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?
National Security Advisor to Prime Ministers Trudeau & Harper
He is a native of the Province of Quebec. He is married with two children.
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 Security, Defence Studies, Political 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
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.
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.
DR MARIAROSARIA TADDEO
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.
DR PATRICK WALSH
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.