Conference on Cybersecurity in an Age of Uncertainty: U.S. – Israel Perspectives


March 20-21, 2017 at American University in Washington, DC  RSVP Here 

Power struggles over national security, human rights, and the global digital economy now play out in the cyber arena. Control of cyber policy is distributed over a combination of private actors, government agencies, civil society, and technical institutions. Bilateral relationships among nations now include a significant cyber policy dimension that has the potential to foster cooperation, competition, and/or conflict among nations.

The purpose of this conference is to explore issues of global cyber power from American and Israeli perspectives. How can cybersecurity and human rights coexist in the digital era? How should private and public entities in Israel and the United States work to prevent and respond to cybertheft while preserving innovation essential to economic growth and national security? What are the national policies of each country with respect to the protection of cyber infrastructure and the role of cyber operations in national security strategy? At the same time as these global cyber challenges emerge, the United States and Israel have two of the most robust and innovative cybersecurity industry clusters. What cooperation and collaboration is necessary to support the massive cybersecurity industries in these countries? Through a series of four expert panels, we will explore cutting-edge U.S.-Israeli cyberpolicy issues involving national security, crime, human rights, and the digital economy. Topics to be discussed include active cyber military operations, Internet freedom, cybertheft, and technological capabilities. Each panel will explore the responsibilities of various governmental agencies as well as the roles of the private sector and the public in each country.

March 20: Keynote Address – Yuval Elovici on “The Internet of Things: The New Frontier of Cyber Conflict” and Opening Remarks by American University President Neil Kerwin 

7:30 PM at Abramson Family Founder’s Room, School of International Service

Professor Elovici, a member of Ben-Gurion University’s Department of Information Systems Engineering, is the director of the University’s Cyber Security Research Center. He is also the director of the Deutsche Telekom Innovation Labs@BGU, a ten-year collaboration between Deutsche Telekom and BGU focusing on mobile data protection.

March 21: Washington College of Law Claudio Grossman Hall.

  • 8:00-9:00 AM Breakfast and Registration
  • 9:00-9:15 AM Welcome and Greetings
  • 9:15-10:45 AM – Panel 1: Cybersecurity and Human Rights
  • 10:45-11:00 AM Coffee Break
  • 11:00 AM -12:30 PM – Panel 2: The Cybersecurity Industry
  • 12:30-1:30 PM Lunch
  • 1:30-3:00 PM – Panel 3: Cybertheft
  • 3:00-3:15 PM Coffee Break
  • 3:15-4:45 PM – Panel 4: Cybersecurity and National Security Policies – the US and Israel


Amir Becker, Cyber Attaché, Israel National Cyber Directorate, Embassy of Israel

Erran Carmel, American University Kogod School of Business

Jennifer Daskal, Associate Professor, WCL, American University and former Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for National Security, U.S. Department of Justice

Laura DeNardis, American University Professor and Director, Internet Governance Lab

Prof. Yuval Elovici, Director of Ben-Gurion University’s Cyber Security Research Center

Eldar Haber, University of Haifa

Omri Lavie, NSO Group

Rebekah Lewis, Kogod Cybersecurity Governance Center

Jonanthan Meyer, Shepherd Mullin, formerly Deputy General Counsel, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Ran Nahmias, Head of Threat Prevention & Data Center Security in the Americas, Check Point Software Technologies, Ltd.

Michael Nelson, CloudFlare

Eric Novotny, American University School of International Service and U.S. Department of State (Moderator)

Gabe Rottman, Deputy Director of the Freedom, Security and Technology Project, Center for Democracy and Technology

Camille Stewart, Former Senior Policy Advisor, International Cyber & Critical Infrastructure, US Department of Homeland Security

Lior Tabansky, Blavatnik Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Centre at the University of Tel Aviv (TAU-ICRC) (author of Cybersecurity in Israel)

Melanie Teplinsky (WCL) American University

Eric Wenger, Director, Cybersecurity and Privacy Policy, Global Government Affairs, Cisco

American University Co-sponsors: Center for Israel Studies, Internet Governance Lab at American University, Washington College of Law, School of Communication, Washington College of Law, School of Communication, School of International Service, Kogod School of Business, The Kogod Cybersecurity Governance Center, Department of Computer Science.

Partner Sponsors: American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the NegevInternet Society Washington DC ChapterIsrael Cybertech 2017Future of Privacy ForumMaryland/Israel Development CenterChristian Science Monitor Passcode


Content Rules?! Jan. 18 Panel Discussion on Algorithms and Newsfeeds

The New York City and Washington DC Chapters of the Internet Society, in partnership with the Internet Governance Lab at American University, invite you to attend:

Content Rules?! Newsfeeds, Algorithms, Content Moderation, and Ethics
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 from 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

A joint panel discussion in New York City and Washington DC on January 18, 2017 at 6:00 PM, hosted by the New York and Washington, DC Chapters of the Internet Society in partnership with the Internet Governance Lab at American University. In Washington, DC, the event will take place in the School of Communication’s McKinley Building in the second floor theater.

Click here to register to attend in Washington, DC
Click here to register to attend in New York

As online content evolves it plays an increasingly important role in society. Newsfeeds, search results, and other social content intermediate news and information, influence business decisions, and shape opinions. Platforms, such as Facebook, Google, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Reddit deliver the content that shapes public opinion and behavior.

The current controversy over fake news has made this an issue of public concern.

Our panel will address the technical and ethical questions raised by the social, political, and economic impact of the increasing prominence of these algorithmically negotiated information spaces, including:

*   Should these platforms be considered public spaces?
*   What are the impacts of (algorithmically) moderated content?
*   Should the public have a right to see and know the algorithms being used to moderate and control content?
*   At what point do we consider private platforms as media?

Washington, DC

Charles Lewis – Professor, American University

Jessa Lingel – Assistant Professor, Annenberg School of Communications

Andrew Bridges, Partner, Fenwick & West LLP

New York

Gilad Lotan – Head of Data Science @buzzfeed

Bill Grueskin – Dean of Academic Affairs, Professor of Journalism, Columbia University

Arthi Murugesan – Lead Data Scientist at Grubhub

Register to attend

Click here to register to attend in Washington, DC
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