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Cyberphobia: Identity, Trust, Security and the Internet

Friday 8 April 2016

1 Hour


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Journalist and writer Edward Lucas gives an alarming account of how easy it is for cyber-criminals and those intent on mischief to get access to our online lives and identities.

Lucas explains that cyberspace is not as secure as we might think and that our passwords are no barrier to those intent on getting past them without us knowing.  He shows how the rapid growth of the Internet over the last 20 years has created a space for those seeking invisibility. And he shows how secrecy and privacy are not possible for individuals or corporations. With increasing dependence on the Internet, Lucas says this threat to our security is never going to diminish. He explains the best defence strategies and argues that we are moving into a post-digital age where face-to-face communication will be the only interaction that matters.

Lucas is a senior editor at The Economist and an expert in energy, intelligence and cyber-security. He covered Eastern Europe for more than 20 years, including the final years of the Cold War, the collapse of the Soviet Union and the rise of Putin. He is also author of The New Cold War, Deception, and The Snowden Operation.