Dmitri Aperovitch: Practitioner in Cybersecurity Award

Practitioner in Cybersecurity Award

Loeb House, Harvard University, December 12, 2016

Dmitri Aperovitch is a most effective practitioner of the arts of computer security.  Starting his career in the late 1990s he has become a thought leader on cybersecurity policy and technologies. While a vice president at McAfee and CTO at Crowdstrike he brought to light many very important cyber espionage intrusions, including some attributed to Russian and Chinese actors. His technical and communication skills have given him unusual visibility, resulting in recognition by MIT Technology Review as one of the Top 35 Innovators Under 35 and one of Foreign Policy’s Top 100 Leading Global Thinkers.

Thus, it is with great pleasure that the Boston Global Forum is pleased to confer on Dmitri Alperovitch the Boston Global Forum’s Practitioner in Cybersecurity Award.

Scott Charney: Business Leader in Cybersecurity Award

Business Leader in Cybersecurity Award

Loeb House, Harvard University, December 12, 2016

Scott Charney has shown outstanding leadership of Microsoft’s trustworthy computing effort, strong support for privacy and security standards and information sharing, and has led the articulation of cybersecurity norms for states and the global ICT industry.

Through his leadership Scott is having a profound influence on current thinking in cybersecurity technology, policy, legal matters, and international relations. Thus, it is with great pleasure that the Boston Global Forum is pleased to confer on Scott Charney the Boston Global Forum’s Business Leader in Cybersecurity Award.

World Reconciliation Concerts 2017 open this September in Vietnam and Japan with a series of classical music performances by leading artists.

The 2017 World Reconciliation Concerts will be performed in Vietnam and Japan this September. Music for Global Citizens is the official theme for this series of classical music concerts that are being perfomed as part of World Reconciliation Day festivities and are aimed at fostering peace among all people and greater security in the world. The concerts and other events being held in connection with World Reconciliation Day are organized by the UNESCO Chair on Global Learning and Global Citizen Education UCLA and The Boston Global Forum. 2017 World Reconciliation Concerts will be taken place on the following days:

  • September 1st, 2017, Vietnam National Cheo Theatre, Quan Am Thi Kinh, performed at National Cheo Theatre, and pianist Mona Golabek.
  • September 6th, 2017 Cellist Tamás Varga, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, performs in Tokyo with pianist Rika Miyatani, Chopin Prize, and Waseda University’s Chorus The first World Reconciliation Concert was organized on April 22, 2010 at Hanoi Opera House by VietNamNet and Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Charles Ánbacher.

Five previous World Reconciliation Concerts, were performed by the Boston Landmark Orchestra, as a regular weekly cultural event at the Charles River Esplanade’s Hatch Shell and are part of the Charles Ansbacher Music For All Award program.

Among those participating in the Boston concerts were community and world leaders, celebrity artists, and renowned faculty from Harvard University, MIT, and other great universities in the region.

The concerts attracted thousands of greater Bostonians and have become an important cultural event for the summer months.

Since the concerts’ inception, numerous talented artists have been honored for delivering a profound message on the importance of music in the lives all people worldwide. Artists who have received the Charles Ansbacher Music For All Award have included a number of talented musicians who overcame tremendous odds to bring music to others, thus personifying the spirit of World Reconciliation.  Mr. Nguyen Anh Tuan presented the Charles Ansbacher Music For All Award to Armand Diangienda in 2012 in Boston.

Mr. Nguyen Anh Tuan presented the Charles Ansbacher Music For All Award to
Armand Diangienda in 2012 in Boston

Over the years, the World Reconciliation Concerts have become widely recognized for raising spirits through wonderful performances; proving again-and-again that music can enhance people’s thoughts, open their minds, encourage understanding, and improve their tolerance of others.

This year, Hoa Sen Group, Vietnam’s leading producer of sheet steel for world export, continues to provide financial support for the World Reconciliation Concerts as their gesture toward promoting world peace among the Asian region nations.

Hoa Sen Group President Le Phuoc Vu’s speech at the World Reconciliation Concert 2010
at the Hanoi Opera House

Cellist Tamás Varga, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, performs in Tokyo with pianist Rika Miyatani

North Korea Peace Initiative is focus of the Boston Global Forum at World Reconciliation Day Symposium 8:30 – Noon, Sept. 9, at Harvard

Live: World Reconciliation day

World Reconciliation Day on September 9th 2017 at Loeb House University, MA.Main topic: North Korea Peace Initiative

Posted by Boston Global Forum on Saturday, September 9, 2017

Media Advisory: Coverage is invited. Details and preregistration contacts:

Dick Pirozzolo [email protected] or 617-959-4613 or

Tuan Nguyen [email protected] +1 617 286 6589

 

North Korea Peace Initiative is focus of the Boston Global Forum at

World Reconciliation Day Symposium 8:30 – Noon, Sept. 9, at Harvard

 

Soft power authority Joseph Nye and Gov. Michael Dukakis

to address scholars, experts, business leaders, diplomats

 

“A single misstep can turn political brinksmanship into a global conflagration. Nowhere is there a greater risk today than with North Korea,” Governor Michael Dukakis, Chairman, The Boston Global Forum

Boston, Aug 2, 2017 — Throughout August, Boston Global Forum scholars and experts on international relations (www.bostonbglobalforum.org)  will discuss and develop innovative solutions to the nuclear missile crisis posed by North Korea; with recommendations to be discussed during the World Reconciliation Day Symposium at 8:30 AM to Noon, September 9th, Loeb House, Harvard University, 17 Quincy Street, Cambridge, Mass.

The event has been organized by the UNESCO Chair on Global Learning and Global Citizen Education Network UCLA and The Boston Global Forum. The Boston Global Forum was founded in 2012 by Gov. Michael Dukakis and Nguyen Anh Tuan along with a dedicated group of internationally renowned scholars and political leaders as a think tank dedicated to finding peaceful solutions to contentious issues between nations and other events that decrease the safety and freedom of the World’s Citizens.

Professor Joseph Nye former dean of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a member of The Boston Global Forum Board of Thinkers will deliver The Hoa Sen Distinguished Lecture on Reconciliation on the value soft power in reducing international tensions—especially with regard to conflict with The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

The Hoa Sen Group is Vietnam’s foremost manufacturer of sheet steel and building components.

“As we are acutely aware, relations between many of the world’s nations have become so hostile that a single misstep can turn political brinksmanship or a regional conflict into a global conflagration. Nowhere is there a greater risk than with North Korea, its neighbors and the United States,” said Gov. Dukakis in announcing the first Annual World Reconciliation Day event.

Program – further details to follow.

  • Opening Remarks by Governor Michael Dukakis, Chairman, the Boston Global Forum
  • Recognize Prof. Joseph Nye as Distinguished Global Educators for Peace and Innovation
  • Joseph Nye will deliver the Hoa Sen distinguished lecture on soft power for reconciliation.
  • Discuss innovative solutions for world reconciliation
  • Remarks by the Boston Global Forum’s CEO Nguyen Anh Tuan

The Boston Global Forum has addressed multiple world issues such as improving working conditions in Asia, conflict in the South China Sea and enhancing cybersecurity amidst numerous state-sponsored, rogue actor and other cyber threats.

World Reconciliation Day, is hosted annually by UNESCO-UCLA Chair on Global Learning and Global Citizenship Education Network, UCLA and the Boston Global Forum.

Should you have any questions, please contact media liaison Dick Pirozzolo at +1 617 959 4613 or [email protected]

 

About The Boston Global Forum

Established in 2012, The Boston Global Forum brings together, in an open and accessible public forum, an eclectic and engaging spectrum of highly regarded academic leaders, real-world experts, thought leaders, media experts and promising young leaders.

BGF’s immediate goal is to identify emerging threats to peace and stability around the globe, suggest realistic solutions, and identify possible actions that can be taken to avert armed conflict. The Forum’s ultimate goal is to lessen tensions, promote peace and security, and foster conditions that lead to greater social justice and broader economic prosperity wherever.

Prof. John A. Quelch, is Honored Today for his Five-Year Contribution As a Director of The Boston Global Forum

The former Harvard Professor and cofounder of The Boston Global Forum

Will leave Boston for his new role as Dean of the University of Miami

School of Business Administration

Boston, July 1, 2017 — Professor John A. Quelch was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation today by The Boston Global Forum (BGF) for his role in founding the think tank whose aim is to foster peaceful solutions to world tensions. Prof. Quelch has been actively involved as a member of the board of directors of The Boston Global Forum for over five years and has contributed substantially to its achievements.

Earlier, Prof. Quelch was named dean of its School of Business Administration and vice provost for executive education of The University of Miami and will assume the post this summer.

In addition to his role with The Boston Global Forum, Dr. Quelch was the Charles Edward Wilson professor at Harvard Business School and a professor in the Department of Health and Policy Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Said Tuan Anh Nguyen, CEO of The Boston Global Forum, in making the presentation, “Dr. Quelch is a renowned international scholar who has generously shared his knowledge on globalization, branding and modern marketing strategies on behalf of The Boston Global Forum. His involvement and guidance has contributed substantially to its prestige and recognition. My colleagues and I congratulate him on his new role and wish him well.”

Before joining the Harvard University faculty, Dr. Quelch was the dean, vice president and professor of international management at China Europe International Business School from 2011 to 2013, during which time its revenue increased more than 25 percent to $100 million.

He was the dean of the London Business School from 1998 to 2001.

Dr. Quelch has authored, co-authored or edited 25 books, plus numerous business case studies that have sold more than four million copies over the past 35 years.

He holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Exeter College, Oxford University, an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, an M.S. from the Harvard School of Public Health, and a D.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Born in London, he was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2011.

About The Boston Global Forum

Established in 2012, The Boston Global Forum brings together, in an open and accessible public forum, an eclectic and engaging spectrum of highly regarded academic leaders, real-world experts, influential thoughts leaders, media experts and promising young leaders.

BGF’s immediate goal is to identify emerging threats to peace and stability around the globe, suggest realistic solutions, and identify possible actions that can be taken to avert armed conflict. The Forum’s ultimate goal is to lessen tensions, promote peace and security, and foster conditions that lead to greater social justice and broader economic prosperity wherever they are most needed.

UNESCO Chair on Global Learning and Global Citizenship Education and Boston Global Forum Create The Global Education Leadership Innovation Council

Contact[email protected] ,  [email protected]

Webste: GCE.GSEIS.UCLA.edu Tel.: +1 617 286 6589

Boston, MA – The Global Education Leadership Innovation Council was recently created through a joint venture between the UNESCO-UCLA Chair in Global Learning and Global Citizenship Education and the Boston Global Forum.

The Council will focus on educational management and leadership in an effort to encourage the adoption of new concepts, principles, solutions, initiatives, and ideas to innovate global education. These innovations in global education are expected to be fostered by the Global Citizenship Education Network and education institutions worldwide.

Council members are:

The Council is directed by multiple well-known educational leadership professors and scholars such as:

Governor Michael Dukakis, Chairman of The Boston Global Forum

Prof. Carlos Alberto Torres, Chair, UNESCO Chair, Global Learning and Global Citizenship Education, UCLA

Prof. Patrick Winston, founder, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at MIT.

Prof. Nazli Choucri from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Prof. David Silberweig from Harvard Medical School at Harvard University

Le Phuoc Vu, Chairman of Hoa Sen Group

Tuan Anh Nguyen, Assistant and Chair of the International Advisory Committee UNESCO-UCLA Chair on Global Learning and Global Citizenship Education and CEO of The Boston Global Forum, is the permanent member of the Council.

New Concepts and Ideas for Global Education

  1. Members of Global Education Leadership Innovation Council believe education is an inspiration to humanity. It is also a lifelong progression that should not only be made in schools but continue through events that involve all citizens in activities that promote social wellbeing.
  2. Global Citizenship Education Network encourages the implementation of new ideas and initiatives in global leadership, management and the mobilization of religions to cooperate in educating people to be more compassionate, humane and respectful.
  3. With the rapid development of technology, artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet the Council will strive to automate the transfer of knowledge transfer to every region and family region around the globe.

Global Education Leadership Innovation Council will:

  • Announce innovations, new solutions for governance reform and global education leadership.
  • Announce initiatives, solutions for education reform, educational revolution around the world.
  • Create models, new ways of doing things contribute to a profound renewal of global education.
  • Honor 10 global education innovation leaders annually.
  • Lead the Global Citizen Education Network to host the annual World Reconciliation Day

About The Boston Global Forum

Established in 2012, The Boston Global Forum brings together, in an open and accessible public forum, an eclectic and engaging spectrum of highly regarded academic leaders, real-world experts, influential thoughts leaders, media experts and promising young leaders.

BGF’s immediate goal is to identify emerging threats to peace and stability around the globe, suggest realistic solutions, and identify possible actions that can be taken to avert armed conflict. The Forum’s ultimate goal is to lessen tensions, promote peace and security, and foster conditions that lead to greater social justice and broader economic prosperity wherever they are most needed.

Boston Global Forum Marks Annual World Reconciliation Day, Sept. 9th

UNESCO and The Boston Global Forum Makrs Annual World Reconciliation Day, Sept. 9th

To Foster Global Peace, Security, Tolerance, Kindness on

 

Press Contacst: Dick Pirozzolo + 1 617 959 4613, [email protected]

Tuan Nguyen + 1 617 286 6589, [email protected]

 

Boston, MA — September 9th is designated World Reconciliation Day by UNESCO Chair on Global Learning, the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), and The Boston Global Forum, and will be commemorated locally with a program at Harvard University.

 

World Reconciliation Day at Harvard University:

Time: 8:30 AM, September 9, 2017

Venue: Loeb House, Harvard University

Participants: Professors from Harvard University, MIT, UCLA, and universities in Boston;

Consuls-General from other countries in Boston

Business leaders in Boston

 

Program Agenda:

Introduce President Gov. Dukakis:  Professor Patterson

Opening Remarks by Michael Dukakis

The Distinguished Lecture on Reconciliation: Professor Thomas Patterson

Recognize Professor Joseph Nye: Distinguished Global Educator for Peace and Innovation, Professor Carlos Torres.

The Distinguished Lecture on Reconciliation: Professor Joseph Nye.

Announce excellent innovations and solutions for world reconciliation: Gov. Dukakis.

Announce and discuss the solution for world reconciliation 2017

            Solutions for the North Korean Peninsula

Moderator: Governor Michael Dukakis

Introduce World Reconciliation Festival: Nguyen Anh Tuan

Closing Ceremony: Gov. Dukakis

The event is hosted by Tuan Anh Nguyen, CEO of The Boston Global Forum.

“The purpose of Annual World Reconciliation Day is to foster world peace, security and creativity to  make the world a better place with more tolerance and kindness,” Nguyen said in announcing the program hosted in part by the Global Citizenship Education Network (GCEN).

According to Nguyen, “The world’s great universities are urged to participate with a focus on events scheduled at Harvard University and UCLA. Other leading universities and cultural organizations are being scheduled to participate with events such as Reconciliation Concerts and a World Reconciliation Festival.”

September 9th events commemorating World Reconciliation Day Include:

  1. Publish and evaluate initiatives on reconciliation and peace: showcasing the best solutions.
  2. The Distinguished Lecture on Reconciliation: a world-renown authority will speak about reconciliation, focusing on ideas to reduce problems that lead to continual world conflict.
  3. The Global Educator Award for Peace and Innovation: Present the Global Educator Award for Peace and Innovation on World Reconciliation Day each year at Harvard and UCLA.
  4. Conciliation Concert: Call upon city and university symphony orchestras to participate with reconciliation concerts every September 9th and encourage
  5. World Reconciliation Festival: Put reconciliation into practice by communicating the benefits of reconciliation, elimination of hatred and value of tolerance. Discuss the quintessence of art and culture with an eye toward encouraging philanthropy.

World Reconciliation Day also calls for the United Nations and Vatican leadership to seek support from mosques, churches, temples, and pagodas around the world and join in on the World Reconciliation Festival, held online and live to encourage personal connections around the world.

The World Reconciliation Day Council along with the Global Education Leadership Innovation Council will select and honor the Global Educator for Peace and Innovation on that day as well.

Reconciliation Concerts 2017:

September 9th, 2017 performances will be recognized by the Global Citizenship Education Network as official 2017 Reconciliation Concerts:

Vietnamese Cheo Theatre, Quan Am Thi Kinh, Cheo Theatre

Cellist Tamas Varga, Vienna Symphony Orchestra, and Ambassador of the Global Citizenship Education Network, Tokyo.

Violinist Hyung Joon Won, Artistic Director of the Lindenbaum Festival Ensemble, Seoul.

World Reconciliation Day Council Members are:

Governor Michael Dukakis

Professor Marcello Suarez-Orozco

Professor Carlos Alberto Torres

Professor Joseph Nye

Nguyen Anh Tuan

Professor Thomas Patterson

Professor David Silsberweig

Professor John Quelch

Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki

Professor Koichi Hamada

 

About The Boston Global Forum

Established in 2012, The Boston Global Forum brings together, in an open and accessible public forum, an eclectic and engaging spectrum of highly regarded academic leaders, real-world experts, influential thoughts leaders, media experts and promising young leaders.

BGF’s immediate goal is to identify emerging threats to peace and stability around the globe, suggest realistic solutions, and identify possible actions that can be taken to avert armed conflict. The Forum’s ultimate goal is to lessen tensions, promote peace and security, and foster conditions that lead to greater social justice and broader economic prosperity wherever they are most needed.

Information Warfare Versus Soft Power

By Professor Joseph S. Nye, Member of BGF’s Board of Thinkers.

CAMBRIDGE – Russia’s interference in the 2016 US presidential election, and its suspected hacking of French President Emmanuel Macron’s campaign servers, should surprise no one, given President Vladimir Putin’s (mis)understanding of soft power. Before his re-election in 2012, Putin told a Moscow newspaper that “soft power is a complex of tools and methods to achieve foreign policy goals without the use of force, through information and other means of influence.”

From the Kremlin’s perspective, color revolutions in neighboring countries and the Arab Spring uprisings were examples of the United States using soft power as a new form of hybrid warfare. The concept of soft power was incorporated into Russia’s 2013 Foreign Policy Concept, and in March 2016, Russian Chief of General Staff Valery Gerasimov stated that responding to such foreign threats “using conventional troops is impossible; they can be counteracted only with the same hybrid methods.”

What is soft power? Some think it means any action other than military force, but this is wrong. Soft power is the ability to get what you want through attraction and persuasion rather than threats of coercion or offers of payment.

Read the full article here

 

Today’s News…Who Do You Trust?

Today’s News…Who Do You Trust?

By Kirk Hazlett, APR, Fellow PRSA

It’s frustrating enough these days to keep tabs on world events, and an emerging challenge has added a new dimension to that frustration…what is the origin of the news and information that you get from traditional as well as online sources?

Communication experts from around the world gathered recently in Cambridge, Mass., to share thoughts, experiences, and best practices in combatting cyber-attacks and (often closely related) “fake news” as part of the Boston Global ForumG7 Summit Initiative Conference.

Following an introduction by former Massachusetts Governor and Chairman of Boston Global Forum Michael Dukakis, Nicola De Santis, Consul General of Italy in Boston, set the background for the morning’s discussions by noting, “We are laying the groundwork today to address the challenges of today’s societies.” De Santis went on to say that proceedings of the symposium will be presented for inclusion at the 43rd G7 Summit in Taormina, Italy.

As a veteran public relations professional now teaching the next generation(s) of PR pros, I found myself fascinated by…and concerned about…the channels through which often unsuspecting citizens receive what they believe to be news and information. More to the point, I found myself wondering how I and my colleagues, both professional and academic, can best prepare these future communicators to determine what is “fact” and what is “hacked.”

As the morning progressed, it became abundantly clear that the burden of proof lies squarely on the shoulders of the consumer. No longer can we rely solely on the traditional “gatekeepers” whose responsibility it is to ensure that what is being communicated to their audiences is verifiable and valid. The term “citizen journalist” has evolved as social media has become the dominant means of relaying news and information, and that “journalist” more often than not relies on his or her own “sources” for that news.

Canadian professor/philosopher Marshall McLuhan famously said, “The medium is the message.” But, as is becoming more and more apparent, that medium can also be manipulated. Symposium participant Trey Herr, Cybersecurity Fellow at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, summed the dilemma up by saying, “The bigger piece of the puzzle is how do I trust the system that I am using?”

Therein lies the greater challenge for current…and more importantly…for future communicators. As cyber warfare escalates from individual computer system hackers who, for varied reasons, choose to manipulate information, to governments, how does one verify both the information itself and the source of that information?

According to Mikko Hypponen, Chief Research Officer for Finnish cyber security and privacy company F-Secure, while criminal hackers are the largest in sheer numbers, government hackers “are much more serious. Although they are not so big in numbers, they have the capabilities and the resources [not available to individual criminal hackers].”

Once again the question bubbles up in my mind, “How to differentiate between fact and fiction if one’s own government is manipulating the information that is being communicated to its all-too-trusting citizens? And how do I, as an educator, help my students understand that erring on the side of caution must become second-nature to them as they pursue their career as communicators? How to recognize ‘fake news’?”

The phrase “fake news” has rapidly become as commonplace today as “rock-and-roll” was for my generation. As pointed out by Harvard University’s Global Citizenship Education Network Professor Thomas Patterson, “During the recent political campaign, fake news topped mainstream news in believability by the public.” And that “success” has been achieved through such tried and proven motivational techniques as repetition of message and reinforcement of beliefs.

As a former member of the Public Relations Society of America’s Board of Ethics and Professional Standards, I was encouraged that the matter of ethics in communication was raised as part of the “fake new” discussion. In particular, the responsibility of institutions of higher education to implement fact-checking mechanisms and initiatives into their curriculum to instill in future communicators as well as business leaders the importance of honest and open communication as part and parcel of a democratic society.

My personal and reassuring take-away from the Boston Global Forum-G7 Summit Initiative Conference was that there is a recognition that cyber warfare is a serious threat to the ability of citizens of any country to remain educated and informed about events of significance to their own existence and that of generations to come, with fake news rapidly becoming a serious threat to that awareness.

My challenge, as an educator, is to help my students understand the role that they will play as communicators.

Ivy Ledbetter Lee, arguably the “Father of Ethical Public Relations,” said it best in his “Declaration of Principles” in 1906: “In brief, our plan is frankly, and openly, on behalf of business concerns and public institutions, to supply the press and public of the United States prompt and accurate information concerning subjects which it is of value and interest to the public to know about.”

Kirk Hazlett, APR, Fellow PRSA, is Assistant Professor of Communication/Public Relations at Curry College in Milton, MA

The New York Times: Intelligence Officials Warn of Continued Russia Cyberthreats

Mike Pompeo, the C.I.A. director, left, and Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence, spoke on Thursday during a hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

WASHINGTON — On the same day that President Trump went on Twitter to renew his claim that the focus on Russian hacking was “a Democrat EXCUSE for losing the election,” his two top intelligence officials told the Senate on Thursday that Russian cyberactivities were the foremost threat facing the United States and were likely to grow only more severe.

The officials delivered the warning as the nation’s intelligence agencies released their annual worldwide threat assessment, which described the Kremlin’s “aggressive cyberposture,” evidenced by “Russia’s efforts to influence the 2016 U.S. election.”

Dan Coats, Mr. Trump’s director of national intelligence, repeated and endorsed, almost word for word, the Obama administration’s conclusion that “only Russia’s senior-most officials could have authorized the 2016 U.S. election-focused data thefts and disclosures, based on the scope and sensitivity of the targets.”

That conclusion is widely shared among Mr. Trump’s top national security officials. The only prominent dissenter appears to be the president himself, who has continued to insist that there is no conclusive evidence pinning the cyberactivity on the Russians, though he said in an interview with NBC News, “If Russia did anything, I want to know that.”

Only a few hours after the officials’ testimony, the White House said the dismissal on Tuesday of the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, should help the bureau’s investigation of the Russian hacking come to a speedy conclusion. The intelligence officials, by contrast, said the inquiries into the matter must delve deeply into the question of how to prevent future attacks.

Mike Pompeo, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, told the Senate Intelligence Committee that the Russians and others would try to meddle again in future elections and added, “I hope we learn from it as well and will be able to more effectively defeat it.”

Read full article here

This situation make us think about the BGF-G7 Summit Initiative – Taormina Plan.
We should make the Taormina Plan happen

BGF-G7 Summit Initiative of 2017

Starting from 2016, Boston Global Forum will cooperate with host countries of G7 Summit to convene the world leading scholars, influential business leaders and young leaders, and government leaders of host countries to discuss and generate initiatives and solutions to the most global pressing issues concerning peace, security and development.

Initiatives will be sent to G7 leaders in G7 Summit


Download Brochure of The BGF-G7 Summit Initiative

The BGF-G7 Summit Initiative (BG7SI) is dedicated to advancing the collaboration between the BGF and G7 in addressing global issues.

The BGF-G7 Summit Initiative Delegations

In 2016, The BGF was cooperating with Japan – as the G7 Summit’s host, to convene leaders in academic business , government and technology to seek solutions to this year’s biggest problems. Proposals was sent to national leaders at the G7 Summit, held in Japan – May 26-27, 2016

In the year of 2017, BGF continues to host the BGF-G7 Summit Initiative Conference on April 25,2017 and has successfully delivered The Taormina Plan as BGF-G7 Initiative. Proposals will sent to national leaders at the G7 Summit, to be held in Italy – May 26–27, 2017.

ETHICS CODE OF CONDUCT FOR CYBER PEACE AND SECURITY (ECCC) VERSION 3.0

THE ETHICS CODE OF CONDUCT FOR CYBER PEACE AND SECURITY (ECCC)

Version 3.0

Governor Michael Dukakis, Mr. Nguyen Anh Tuan, Mr. Allan Cytryn, Prof. Nazli Choucri, Prof. Thomas Patterson, Prof. Derek Reveron, Prof. John E. Savage, Prof. John Quelch, Prof. Carlos Torres.

The Boston Global Forum’s Ethics Code of Conduct for Cyber Peace and Security (ECCC) makes the following recommendations for maintaining the security, stability and integrity of cyberspace.

Net Citizens Should

• Engage in responsible behavior on the Internet, e.g.

o Conduct oneself online with the same thoughtfulness, consideration and respect for others that you expect from them, both online and offline

o Do not visit suspicious websites

o Do not share news or content from sources that are not trustworthy

• Learn and apply security best practices, e.g.

o Update software when notified by vendors.

o Ensure your PC has virus protection software installed and running.

o Use strong passwords, change them periodically, and do not share them.

o Do not transmit personally identifiable information to unknown sites.

o Maintain a healthy suspicion of email from unknown sources.

o For web communication use HTTPS instead of HTTP when possible.

Policy Makers Should

• Endorse and implement recommendations made by the 2015 UN Group of (G20). Below we summarize the important norms concerning information and communication technologies (ICTs).

1. [GGE] International law, including the UN Charter, applies online.

2. [GGE] States should help limit harmful uses of ICTs, especially those that threaten international peace and security.

3. [GGE] States should recognize that good attribution in cyberspace is difficult to obtain, which means miscalculation in response to cyber incidents is possible.

4. [GGE] States should not knowingly allow their territory to be used for malicious ICT activity.

5. [GGE] States should assist other states victimized by an ICT attack.

6. [GGE] States, in managing ICT activities, should respect the Human Rights Council and UN General Assembly resolutions on privacy and freedom of expression.

7. [GGE] States should protect their critical infrastructure from ICT threats.

8. [GGE] A state should not conduct or permit ICT use that damages the critical infrastructure of another state or impairs its operations.

9. [GGE] States should work to ensure the integrity of the supply chain so as to maintain confidence in the security of ICT products.

10. [GGE] States should prevent the proliferation of malicious ICT tools and techniques and the use of harmful hidden functions.

11. [GGE] States should encourage reporting of ICT vulnerabilities and the sharing of remedies for them.

12. [GGE] States should not knowingly attempt to harm the operations of a computer emergency  response team. Nor should it use such a team for malicious international activity.

13. [G7] No state should conduct or support ICT-enabled theft of intellectual property, trade secrets or other confidential business information for commercial gain.

14. [G7] If ICT activity amounts to the use of force (an armed attack), states can invoke Article 51 of the UN Charter in response.

15. [G7] States should collaborate on research and development on security, privacy and resilience.

16. [G7] States are encouraged to join the Budapest Convention.

• States should not create nor tolerate the dissemination of fake news.

 

IT Engineers Should

• Apply best practices in the design, implementation and testing of hardware and software products so as to

o Avoid ICT vulnerabilities,

o Protect user privacy and data

• Make use of the NIST “Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity” as a guide for improving the security of critical applications.

• Should not create nor use technology to create or disseminate fake news.

Business Firms and Business Leaders Should

• Take responsibility for handling sensitive corporate data stored electronically.

• Create employment criteria to ensure that employees are qualified to design and implement products and services that meet high security standards.

• Ensure that IT engineers are kept abreast of the latest ICT security threats.

• Implement effective Cyber Resilience in your business.

• Engage in information sharing of ICT hazards, subject to reasonable safeguards, with other companies in similar businesses.

Educators, Influencers/Institutions Should

• Teach the responsibilities of net citizens described above, including fostering good behavior and avoidance of malicious activity.

• Help global citizens to acquire the critical thinking skills needed to identify and avoid fake news and discourage its dissemination.

• Ensure that IT engineers are taught the skills necessary to produce safe, reliable and secure ICT products and services.

• Educate and lead global citizens to support and implement the ECCC.

• Create honors and awards to recognize outstanding individuals who contribute greatly to a secure and safe cyberspace.

Download Ethics Code of Conduct for Cyber Peace and Security (ECCC) here

 

The BGF-G7 Summit Initiative Report

Cyber Conflict and Fake News

Proposals for Consideration at G-7 Summit, Taormina, Italy, May 26-27, 2017

The Boston Global Forum herein submits policy proposals in two areas—cyber conflict and disinformation (fake news)—for consideration at the 2017 G-7 Summit in Taormina, Italy.

Contributors to this document are Nazli Choucri, Anders Corr, Michael Dukakis, Ryan Maness, Tuan Nguyen, Thomas Patterson, Derek S. Reveron, John E. Savage, and David Silbersweig.

Download BGF-G7 Summit Initiative Report here

 

PICTURE: BGF-G7 Summit Initiative Conference on April 25

CEO Nguyen Anh Tuan introduced and invited Chairman Michael Dukakis and Consul General of Italy in Boston Nicola De Santis.

 

Governor Michael Dukakis gives the Italian Consulate General in Boston the The Taormina Plan.

 

Governor Michael Dukakis Speech

 

The Consul-General Speech

 

The Consul-General Speech

 

Speaker: Mikko Hypponen at the Conference.

 

Prof. John Savage presenting The Taormina Plan

 

Prof. Thomas Patterson Speech

 

The BGF-G7 Summit Initiative Delegations

 

The BGF-G7 Summit Initiative Delegations

 

The BGF-G7 Summit Initiative Delegations

Fake News and Preventing Cyberwar are featured discussions at The Boston Global Forum Summit on Tuesday April 25

The emergence of Fake News and threat of Cyberwar now impact

free, fair and peaceful elections in the US and elswehere

 

Cambridge Mass (April 20, 2017) — Leading cybersecurity and international media authorities will discuss coping with the rising impact of fake news and peaceful solutions to the threat of cyberwar at the upcoming Boston Global Forum-G7 Summit Initiative Conference in Cambridge.

 

8:30-11:30 AM, Tuesday, April 25

The Harvard University Faculty Club

20 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

 

Opening remarks will be delivered by: Gov. Michael Dukakis, Chairman, Boston Global Forum, followed by Nicola De Santis, Consul General  of Italy in Boston

 

Media Coverage is invited:  

For Press Credentials Contact: Dick Pirozzolo + 1 617 959 4613, [email protected] or Tuan Nguyen + 1 617 286 6589, [email protected]

 

CYBERWAR

The first Initiative of the BGF-G7 Summit Initiative on Preventing Cyberwar as Toarmina Solutions will be delivered by Prof. John Savage, Brown University; Mikko Hypponen – Chief Research Officer, F-Secure, and Trey Herr – Cybersecurity Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School.

Their presentation will be followed with a panel discussion by Prof. Derek Reveron and Prof. Thomas E. Creely, Naval War College; Prof. Nazli Choucri, MIT; Ryan Maness, Northeastern University; and Anders Corr, Principal, Corr Analytics.

 

FAKE NEWS

Coping with the spread of fake news will be addressed by Global Citizenship Education Network Professor Thomas Patterson of Harvard University; Anders Corr of Corr Analytics, and with Nguyen Anh Tuan, cofounder and CEO of The Boston Global Forum and chair of the International Advisory Committee of UNESCO in Global Learning and Global Citizenship Education at UCLA. This is the second Initiative of the BGF-G7 Summit Initiative.

Their comments will be followed by a panel discussion on the recent emergence of fake news and its impact on the democratic process with Prof. Carlos Alberto Torres, UCLA; Llewellyn King, Host, Whitehouse Chronicle and Barry Nolan, Senior Advisor, Joint Economic Committee, US Congress.

For observations on Cyberwar and Fake News visit: THE BGF-G7 SUMMIT INITIATIVE

“Escape from Saigon – a Novel”

Following the official BGF program, Dick Pirozzolo, Boston Global Forum Editorial Board Member, will deliver an informal talk and reading from: “Escape from Saigon,” a new novel set during, April of 1975—the final 30 days of the Vietnam War, coauthored with Michael Morris (Skyhorse Publishing, New York, Jan. 2017).

About The Boston Global Forum

Established in 2012, The Boston Global Forum brings together, in an open and accessible public forum, an eclectic and engaging spectrum of highly regarded academic leaders, real-world experts, influential thoughts leaders, media experts and promising young leaders.

 

BGF’s immediate goal is to identify emerging threats to peace and stability around the globe, suggest realistic solutions, and identify possible actions that can be taken to avert armed conflict. The Forum’s ultimate goal is to lessen tensions, promote peace and security, and foster conditions that lead to greater social justice and broader economic prosperity wherever they are most needed.