philosophy from the College of William and Mary. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in political science from George Mason University.


Senior Fellow

Technology and National Security Program, CNAS

Prior to joining CNAS, Mr. Rasser served as a senior intelligence officer and analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency, where he worked on foreign emerging technologies, technology innovation, and weapons research & development. He also served as a senior advisor in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, special advisor to a senior military commander in the Middle East, chief counterterrorism liaison to a U.S. military unit in Iraq, and vice chairman of a National Intelligence Council (NIC) working group.

Upon leaving government service, Mr. Rasser served as Chief of Staff at Muddy Waters Capital, an investment research firm focused on investigating business fraud, accounting fraud, and fundamental problems. More recently, Mr. Rasser was Director of Analysis at Kyndi, a venture-backed AI startup in Silicon Valley.

His commentary and research have appeared in Foreign Policy, Lawfare, The National Interest, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Scientific American, and he is regularly quoted in outlets such as Axios, Bloomberg, Fortune, National Journal, the New York Times, South China Morning Post, U.S. News and World Report, the Wall Street Journal, and WIRED. Mr. Rasser received his B.A. in anthropology from Bates College and his M.A. in Security Studies from Georgetown University.


Senior Research Fellow

Oxford Internet Institute
Deputy Director of the Digital Ethics Lab – Oxford

Dr Mariarosaria Taddeo is Senior Research Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, where she is the Deputy Director of the Digital Ethics Lab, and is Faculty Fellow and Defence Science and Technology Fellow at the Alan Turing Institute. Her recent work focuses mainly on the ethical analysis of Artificial Intelligence, cyber security , cyber conflicts, and ethics of digital innovation. Her area of expertise is Philosophy and Ethics of Information, although she has worked on issues concerning Epistemology, Logic, and Philosophy of AI. She has received multiple award for her work, among which  the 2010 Simon Award for Outstanding Research in Computing and Philosophy; the 2016 World Technology Award for Ethics. In 2018, InspiringFifty named her among the most inspiring 50 Italian women working in technology. In the same year, ORBIT listed her among the top 100 women working on Ethics of AI in the world. Since 2016, Taddeo serves as editor-in-chief of Minds & Machines (SpringerNature) and of Philosophical Studies Series (SpringerNature). She is also a member of the Exploratory Team on Operational Ethics, established under the auspices of the Human Factors and Medicine (HFM) panel of the NATO Science and Technology Organization. Her research has been published in major journals like Nature, Nature Machine Intelligence, Science, and Science Robotics.

Associate Professor, Intelligence & Security Studies
Charles Sturt University

Patrick F. Walsh, PhD, is a former intelligence analyst, who has worked in Australia’s Office of National Intelligence and the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission. He is an associate professor in Intelligence and Security Studies, Charles Sturt University, Australia. Professor Walsh and is also a visiting fellow in the Department of History, Politics and International Relations, University of Leicester (UK). He is consulted regularly by government agencies on intelligence reform and capability issues. Professor Walsh is also a former Vice-President (Admin) for Australia’s peak intelligence professional body, the Australian Institute of Professional Intelligence Officers (AIPIO). He is currently a chief investigator on an Australian Research Council grant (along with Professor Miller) examining the ethics and efficacy of security intelligence collection post-Snowden. In addition he is an investigator in a multi-university research collaboration– the Cooperative Research Centre for Cyber Security. His research grants and publications focus on a range of areas related to intelligence capability; including, but not limited to: governance, leadership, intelligence and ethics, biosecurity and cyber. He is the author of Intelligence and Intelligence Analysis (UK: Routledge, 2011); Intelligence, Biosecurity and Bioterrorism (UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018), and the forthcoming Leadership and Intelligence Governance (UK: Routledge, 2020). Professor Walsh is a member of the editorial committee for the Intelligence and National Security journal, which is the peak international and peer reviewed journal in the field of intelligence studies.