SoFTA Lecture series

Events

Global Cooperation in Cyberspace in an Era of Competition

Introduction

The innumerable benefits of cyberspace are threatened by an increasingly crowded and contentious global commercial environment. Cybersecurity professionals are hampered in their efforts to prevent and protect against malicious cyber activity by a fragmented marketplace. Instead, companies, with support from their home governments, should work together to balance competing priorities and raise the level of cybersecurity in a global basis.

Speaker

Bruce W. McConnell
Global Vice President, EastWest Institute
McConnell, one of the world’s leading experts on cybersecurity, leads the EastWest Institute’s Global Cooperation in Cyberspace Initiative, working with governments and the private sector worldwide to make cyberspace safer and more secure.
Prior to joining EWI, he served as Deputy Under Secretary for Cybersecurity at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, responsible for ensuring the cybersecurity of all federal civilian agencies and the most critical U.S. infrastructure. Previously, McConnell served on the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team, built and sold two consultancies, coordinated international Y2K preparations on behalf of the World Bank and United Nations, and served in the Executive Office of the U.S. President, where he co-chaired the White House interagency working group encryption policy.

Detail

  • date: 5th NOVEMBER
  • time: 1:30-3:30pm
  • location: SOOCHOW University, School of Communication, 1005 Building, 5148 Meeting Room

Internet Governance, Internet Fragmentation and the Crisis of the Narrative

Introduction

With the global Internet Governance agenda becoming increasingly complex and multidimensional, a big question presently is whether both multistakeholder and multilateral approaches remain adequate to the gravity of the challenge and credible to propel the further advancement of the Internet as a truly global asset and what could be done to keep the Internet as a unique global asset.

Speaker

Leonid Todorov
General Manager, Asia Pacific Top Level Domain
Mr. Leonid Todorov is the General Manager of the Asia Pacific Top Level Domain Association (APTLD). As a member of the RIGF Organizing Committee, he has also been engaged in creation and promotion of the Russian Internet Governance Forum, the biggest event of its kind across Eastern and Central Europe and the post-Soviet Space. He also sits on the Steering Group for the European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG) and the Multistakeholder Steering Group of the Asia Pacific Regional Internet Governance Forum (APrIGF). In 2013-2014, he sat on the ISOC Advisory Business Council and currently is a member of the CCNSO ICANN’s Strategic and Operations Plan Working Group and observer at the CCNSO Council. Mr. Todorov is a faculty member of the European Summer School on Internet Governance, and also served for more than a decade as Chief of Staff to the late PM Yegor Gaidar.

Detail

  • date: 5th NOVEMBER
  • time: 1:30-3:30pm
  • location: SOOCHOW University, School of Communication, 1005 Building, 5148 Meeting Room

Digital Cooperation for Inclusive Economy and Society

Speaker

Professor Jovan Kurbalija
Founding Director of DiploFoundation,
Head of the Geneva Internet Platform
Professor Jovan Kurbalija is the Founding Director of DiploFoundation and the Head of the Geneva Internet Platform. A former diplomat, Jovan has a professional and academic background in international law, diplomacy, and information technology. He has been a pioneer in the field of cyber diplomacy since 1992 when he established the Unit for Information Technology and Diplomacy at the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies in Malta.
Jovan was a member of the United Nations (UN) Working Group on Internet Governance (2004‒2005), special advisor to the Chairman of the UN Internet Governance Forum (2006‒2010), and a member of the High Level Multistakeholder Committee for NETmundial (2013‒2014).
Since 1997, Jovan’s research and articles on cyber diplomacy have shaped research and policy discussion on the impact of the Internet on diplomacy and international relations. His book, An Introduction to Internet Governance, has been translated into 9 languages and is used as a textbook for academic courses worldwide. He lectures on e-diplomacy and Internet governance in academic and training institutions in many countries, including Austria (Diplomatic Academy of Vienna), Belgium (College of Europe), Switzerland (University of St Gallen), Malta (University of Malta), and the United States (University of Southern California).

Detail

  • date: 6th NOVEMBER
  • time: 4:00-5:30pm
  • location: IAG08

Adventures in Photojournalism

Introduction

The discussion will be based on Lent’s practical experience as a photojournalist and the impact that images can have both on a community and as a photographer making the images. The theme for the discussion will be “Using Media to Turn Negatives Into Positives”.

SPEAKER

Mark Lent
Mark Lent started his photojournalism career as a full time staff photographer for the Playground Daily News in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida at the age of 16. He worked his way up through larger newspapers in Tampa, and Orlando, Florida and eventually for the New York Times Company and was based in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and covered sports and news assignments throughout the southeastern United States. Lent’s work has been published in some of the largest publications in America and shown extensively through the various wire services. Mark instructed high school students in Photography, 3D animation and Documentary film making prior to instructing at XJTLU. Mark also owned a marketing company, Integrated Media Digital Design for 20 years and serviced clients such as Mercedes Benz and U.S. Steel as well as several national Trucking companies. Mark earned both a BA and MA in Telecommunications and Film from the University of Alabama and has 3 credits that he is a named author in academic publications. Mark is married to Emily Chen and they have a son, Johnny. Additionally, he also has three grown children residing in America. He is originally from New York.

Detail

  • date: 6th NOVEMBER
  • time: 6:00pm
  • location: IAG08