Confidentiality 2020: Can We Keep Secrets Any More?

Confidentiality 2020: Can We Keep Secrets Any More?

Presented by the Washington DC Chapter of the Internet Society (ISOC-DC) and the Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center On Thursday May 15 2014

The Internet, social media and the Internet of Things are dramatically reducing the cost of collecting and sharing information. One result is that it is becoming easier to track what companies and governments are doing. Another result is that whistleblowers, malicious hackers, and organizations like Wikileaks can disseminate huge quantities of confidential information (e.g. government memos, Swiss bank records, and phone recordings).
Are we seeing an inevitable trend towards transparency? Or will companies and organizations find ways to lock down their networks and their information? If radical transparency is inevitable, what should organizations do to adapt?

An informal roundtable discussion with:
David Brin -- Noted science fiction writer, futurist, and author of "The Transparent Society"
Greg Elin — and former Chief Data Officer, FCC
Allan Holmes — The Center for Public Integrity
Tom Lee -- Director, Sunlight Labs
Barry Pavel, VP, Atlantic Council, and Director, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security
Mark Rasch -- Chief Privacy and Data Security Officer, SAIC
Moderator: Michael Nelson -- Principal Technology Policy Strategist, Microsoft

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