Exploding Data: Reclaiming Our Cyber Security in the Digital Age

Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

Exploding Data: Reclaiming Our Cyber Security in the Digital Age

6th September 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Free

The most dangerous threat we face today is no longer military, but rather the increasingly pervasive exposure of our personal information. Nothing undermines our freedom more than losing control of information about ourselves. In addition to social media and online browsing, shopping and streaming, our smart devices—from iPhones to the car GPS, from Fitbit to your smart fridge and interactive children’s toys—are collecting our personal habits. We’re not leaking personal data; we’re hemorrhaging it. At the same time, the commercial drive to enhance marketing tools has encouraged relentless innovation in data collection and exploitation. And yet, as daily events underscore, we are ever more vulnerable to cyber-attack.

 

Today’s rampant technology, and the convenience and opportunity it offers has numbed us to our loss of privacy. The availability of data is only going to grow in years and decades to come and Secretary Chertoff argues that we urgently need to regulate how government and the private sector are allowed to make use of that information, without sacrificing our liberty and civic values.

 

The Henry Jackson Society is proud to invite you to an event with Secretary Chertoff who will draw on his experience as US Secretary of Homeland Security and co-author of the USA Patriot Act to explain the complex, global legalities surrounding issues of data collection and a way forward that could balance the needs of individuals, government, and business alike.

 

***

EVENT SUMMARY

 

On the 6th of September, the Henry Jackson Society had the pleasure of hosting Michael Chertoff, former United States Secretary of Homeland Security. He presented his latest book Exploding Data: Reclaiming Our Cyber Security in the Digital Age, which addresses the legal issues arising from new data collection methods. The event was chaired by Dr Alan Mendoza, executive director at the Henry Jackson Society.

Secretary Chertoff explained in the beginning of the talk that the background for this book was a series of government jobs he held throughout his career. He recounted how there was no Department for Homeland Security when the US was attacked on 11th September 2001 by Al-Qaeda and how these events exposed a global security threat from a non-state terror network. While in conventional warfare, combatants wear clearly identifiable uniforms and radars can detect enemy missiles, 9/11 posed questions how terrorists can be recognised and future attacks prevented. This lead to the collection and analysis of private data to identify terror suspects. Meanwhile, such data is also used for commercial purposes and even for attacks.

Secretary Chertoff stressed the importance of granting individual’s rights to control the usage of already existing data about them. He pointed out how in the past, privacy was mostly focused on one’s property. However, new technology to record daily life call for changes in law to better protect citizens’ private data. Technology to record individuals’ activities has become more accessible and greater storage capacities permit the accumulation of large amounts of data. Privacy has already eroded to a great extent and the current challenge is how individuals can permit or reject the use of data gathered about them. Secretary Chertoff pointed towards China’s Social Credits Score, which aims to use private data to determine whether someone is a ‘good’ or ‘bad‘ citizen. This decision may have profound effects on a citizen’s career.

Because the usage of private data increases the possibilities for social control, Secretary Chertoff calls for rules that better protect information about individuals and limit its use. However, individuals often have no choice whether they want to provide private data or not as many services demand private information for the use. For this reason, Secretary Chertoff called upon governments to better regulate these services and suggests that consumers should be given the option to choose whether to pay in cash or private data for a service. He also advised the audience to be more mindful how much private data they reveal to online services. Collecting data is not only an important measure to prevent terror attacks, but can also be used for subversive purposes. Secretary Chertoff named the 2016 Presidential Elections as an example of the weaponised use of private data to target voters with specific messages. As more sophisticated technology enters our living space, such as Amazon Alexa or Echo, information will become more precise and more exploitable.

The talk was followed by a lively Q&A session that touched upon further challenges to the limitations of the use of private data. For example, national legislations are tied to borders while data exchange occurs at a global level. This means that while an individual may have their data removed from one domain, the same information can still be available on other parts of the web. The discussion also turned towards the potential threat of cyberwar. Attacks on digital systems raise complex questions. For once, the definite attribution of an attack is very difficult and potential culprits may find it easy to deny responsibility. Furthermore, delivering an adequate response is a challenge, as escalation of the conflict is a potential threat and innocent lives might be hurt. Based on his experience as prosecutor, Secretary Chertoff proposed that while data collection should happen, the information should only be analysed when there is a valid reason to do so.

The Henry Jackson Society would like to thank Secretary Chertoff for the presentation of his book Exploding Data and his insightful talk about the pressing issue of regulating the use of personal information.

Details

Date:
6th September 2018
Time:
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Cost:
Free

Venue

Millbank Tower
21-24 Millbank
Westminster, SW1P 4RS United Kingdom

Organiser

Henry Jackson Society
Phone:
+44 (0) 20 7340 4520
Email:
rsvp@henryjacksonsociety.org

Other

SPEAKER
Secretary Michael Chertoff
Tickets are not available as this event has passed.

RELATED EVENTS

Eastern European Security: 5 Years from Maidan

26 February @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, in early 2014, gave rise to fears that the Kremlin might try its luck militarily elsewhere … Continued

Women’s Voices In Extremism

25 February @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

It is clear that women serve as facilitators, supporters, and instigators of violence in terrorist movements. This panel will discuss … Continued

UNWRA: Time for a Rethink?

19 February @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

There are many reasons why the peace process between Israelis and Palestinians has foundered. One of the most contentious issues between … Continued

The Price of Prosperity

12 February @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

As President Donald Trump confounds Washington DC and promises to reshape policy from taxation to healthcare to foreign affairs, governments and … Continued

Evolution of Russia’s Foreign Policy: 5 Years from Maidan

6 February @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Five years ago next month, Russia annexed Crimea in the first forcible annexation of the territory of a European country … Continued

Britain’s Strategic Interest in South China Sea

30 January @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

In late August last year stories began to emerge in the media of a confrontation between the Royal Navy and … Continued

Nationalism and Internationalism in the Age of Populism

28 January @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am

Western liberalism is under attack, not only at home also but from newly-emboldened authoritarian states abroad. Across the West, states … Continued

Ukraine: 5 Years on from Maidan

24 January @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

In January 2014, Ukraine’s then-President Victor Yanukovych passed a series of ‘anti-protest’ laws to quash growing unrest in the country. … Continued

The Sarawak Report

17 January @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The 1MDB scandal, the theft of billions of dollars from Malaysia’s sovereign wealth fund, and the attempt to cover it … Continued

Global Britain and the Future of Europe

16 January @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

As the United Kingdom withdraws from the European Union, its position in relation to the continental mainland is once again … Continued

The Full English Brexit

14 January @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

“Whether we like it or not, Brexit will happen at 11 PM on 29 March 2019. That much is sure and is … Continued

The Future of Capitalism: Facing the New Anxieties

14 January @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Deep new rifts are tearing apart the fabric of Britain and other Western societies: thriving cities versus the provinces, the … Continued

Understanding the Uighur Situation in Xinjiang

10 January @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

In August of last year, human rights experts in the UN called on the People’s Republic of China (PRC) to … Continued

Lessons from Churchill for the Contemporary Age

8 January @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Since the last major biography of Churchill, forty-one sets of papers have been deposited at the Churchill Archives, and The … Continued

Future Politics

19th December 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Future Politics confronts one of the most important questions of our time: how will digital technology transform politics and society? … Continued

Dark Commerce: How a New Illicit Economy Is Threatening Our Future

12th December 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Though mankind has traded tangible goods for millennia, recent technology has changed the fundamentals of trade, in both legitimate and … Continued

Belt and Road: A Chinese World Order – Implications for “Global Britain”

4th December 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

China’s Belt and Road strategy is acknowledged to be the most ambitious geopolitical initiative of the age. Covering almost seventy countries by land … Continued

Why Middle Eastern Jewish Refugees Are Key to Understanding and Resolving the Israel-Palestine Conflict

27th November 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Jews lived continuously in the Middle East and North Africa for almost 3,000 years. But in just 50 years, indigenous communities … Continued

Secular States, Religious Politics: India, Turkey, and the Future of Secularism

22nd November 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

India and Turkey were the two exemplars of twentieth-century ‘secular states’ outside of the West. Professor Sumantra Bose believes that … Continued

Movie screening ‘Better Angels’

21st November 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

At a time when the world’s two acknowledged superpowers seem to be moving closer towards economic and political conflict, a … Continued

Nationalist Populism and the Future of Political Risk in the West

20th November 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

The political events of recent years have sent shockwaves throughout the established order of Western liberal democracies. Election after election … Continued

Global Britain and Vietnam

20th November 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

As global trade becomes increasingly maritime in nature, so too it is beginning to follow the centre of the global economy, … Continued

The McCain Legacy and the Magnitsky Act

15th November 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The United States’ adoption of the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act of 2012 marked a watershed in America’s, … Continued

The Future of ‘Global Britain’ as a ‘Seapower State’

13th November 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Prof. Andrew Lambert’s new book, Seapower States examines how Britain and four other seapowers used their special identities to inform … Continued

The Left’s Jewish Problem: Jeremy Corbyn, Israel and Anti-Semitism

8th November 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Dave Rich’s updated edition of The Left’s Jewish Problem: Jeremy Corbyn, Israel and Antisemitism (2018) contends that antisemitism is a … Continued

Adam Smith: What He Thought and Why It Matters

6th November 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

At a time when economics and politics are ever more polarized between left and right,  Jesse Norman MP in his 'Adam … Continued

The Road to Unfreedom

5th November 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Long before the election of Donald Trump, Timothy Snyder began to issue warnings concerning threats to American democracy. A leading … Continued

Women, Peace and Security Index

1st November 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The status of women offers key insights into a nation's prosperity and security. The first-ever Women, Peace and Security Index offers … Continued

Polonium, Novichok, Propaganda

23rd October 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Since Vladimir Putin came to power in Russia in 2000, a defining trait of his regime has been its use … Continued

Women and Sharia Law

17th October 2018 @ 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm

Human Rights activist and Arab scholar Dr. Elham Manea in her book Women and Sharia Law: The Impact of Legal Pluralism in … Continued

Global Britain and the South China Sea

16th October 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Over the past 4 years, the People’s Republic of China has built a number of fortress islands in the South … Continued

Moneyland: Why Thieves and Crooks Now Rule the World and How to Take It Back

15th October 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Moneyland is the secret country of the wealthy and unscrupulous, the place where they put their assets, their children and … Continued

How Russia Abuses Interpol – And How To Stop It

25th September 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

It is widely recognised that Russia abuses Interpol. Russia uses the International Criminal Police Organization to harass dissidents, political opponents, … Continued

Ending the Endless War? A New Strategy for Afghanistan

17th September 2018 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

The Afghanistan War has now lasted for 17 years, and estimates suggest has cost the US government upwards of $750 … Continued

Under Siege: The Persecution of Minorities in the Middle East

13th September 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

The Middle East remains one of the most tumultuous regions in the world today, with its many ethnic and religious … Continued

UK-US Financial Cooperation After Brexit

13th September 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The level of cooperation between the United Kingdom and the United States has been described as “unparalleled” among major powers. … Continued

HJS Report Launch: Negotiating the Peace: Diplomacy on the Korean Peninsula

12th September 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The past 18 months have seen an immense amount of economic, diplomatic, and even military activity relating to the Korean … Continued

Nine Lives: My Time as MI6’s Top Spy Inside Al-Qaeda

11th September 2018 @ 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm

As one of al-Qaeda's most respected bomb-makers, Aimen Dean rubbed shoulders with the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks and swore … Continued

Exploding Data: Reclaiming Our Cyber Security in the Digital Age

6th September 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The most dangerous threat we face today is no longer military, but rather the increasingly pervasive exposure of our personal … Continued

President Trump, the EU and the UK

30th August 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Donald Trump campaigned in 2016 by explicitly rejecting the foreign policy of recent presidents, Democrat and Republican. Perhaps nowhere was … Continued

HOW TO RIG AN ELECTION

23rd August 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

To book for our next event, Exploding Data: Reclaiming Our Cyber Security in the Digital Age, press here.   SPEAKERS: Dr … Continued

END OF AN ERA: HOW CHINA’S AUTHORITARIAN REVIVAL IS UNDERMINING ITS RISE

31st July 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

SPEAKER: Professor Carl Minzner, author, End of an Era China’s reform era is ending. Core factors that characterised its political stability, … Continued

COLLAPSE: EUROPE AFTER THE EUROPEAN UNION

24th July 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

SPEAKER: Dr Ian Kearns, author, Collapse: Europe After the European Union Could the European Union collapse in the near future? Following … Continued

IN THE SHADOW OF THE AMIA BOMBING: GLOBAL TERROR AND THE THREAT TODAY

18th July 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

SPEAKERS: His Excellency Renato Carlos Sersale di Cerisano - The Argentine Ambassador to the United Kingdom; Dr. Shimon Samuels - … Continued

RUSSIA’S ASSASSINATIONS ABROAD

17th July 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

SPEAKERS: Marina Litvinenko, activist and campaigner; Luke Harding, Guardian correspondent; and Giles Udy, historian and author During Vladimir Putin’s time in power a … Continued

PESHMERGA: ‘THOSE WHO FACE DEATH’

16th July 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

  SPEAKER: Dr Simon Ross Valentine, author, Peshmerga: 'Those Who Face Death' Before the invasion of northern Iraq by ISIS in … Continued

TRUMP AND TRADE DEFICITS

9th July 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

SPEAKER: Dr Linda Yueh, economist and author As we anticipate the visit of President Donald Trump to the UK, many … Continued

BY MORE THAN PROVIDENCE: GRAND STRATEGY AND AMERICAN POWER IN THE ASIA PACIFIC SINCE 1783

5th July 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

SPEAKERS: Dr Michael Green - Author of By More Than Providence and Senior Vice President for Asia and Japan Chair … Continued

GLOBAL BRITAIN AND INDIA: A NEW ‘SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP’?

3rd July 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

In the midst of some great changes in the international system, countries have been left with the qaundry of how … Continued

BELLINGCAT, OPEN SOURCE INVESTIGATIONS, AND THE TRUTH ABOUT MH17

2nd July 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

SPEAKER: Eliot Higgins, Founder of Bellingcat The destruction of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine in July 2014 shocked the … Continued

ASIAN WATERS: THE STRUGGLE OVER THE ASIA-PACIFIC AND THE STRATEGY OF CHINESE EXPANSION

27th June 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

SPEAKERS: Humphrey Hawksley, author of Asian Waters: The Struggle Over the Asia-Pacific and the Strategy of Chinese Expansion ; Bill Hayton, Associate Fellow … Continued

THE SECRET WORLD: A HISTORY OF INTELLIGENCE

26th June 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

SPEAKER: PROFESSOR CHRISTOPHER ANDREW, Author of The Secret World: A History of Intelligence Partly because of official secrecy, no 20th century … Continued

BETWEEN KIN AND COSMOPOLIS: AN ETHIC OF THE NATION

20th June 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

PROFESSOR NIGEL BIGGAR, Regius Professor of Moral and Pastoral Theology, Oxford University, in conversation with Douglas Murray The nation-state is … Continued

THE ISRAEL-PALESTINIAN PEACE PROCESS: PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE

19th June 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

SPEAKER: EHUD OLMERT, former Prime Minister of Israel It’s been 10 years since the last meaningful peace deal was put … Continued

HORIZON 2020: WHAT WILL THE MIDTERMS TELL US ABOUT THE FUTURE OF U.S. ELECTIONS?

13th June 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Whatever one’s feelings toward the outcome of the 2016 US elections, there can be no doubting the historic impact and … Continued

NATO: EUROPEAN SECURITY AT A TIME OF TRANSATLANTIC UNCERTAINTY

12th June 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

As Britain considers its relationship with Europe, European security has never been more precarious, with Russian revanchism on the rise … Continued

HJS-event-banner-generic-image

HJS REPORT LAUNCH: “DEFENDING EUROPE: ‘GLOBAL BRITAIN’ AND THE FUTURE OF EUROPEAN GEOPOLITICS”

11th June 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

As the United Kingdom leaves the European Union, geopolitics is returning to the European continent. Germany and France are squabbling … Continued

ON TWITTER

HJS



Lost your password?

Not a member? Please click here