Cyber Round Up: Clippinger on Blockchain; Microsoft wants ‘Digital Geneva’; House Chairman paints bleak cyber picture

  • Blockchain, Burning Man, and the Future of Governance: A Conversation with John Clippinger (Forbes):   An article this morning by Robert Wolcott, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Kellogg Innovation Network at Northwestern University, discusses Wolcott’s conversation with John Clippinger, who is the founder of the Institute for Data-Driven Design and a research scientist at MIT.   One topic of the conversation was blockchain and Clippinger’s view of governance in the digital age.   The summary of the discussion talks about the numerous sources that Clippinger develops his views of governance, which include the belief that everyone is a stakeholder in the digital age and the approach shouldn’t be top down.  The article cites blockchain as an area in which Clippinger was ahead of the curve, and a way to involve all the necessary stakeholders in governance.  The full summary, which includes a video of the conversation, can be found here.
  • Microsoft president touts ‘Digital Geneva Convention’ during cybersecurity keynote speech (Washington Times):   An article earlier this week reported that Brad Smith, Microsoft’s president, called for world leaders to establish a cyber version of the Geneva Convention to protect individuals from state sponsored cyber attacks.   The article said that Smith emphasized how Geneva Conventions have been added and modified to adapt with the times, and another one is needed now in the digital age.   The article quotes Smith as also stressing the need for technology companies to play a role in this new Digital Geneva, just as the Red Cross plays a role in existing conventions.  The full article can be found here.
  • DHS chairman paints bleak cybersecurity picture (Threat Post):  Another report coming out of the RSA Conference this week in San Francisco says that some government officials are not too confident in the nation’s cyber security.  Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), the chair of the House Committee on Homeland Security, says that we are in the fight of our “digital lives” and we are not winning, the article says.  McCaul echoed the popular calls for cooperation between the public and private sectors, and stressed that offensive cyber tools are far outnumbering those on the defensive side.  Notably, McCaul also called for the creation of a stronger cyber agency within DHS.  The rest of McCaul’s comments can be read here.



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Professor William Snyder

Professor William C. Snyderis a member of the faculty of the Institute for National Security and Counter-terrorism at Syracuse University after fifteen years with the United States Department of Justice.

Christopher w. FolkChristopher W. Folk

is a second year student at SU College of Law. Christopher is a non-traditional student, returning to academia after spending nearly twenty years in the high tech industry. Christopher served in the Marine Corps, graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. In Applied Economics and Business Management, attended Northeastern University’s High-Tech MBA Program and received a M.S. In Computer Information Systems. Christopher previously worked in Software Engineering and in addition to being a full-time student, Christopher is currently serving his second term as Town Justice for the Town of Waterloo. Christopher externed with a Cybersecurity firm in the Washington, D.C. area between his first and second year at SU College of Law. Full biography

Ryan D. White

Ryan D. WhiteRyan is currently a second year law student at Syracuse University College of Law, and is also pursuing a Master of Public Administration degree from Syracuse’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Ryan spent time with Homeland Security Investigations while pursuing his undergraduate degree at Wesleyan University, and spent his first summer of law school as clerk for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Western District of New York. He is a member of Syracuse Law Review, the Journal on Terrorism and Security Analysis, and participates in the Veteran’s Legal Clinic.Full biography

Anna Maria Castillo

is a third year law student at Syracuse College of Law. She is also pursuing a Master of Arts in International Relations at Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. She has interned at a London-based think-tank that specializes in transnational terrorism and global security and at the legal department of a defense contractor. She currently serves as an executive editor in the Syracuse Law Review. Full biography

Jennifer A. CamilloJennifer A. Camillo

is a third year student at Syracuse College of Law. She has served as a law clerk in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of New York and the Cayuga County District Attorney’s Office and as an extern in the Oneida County District Attorney’s Office. She is a member of the Syracuse National Trial Team and was recently awarded the Tiffany Cup by the New York Bar Association for her trial advocacy achievements.

Tara J. PistoreseTara J. Pistorese

holds Juris Doctor and Masters of Public Administration degrees from Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and its College of Law. She has served as a law clerk in the United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of New York and the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia and as an extern in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington. Full biography

Benjamin Zaiser

is both a scholar and a Federal Agent of the Federal Criminal Police Office of Germany. (Opinions expressed here are his own and not any part of official duty.) Full biography