Puppies are displayed for sale in a car trunk at a weekly pet market in downtown Amman, Jordan, on Friday. Nader Daoud/AP
Anne, a 31-year old French woman under an assumed name, has been fined for wearing a niqab while driving. Here, she speaks during a news conference in Nantes, western France on Friday. She told French media that police stopped her last month while she was driving in Nantes and handed her a 22-euro ($29.60) fine, saying her clothing posed a 'safety risk' to her driving. Stephane Mahe/Reuters
NE Pacific Transient killer whales are seen in Alaska. With the typical black and white color pattern and eye-patch similar to Antarctic Type-A killer whales, the NE Pacific Transient whales are genetically distinct. The Transients are known to feed on all types of marine mammals, including other whales, dolphins, and seals and sea lions. Killer whales, also known as orcas, include several distinct species, according to genetic evidence published on Thursday. Dave Elliffrit/NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center/Reuters
Colorado Avalanche goalie Craig Anderson (41) blocks a shot by a San Jose Sharks player in the third period of Game 5 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series on Thursday night in San Jose, Calif. The Sharks defeated the Avalanche 5-0. Paul Sakuma/AP
Leroy Houston of the Queensland Reds is tackled by South African Stormers' Francois Louw, bottom, during their Super 14 Rugby match in Brisbane, Australia, on Friday. Tertius Pickard/AP
A woman hangs a Turkish flag as an offering at a 15th century shrine in Gallipoli on Friday. Umit Bektas/Reuters
German actress Barbara Schoeneberger performs during the German Film Prize ceremony in Berlin on Friday. Tobias Schwarz/Reuters
The Northern Lights are seen above the ash plume of Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano in the evening on Thursday. Lucas Jackson/Reuters
A model poses next to an IAT (International Application Technology) 'Zu' electric concept car, designed by IAT Automobile Technology, at the Beijing Auto Show in Beijing on Friday. China overtook the United States as the world's biggest auto market in terms of number of vehicles sold in 2009. Grace Liang/Reuters
A man walks out of the Royal Exchange in the City of London. The economic recovery lost ground in the first three months of this year as the harshest winter in three decades hit retailers and industry, official data showed Friday. Toby Melville/Reuters
President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama wait for their food to arrive at the 12 Bones Smokehouse restaurant in Asheville, N.C., on Friday. The Obamas visited Asheville for the weekend. Jason Reed/Reuters
Two hoopoe birds are displayed for sale at a weekly pets market in downtown Amman, Jordan, on Friday. Hundreds of bird lovers and merchants gather every Friday to sell, buy, and trade all kinds of birds and pets. Nader Daoud/AP
Hungary's Anett Meszaros (bottom) and Slovenia's Rasa Sraka compete during the women's under 70kg (154 pounds) final of the European Judo Championships in Vienna on Friday. Dominic Ebenbichler/Reuters
A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket with the Air Force's Orbital Test Vehicle launches from Cape Canaveral, Florida on Thursday. The launch marked ULA's 40th successful mission in 40 months of operation since its inception in December 2006. The point of the project, started by NASA in the late 1990s and later adopted by the military, is to test a next-generation space shuttle – the world's only reusable operational spaceship – to try to trim time between flights and cut costs, said Gary Payton, Air Force deputy undersecretary for space programs. Pat Corkery/United Launch Alliance/Reuters
Join a panel discussion with Passcode and the Atlantic Council's Cyber Statecraft Initiative on the future of cyberspace, Wednesday, May 20th.
The Internet and related technologies have been safe, secure, and resilient enough for the past three decades of their existence to reshape nearly every industry, create a hyper-connected world, and transform the global economy. Perhaps this will continue indefinitely, with the future holding yet more wonders. However, the increasingly pervasive Internet brings with it growing dependence on a shared, stunningly complex system-of-systems. This has critically exposed companies and governments to systemic cyber risks, where a series of local failures might turn into a global shock similar to the 2008 financial crisis.
What is more, while cyberspace has been continuously evolving through changes in usage and available technologies, most of the current cybersecurity trends now point to a darker future: every year we face more data breaches, critical vulnerabilities, and nations building and using offensive cyber capabilities. Will the accumulated downside risks of dependence on a sometimes rickety and untrustworthy digital infrastructure soon start outpacing the upside opportunities of global interconnectedness? Or will cyberspace head in a direction that is unlike anything ever experienced or envisioned? What game-changing discontinuities could transform the future of cyber conflict and cooperation?
The moderated panel discussion will assess these tensions between risks and opportunities rooted in cyberspace and discuss potential cyber futures that could take shape over the next decade.
With Passcode as the exclusive media partner, this event is part of the Atlantic Council project with Zurich Insurance Group and the University of Denver's Pardee Center for International Futures focusing on assessing the balance between risks and opportunities in cyberspace. In the first year, using quantitative and qualitative frameworks, the group is assessing the impact of accumulated downside cyber risks on upside opportunities for economic growth. In the second year, the team will evaluate the impacts of geopolitical and demographic risks.