Our friends at StopBadware.org are having a conversation about Net security -- an Immune System for the Internet? -- with Vinton Cerf, Paul Mockapetris and Esther Dyson! at the Commonwealth Club on October 4. From the StopBadware blog:
StopBadware is offering an exciting opportunity for anyone in the Bay Area interested in Internet security: Join StopBadware and The Commonwealth Club the evening of Monday, October 4 in Menlo Park, CA, for a discussion on how to keep the Net safe. Three Internet pioneers—all StopBadware Board members—will lead a conversation entitled Keeping the Net Healthy: How Can We Develop an Immune System for the Internet? with opening and closing remarks by StopBadware's Executive Director, Maxim Weinstein.
Featuring: Vinton Cerf, VP and Chief Internet Evangelist, Google; one of the "fathers of the Internet" Paul Mockapetris, Chief Scientist and Chairman of the Board, Nominum; creator of the Domain Name System (DNS) Esther Dyson, Chairman EDventure Holdings; angel investor, philanthropist, and recently trained cosmonaut
Viruses, spyware, spam, phishing, zombie machines. Several years ago, we might have thought of these as just a nuisance, and their perpetrators as mostly underemployed kids. Today, cybercrime is worth billions of dollars to loosely organized networks of criminals that prey on individuals, businesses and governments with malicious or profit-seeking intent. What are some of the current threats, and how is industry responding to them? What new threats might we expect in the coming years? Is the Internet's health partly a result of misaligned incentives, where those who cause the damage don't bear its costs? How can we change that? What more should industry, government and individuals be doing to protect the network and, ultimately, ourselves?
The event begins with a networking reception at 6:15, followed by the main program at 7:00. Tickets are $30 in advance and $50 at the door. Advance tickets are available here. We hope you'll join us for what promises to be a spirited and educational discussion.