Vendors look for customers at a local market on the outskirts of Saint-Marc, Haiti, on Jan. 22. The cholera epidemic that killed nearly 4,000 people is claiming fewer victims, with a sharp drop in new cases everywhere from the Artibonite Valley to the crowded urban slums. Rodrigo Abd/AP
Tunisian women hold photographs of their sons outside the Justice Ministry, where protesters are gathered to demand the release of those imprisoned by the regime of ousted leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali on suspicions of terrorism, in Tunis. More than a week after Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi took the reins of an interim coalition following the overthrow of Ben Ali. The poster reads, "The suffering of the prisoners of conscience and their families in Tunisia = living witnesses to the death of freedom and the counterfeit democracy." Zohra Bensemra/Reuters
France's President Nicolas Sarkozy speaks during a news conference at the Elysee Palace in Paris. Philippe Wojazer/Reuters
Shiite pilgrims are seen in Karbala, 50 miles south of Baghdad, Iraq, on Jan. 23, as faithful flock to the holy city for Arbaeen, marking the end of the 40-day mourning period after the anniversary of the 7th century martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the prophet Muhammad's grandson. Ahmed al-Husseini/AP
German honor guards stand at attention during the visit of the Swiss president and Foreign Minister Micheline Calmy-Rey at Bellevue Palace in Berlin. Markus Schreiber/AP
A jury of some of the most renowned names in pastry from around the world examine Belgium's dessert submission during the World Pastry Cup in Lyon, central France. Nineteen countries are participating in the contest, as part of the Sirha, the international hotel catering and food trade exhibition. Laurent Cipriani/AP
David Ferrer of Spain serves to Milos Raonic of Canada during their match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne. Yuriko Nakao/Reuters
In this photo released by China's Xinhua news agency, an armed police officer flies into his teammates' arms during a team-building exercise in Huainan, south of Beijing. The exercise aims at boosting mutual trust and keeping mental health in participators. Liao Fuan/AP
A subzero air temperature produces fog around water fowl huddled on a pond at sunrise in Marlborough, Mass. Bill Sikes/AP
An Indian elephant calf stands with her mother, Thi, in her enclosure at Chester Zoo in northern England. The calf, born on Jan. 22 is the second baby elephant born at the zoo in the past six months. Phil Noble/Reuters
India's Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers ride their camels as they rehearse for a 'Beating the Retreat' ceremony in New Delhi. The ceremony symbolizes retreat after a day on the battlefield, and marks the official end of the Indian Republic Day celebrations. It is held every year on Jan. 29. Adnan Abidi/Reuters
US Postal Service carrier Alyson Edwards, of Woolwich, Maine, battles with subzero temperatures while delivering mail in Richmond, Maine. Mainers woke up to 20-degree below zero frigid temperatures, the coldest that most areas of Maine have seen in over two years. Pat Wellenbach/AP
A beautician fixes nail decorations on a model's hand during the OMC (Organisation Mondiale Coiffure) Israel Cup Open, an international competition of beauty industries, in Tel Aviv. Up to 200 participants competed Monday in more than 20 different categories on the first day of the competition. Bernat Armangue/AP
A Fiat 500 gripped by an aluminum hand is seen in Italian artist Lorenzo Quinn's sculpture Vroom Vroom in London. Quinn is the son of late actor Anthony Quinn. Stefan Wermuth/Reuters
A worker pours a bucket of cocoa beans to dry inside a warehouse in Makassar, in Indonesia's South Sulawesi Province. Indonesian cocoa prices are unlikely to benefit from any export ban on top producer Ivory Coast, as poor quality makes the country's bean unsuitable for shipment to Europe, an industry body said on Monday. Indonesia is the world's third-biggest producer of cocoa beans after Ivory Coast and Ghana. Yusuf Ahmad /Reuters
A diver dressed as the Chinese god of prosperity feeds a green sea turtle named Kismet at the Kuala Lumpur City Centre Aquaria in Kuala Lumpur. The lunar New Year begins on Feb. 3 and marks the start of the Year of the Rabbit, according to the Chinese zodiac. Bazuki/Reuters
A Thai vendor waits for customers at her sidewalk shop in Bangkok, Thailand. Sakchai Lalit/AP
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.