Distinguished Panel to Speak on BGF-G7 Summit Initiative May 9

( May 2nd, 2016) On  May 9, The Boston Global Forum (BostonGlobalForum.org) will host a major conference on the theme of “Building Ethics Norms for Cybersecurity’’. It is part of its BGF-G7 Summit Initiative, in which internationally known experts have been participating since the start of this year. Please see  below the list of moderators and other speakers  for May 9,  along with other information about the meeting.


A key part of the BGF’s work this year has been the Initiative, which has been convening leading scholars and business, government, technology and other leaders from around the world to seek solutions to pressing global issues involving peace, security and development. The BGF has worked with Japanese officials to craft proposals to be considered by the leaders of the G7 nations at  their summit, on May 26-27 in Japan.

The BGF’s biggest push this year has been developing “Strategies for Combating Cyberterrorism’’.  In pursuing this, most of the Initiative’s online dialogues so far this year, a major feature of the Initiative, have dealt primarily with cybersecurity. The most promising ideas from these dialogues and other BGF work have been summarized and will be reported to the national leaders meeting in Japan.

Online speakers have included David Sanger, chief  Washington Correspondent of The New York Times; Bruce Schneier, chief technology officer  of Resilient Systems; John Savage, the An Wang professor of computer science at Brown University and a BGF member; Allan Cytryn, international business cybersecurity expert,  a principal of Risk Masters International and a BGF member; Carlos Alberto Torres, the UNESCO Chair on Global Learning and Global Citizenship Education at the University of California at Los Angeles and a BGF member; Yasuhisa Kawamura, the chief spokesman for the Japanese government; Prof. J.D. Bindenagel, the Henry Kissinger Professor for Governance and International Security, at the University of Bonn; Prof. Matthew Smith, professor of computer science at  the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität in Bonn, and Ezra Vogel, the Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences Emeritus at Harvard, a world-renown expert on East Asia and a BGF member.

The cybersecurity project began last year, as BGF experts started to develop the BGF’s “Ethics Code for Cyber Peace and Security.’’

Ryan Maness,  Visiting Fellow for Security and Resilience Studies in the Department of political science at Northeastern University, will present a report on the BGF-G7 Summit Initiative’s cybersecurity proposals at the May 9 meeting.

Practical details of the event:

Time: 7 p.m. (EDT) May 9

Venue: Room 2, Harvard Faculty Club, 20 Quincy St., Cambridge, MA 02138

To be live-streamed at www.bostonglobalforum.org

The conference will be directly linked with participants in Tokyo and Bonn.

It will be moderated by:

  • Gov. Michael Dukakis, Co-Founder, Chairman, Boston Global Forum.


  • Prof.  Jose Barroso, former President of the European Union.
  • President Vaira Vike-Freiberga, former President of Latvia, President of Club de Madrid.
  • Prof. Thomas E. Patterson, Co-Founder, Member of Board of Directors, Member of Editorial Board, Boston Global Forum; Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press, Harvard Kennedy School, and acting director of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at the Kennedy School.
  • Prof.  Joseph Nye, Member of the BGF Board of Thinkers; University Distinguished Service Professor, Harvard Kennedy School.
  • Prof.  Koichi Hamada, Special Adviser to  Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the G7 Summit’s host.
  • Nguyen Anh Tuan, Co-Founder and CEO, Boston Global Forum; Chair, International Advisory Committee, the UNESCO-UCLA  program on Global Citizenship Education.
  • Prof. John Savage, An Wang Professor of Computer Science, Brown University and BGF member.
  • Ryan Maness, Visiting Fellow of Security and Resilience Studies, Department of Political Science, Northeastern University.
  • Tomomi Inada, Chairman of Policy Research Council of Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party and a Member of the Japanese House of Representatives.
  • Prof.  Nazli Choucri, Professor of Political Science, MIT; Director of the Global System for Sustainable Development (GSSD).
  • Prof. Derek Reveron, Professor of National Security Affairs and the EMC Informationist Chair at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, R.I
  • Prof. Chris Demchak, RADM Grace M. Hopper Chair of Cybersecurity and Co-Director of the Center for Cyber Conflict Studies, at the U.S. Naval War College

For more information on the meeting, including about attending it, please send queries to: [email protected]