Upcoming Debate on Whether "The Cyber War Threat Has Been Grossly Exaggerated"

Intelligence Squared U.S. will be coming to Washington, DC on June 8, 2010 to host a live debate that will discuss the proposition that “The Cyber War Threat Has Been Grossly Exaggerated.” The event will be hosted at the Newseum and will feature Mike McConnell, former DNI and presently SVP at Booz Allen, Marc Rotenberg, executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, Bruce Schneier, a security author and John Zittrain, professor at Harvard Law School.

The four experts will face off against on another with McConnell and Zittrain arguing against the thesis and Schneier and Rotenberg arguing for it. The audience will provide questions to the panel and will also determine the winner at the end of the debate.

Robert Rosenkranz, the founder of Intelligence Squared U.S., said, “It’s the great strategic irony of the last twenty years. Our commitment to and mastery of digital technologies has in certain respects played into the hands of our enemies. Our cyber sophistication has made us vulnerable to those who look to exploit the Internet to plan for and attack America. Might we need to sacrifice openness to protect America? This and other critical questions will be considered during our debate in Washington.”

The event has received corporate underwriting from Neustar, Inc.

“It is heartening to see that the challenges and threats in the cyber security arena are now in everyday discussion and that a public debate can garner such wide interest,” said Jeff Ganek, CEO of Neustar. “We are proud to sponsor Intelligence Squared U.S. in Washington, DC – and a debate on this topic in particular – because it offers a civil and smart forum to consider one of the most critical issues of our day.”

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