Rafal Rohozinski

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Rafal Rohozinski is one of Canada’s thought leaders in the field of cybersecurity and Internet freedom. He is the founder  and CEO  of the Secdev Group and Psiphon inc. His work  spans two decades and 37 countries  including conflict zones in the CIS, the Middle East, and Africa.  In 2010 Rafal  was named by SC  magazine as one of the top five IT security luminaries of the year;  and  “a person to watch” by  the Canadian media.  He  is known for his work on cyber espionage, including coauthorship of the Tracking GhostNet,  and Shadows in the Cloud  and Kookface studies examining Chinese cyber espionage networks  and global cybercrime. Rafal  is a senior scholar at  the Canada Center for Global Security Studies, Munk School of Global Affairs,  University of Toronto,  and previously served as director of the Advanced Network Research Group, Cambridge Security Program,  University of Cambridge. He is a senior research advisor to the Citizen Lab, and together with Ronald Deibert, a founder and principal investigator of the Information Warfare Monitor and the Open Net Initiative. 

Rafal is the author of numerous academic and policy papers. His recent publications include, “Stuxnet and  the Future of Cyberwar ” (Survival, IISS, 2011),  “Liberation vs. Control: The Future of Cyberspace (Journal of Democracy, 2010), “New Media and the Warfighter” and, “Strategic utility of cyberspace operations” (US Army War College), and “Risking Security: Policies and Paradoxes of Cyberspace Security” (International Political Sociology, 2010).  His is also a lead  editor and contributor to Access Denied: the practice and policy of global Internet filtering (MIT, 2009) and Access  Controlled: The Shaping of Power, Rights, and Rule in Cyberspace (MIT 2010). His forthcoming book (co_authored with Ron Deibert), Ghost in the Machine: The Battle for the Future of Cyberspace,  will be published by McClelland and Stewart in early 2012.

Rafal’s  commercial ventures are active across the spectrum of cyberspace.  The Secdev Group  provides clients in the governments and commercial space with intelligence, toolsets, and investigations that inform policy and address risk in the information age.  Psiphon inc is a leading content delivery network -  cyber-casting  content for Voice of America, Radio Farda, Radio Free Asia and the BBC  into areas and regions where these broadcasts are censored or blocked. The Secdev Foundation – a Canadian non-for- profit -  provides support and advanced research capabilities to university, public research and advocacy efforts aimed at preserving the global commons of cyberspace.

Rafal’s  work and  research frequently appears in such publications as the New York Times, Washington Post, and the Guardian,  and  he has appeared  as a commentator on the BBC World Service, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, CNN, and other international media.

Rex Hughes

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University of Cambridge

Rex Hughes is a visiting fellow for cyber security at Wolfson College, University of Cambridge and at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto. A cyber defence advisor to NATO since 2008, Hughes authored the joint Chatham House-German Marshall 2009 study ‘NATO and Global Cyber Defense’ and was a lead contributor to the NATO ‘Final Advisory Report on Cyber Defence and the 2010 Strategic Concept’. Hughes is a regular speaker at Euro-Atlantic leadership fora including the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, Bucharest Conference, GLOBSEC, and The Halifax Forum.

At Chatham House where he served as an associate fellow 2009-2010, Hughes co-authored the 2009 report ‘Cyberspace and the National Security of the UK’. His national security analyses have appeared in The World Today, the monthly publication of Chatham House. In his article ‘A Treaty for Cyberspace’ that appeared in the Chatham House journal International Affairs (March 2010), Hughes considers international conventions for cyber arms control.

As a member of the Cambridge-MIT Institute from 2005-2008 he advised affiliate companies including BT, Fujitsu, Nokia, and T-Mobile on disruptive technology roadmaps while completing his doctorate on The British Response to Global Telecommunications Convergence.

In 1999 whilst a graduate student at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington, Hughes founded the first university based Internet studies programme, the UW Center for Internet Studies. There in partnership with IBM and Lotus, Hughes led the development of iEnvoy™, the first secure Internet communications platform for diplomats. From 1999-2002, iEnvoy was successfully deployed under his direction in 21 APEC and ASEAN foreign ministries through US Department of State sponsorship. In 2000 his Center’s contribution to the Internet development strategy of the Dominican Republic was publicly recognised by the country’s President Leonel Fernández.

Hughes established three noteworthy forerunners to the dot com (.com) boom­–the International Internet Law Symposium, The Internet Way of Business Conference, and the Internet Political Economy Forum; all of which earned C-level sponsorship and participation from Fortune 100 firms including Microsoft, IBM, Lotus, GE, Boeing, Forbes, and Starbucks.

David Mutimer

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York University

David Mutimer is Deputy Director of YCISS and Associate Professor of Political Science at York University.  His research considers issues of contemporary international security through lenses provided by critical social theory, as well as inquiring into the reproduction of security in and through popular culture.  Much of that work has focused on weapons proliferation as a reconfigured security concern in the post-cold war era, and has tried to open possibilities for alternative means of thinking about the security problems related to arms more generally.  In the past few years this programme of research has concentrated on small arms and light weapons.  More recently he has turned his attention to the politics of the global war on terror, and of the regional wars around the world presently being fought by Canada and its allies.  He is presently engaged in a project on rethinking arms control, what has produce a special issue of Contemporary Security Policy (2011) co-edited with Neil Cooper, and is now engaged in a large-scale project on implementing arms export controls.

Ronald J. Deibert

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Canada Centre for Global Security Studies, University of Toronto

Ron Deibert (PhD, University of British Columbia) is Professor of Political Science, and Director of the Canada Centre for Global Security Studies and the Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto. The Citizen Lab is an interdisciplinary research and development hothouse working at the intersection of the Internet, global security, and human rights. He is a co-founder and a principal investigator of the OpenNet Initiative and Information Warfare Monitor projects.

Deibert was one of the founders and (former) VP of global policy and outreach for Psiphon Inc. and a founder of SecDev.cyber.

Deibert has published numerous articles, chapters, and three books on issues related technology, media, and world politics. He was one of the authors of the Tracking Ghostnetreport that documented an alleged cyber-espionage network affecting over 1200 computers in 103 countries, and the Shadows in the Cloud report, which analyzed a cloud-based espionage network.

He has been a consultant and advisor to governments, international organizations, and civil society on issues relating to Internet censorship, surveillance and information warfare. He presently serves on the editorial board of the journals International Political Sociology,Security DialogueExplorations in Media EcologyReview of Policy Research, andAstropolitics, and is on the advisory board of The SecDev Group, The Watson Institute for International Studies’ InfoTechWarPeace project (Brown University), Access NowPrivacy International, and is a member of the board of directors of Lake Ontario Waterkeeper.

Deibert was awarded the University of Toronto Outstanding Teaching Award (2002), the Northrop Frye Distinguished Teaching and Research Award (2002), and the Carolyn Tuohy Award for Public Policy (2010). He was a Ford Foundation research scholar of Information and communication technologies (2002-2004).