Kevin Rhodes, participates in the first annual Mudquest Family Adventure at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock, Texas, on Saturday. Larry Kolvoord/Austin American-Statesman/AP
US Army flight medic Sgt. Jose Rivera from Task Force Lift "Dust Off", Charlie Company 1-214 Aviation Regiment shaves his head while waiting for missions at Forward Operating Base Edi in the volatile Helmand Province of southern Afghanistan, Sunday. Kevin Frayer/AP
A man plays with his son along the seafront in Benghazi, Libya, Saturday. Rodrigo Abd/AP
Rescuers from the Marine Mammal Conservancy and other organizations load a pilot whale on a boat Saturday, at Cudjoe Key, Fla. . The mammal is one of two pilot whales that were released off the lower Florida Keys. Julie Botteri/Florida Keys News Bureau/AP
An Israeli soldier stands still in Ashkelon, north of the Gaza Strip, as a one-minute siren marking Memorial Day is sounded across Israel May 8. Israel commemorates its fallen soldiers on Memorial Day, which begins Sunday night. Amir Cohen/Reuters
A couple pose for pictures before a traditional Andean Indigenous mass wedding in La Paz, Bolivia, Saturday. Some 350 couples participated in this event, having the possibility to choose the wedding godfather, according to an ancient tradition, who this time was Bolivia's President Evo Morales. Juan Karita/AP
An Egyptian army soldier runs to break up clashes between Christians and Muslims in downtown Cairo, Sunday. Egypt's military rulers vowed to crack down on religious violence after 12 people died in clashes in a Cairo suburb sparked by unconfirmed suspicions that Christians had abducted a woman who converted to Islam. Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters
Ecuador's President Rafael Correa greets supporters after voting in a referendum in Quito, Ecuador, Saturday. Analysts consider the plebiscite an important gauge of popularity for Correa, who was re-elected in 2009 after a rewrite of the constitution. Patricio Realpe/AP
Alejandro Montenegro of Nicaragua competes against Leong Kin Wa of Macao at the f the Table Tennis World Championships in Ahoy stadium, Rotterdam, Netherlands, Sunday. Peter Dejong/AP
Spectators lean over to get a better look at the inside of a 1957 Chevy Bel Air owned by Jim Elmore of Cheyenne during a car show on Saturday, in downtown Cheyenne, Wyo. James Brosher/Wyoming Tribune-Eagle/AP
Workers load sacks of cocoa at the port of Abidjan Sunday. Ivory Coast resumed cocoa bean exports on Sunday more than three months after they were halted by the country's violent political crisis. /Luc Gnago /Reuters
Gondoliers row gondolas used by the security personnel of Pope Benedict XVI at the end of his pastoral visit in Venice, Sunday. Stefano Rellandini/Reuters
Indigenous members of the Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN) take part in a march at San Cristobal de Las Casas in Mexico's state of Chiapas, Saturday, as part of a campaign against violence and the high levels of crime in the country. Mario Castillo/Reuters
Leandra Felton wades through slowly rising floodwaters with items from her home in Memphis, Tennessee, Saturday. Memphis-area residents were warned that the Mississippi River was gradually starting to "wrap its arms" around the city and rise to record levels. Eric Thayer/Reuters
Colombian pop star Shakira performs under heavy rain during her concert, part of "The Sun Comes Out World Tour", in Bucharest, Romania, Saturday. Bogdan Cristel/Reuters
Women with babies line up to register in a nation-wide campaign for people who do not own their own house, in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday. Jorge Silva/Reuters
Navy veteran Stana Cazely (L) and air force veteran Joseph Perez-Marchese, practice on the beach at a surf therapy program for military veterans in Manhattan Beach, California, Saturday. Lucy Nicholson/Reuters
John Velazquez rides Animal Kingdom to victory, during the 137th Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, in Louisville, Ky. David J. Phillip/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.