The influential author of Click Here to Kill Everybody will discuss “Trust, Privacy and The Future” at Craiglockhart campus. A fellow of Harvard Law School, the American author has written a series of critically acclaimed books, essays, blogs and academic papers on cybersecurity, privacy and cryptography.
Commenting on the announcement, Professor Bill Buchanan OBE said: “The main reason I teach and research cybersecurity is because of Bruce. I read his book on privacy and he showed me that a new world was evolving, and that world was based on cryptography – which is now my main subject focus.
“Bruce also outlined that trust was one of the first things that allowed us to build our societies, but that is now failing in an information age, where we can trust very little within digital spaces.”
Professor Buchanan added: “His conclusions are that we must build new worlds of digital trust. This motivates virtually every part of our work within our Blockpass Identity Lab.”
Basil Manoussos, Manager of the Cyber Academy, said: “Our trust in our digital world needs to be improved, and we are happy to invite Bruce to Edinburgh in order to support future debate around areas such as trust, identity and the future of the internet.”
Schneier won’t the only influential industry figure speaking at Napier University on the 19th. Later on the same day, the university will host bitcoin and blockchain expert Andreas Antonopoulos, who will discuss the future of programmable money.
The critically-acclaimed author and speaker will explain the technology in human terms; combining economics, psychology and theory with current events, personal anecdotes and historical precedents.
Born in London and raised in Athens, Antonopoulos is a frequent speaker at technology and security conferences worldwide. He has also advised a host of Fortune 500 company executives on networking, security, data centres and cloud computing.
Details of the event and how to book a place can be found here.