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Join the Atlantic Council's Cyber Statecraft Initiative and Passcode on Thursday, July 14 for a panel discussion on the opportunities and challenges posed by disruptive technologies and self-regulating online communities.

Passcode is proud to serve as the sole media partner for the Cyber Risk series of events with the Atlantic Council's Cyber Statecraft Initiative. Please join us on Thursday, July 14 from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. for a panel discussion with a group of prominent cybersecurity experts.

Internet connectivity has empowered communities of people in unprecedented ways, enabling them to interact across physical borders while gaining access to new technologies like 3D printing, biohacking, and artificial intelligence.

Highly skilled communities of security researchers, tinkerers, hobbyists, and innovators advance science and engineering faster than governments and companies can catch up.

However, hacktivists and terrorist groups can employ these very same skills and tools to conduct disruptive cyber attacks.

Can the overwhelming number of good actors in these online communities of interest be creatively mobilized to combat nefarious activities in their midst? Must we trade innovation for national security, or can they reinforce each other? What happens when you drop military counterproliferation operators into the hacker spaces of Silicon Valley?

Please join the Atlantic Council's Cyber Statecraft Initiative on Thursday, July 14 from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. for a discussion on the opportunities and challenges posed by disruptive technologies and self-regulating online communities.

A conversation with:

Leo Blanken
Associate Professor, Defense Analysis
Naval Postgraduate School

Jasmine El-Gamal
Senior Fellow
Atlantic Council

Charley Snyder
Senior Cyber Policy Advisor
US Department of Defense

Introduced and Moderated by:

Beau Woods
Deputy Director, Cyber Statecraft Initiative
Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security
Atlantic Council

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Through global engagement and thought leadership, the Atlantic Council's Cyber Statecraft Initiative focuses on international cooperation, competition, and conflict in cyberspace.

One of the Initiative's main areas of emphasis is to bring together the new field of cyber statecraft with traditional national security and international relations to  make progress on the many issues vexing the US and other governments.

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