Keynote: Talking Only to Ourselves: The Dangers of Refusing to Stop, Look and Listen

March 31, 2011 (at 9 a.m.) in Attack & Research

Nothing is harder to see than things we believe so deeply we don’t even see them. This is certainly true in the “security space,” in which our narratives are self-referential, bounded by mutual self-interest, and characterized by a heavy dose of group-think.

An analysis of deeper political and economic structures reveals those statements and beliefs in a new context, one which illuminates our mixed motivations and the interpenetration of overworlds and underworlds in our global society. This analysis will make you think twice before uncritically using the buzzwords and jargon of the profession – words like “security,” “defense,” and “cyberwar.” By the end of this presentation, simplistic distinctions between foreign and domestic and us and them will go liquid while the complexities of information security will remain … and permeate future discussions of this difficult domain.

Richard Thieme

Richard Thieme (<a href="" target="_blank"></a>) is an author and professional speaker focused on the deeper implications of technology, religion, and science for twenty-first century life. He speaks professionally about the challenges posed by new technologies and the future, how to redesign ourselves to meet these challenges, and creativity in response to radical change.