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[ONLINE WEBINAR] CCRC/KGRI2040/JST Joint Event: The Change of Media and Democracy in the Digital Society

*日本語の記事はこちら Co-hosted by: - KGRI Research Project Keio 2040, Keio University - Cyber Civilization Research Center (CCRC), Keio University - Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) Social networks and online news platforms have become one of the primary media to access and share information. Those platforms adopt the “Attention Economy” business model, which publishes content only users pay attention to. It is being criticized for leading to the emerging political tribalism, as it reinforces users’ views and makes other opinions ever more alien. This symposium will discuss the change of media and how it affects the concept of democracy in the digital society and examine the actual possibility of democracy and how it could be sustained. REGISTER NOW Event information *This event is changed to ONLINE FORMAT in response to the outbreak of COVID-19. Please visit this event page for the latest updates. Date & Time: December 20, 2021 | 21:00-23:00 JST (7:00-9:00 EST) Venue: ZOOM Webinar Fee: Free Registration: (Closes on Dec 15) (Zoom details will be distributed to the registered participants prior to the event) *Simultaneous Translation will be provided Program Opening Remarks by Kohei Itoh (President of Keio University) Keynote Speech by Lawrence Lessig, Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership, Harvard Law School Keynote Speech by Yusuke Narita, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Yale University Panel Discussion Moderator: Jiro Kokuryo, Professor, Faculty of Policy Studies/Program Supervisor, JST-RISTEX Research Area “Human Information Technology Ecosystem” - Commentary: Tatsuya Kurosaka, Project Associate Professor, Faculty of Media and Governance Tatsuhiko Yamamoto, Professor, Law School & Deputy Director, KGRI Hiroshi Nakagawa, RIKEN/Representative, JST-RISTEX Research Area “Human Information Technology Ecosystem” - Discussion Closing Remarks by David Farber (Co-Director, CCRC & Distinguished Professor) Emcee: Haluna Kawashima, Project Associate Professor, KGRI Enquiry Keio Global Research Institute (KGRI), Keio University Research Project Keio 2040 Email: kgri-2040pj[at] Please replace [at] to @ in the email address.

Keio CCRC-Columbia SIPA Cyber Dialogue: Human Element of Cyber Crisis

As part of the Keio University's 11th International Cybersecurity Symposium, Keio CCRC-Columbia SIPA Cyber Dialogue will host its October dialogue session themed on Human Element of Cyber Crisis on Friday, October 29, 8:45-9:30 EDT / 21:45-22:30 JST. At this session, the speakers will offer perspectives on national cyber response and resilience. Dr. Rattray will cover on-the-ground lessons that the US government and the private sector can use to enhance cyber readiness through operational collaboration to protect the nation. Mr. Saka will cover the initiatives at work and lessons learned from protecting the cyber sovereignty of the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. Mr. Krebs will cover the role of CISA in the U.S.’s efforts to stem the tide of proliferating cyber attacks seen in recent years and particularly in the area of election security. Register to the International Cybersecurity Symposium: Moderator: ● Jun Murai, Distinguished Professor & Co-Director, Cyber Civilization Research Center, Keio University Speakers: ● Akira Saka, Chief Information Security Officer, The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games ● Chris Krebs, Former Director, Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) ● Greg Rattray, Senior Research Professor, Columbia SIPA Commentator: ● David Farber, Distinguished Professor & Co-Director, Cyber Civilization Research Center, Keio University About Keio University's 11th International Cybersecurity Symposium Keio University's 11th International Cybersecurity Symposium will focus on the theme of “From Digital Social Security to Digital National Security: Trust to Accomplish Safety and Security”. Topics discussed during the symposium will cover the reality that no one nation nor one company can deal with global challenges. To address these multi-stakeholder issues in cyber, like-minded and trusted government- industry-academia leaders will need to collaborate together for digital trust from social security level to national security level. More information: About Keio CCRC-Columbia SIPA Cyber Dialogue The Dialogue holds monthly series of bilateral perspectives in which Dialogue members convene to explore policy options, discuss provocative topics, and cultivate working relationships among themselves across the Dialogue’s four interest areas. This session, hosted by Keio University, will focus on the Dialogue’s interest area of the Human Element of Cyber Crisis. More information:

11th International Cybersecurity Symposium “From Digital Social Security to Digital National Security:  Creating trust to accomplish safety and security”

11th International Cybersecurity Symposium “From Digital Social Security to Digital National Security: Creating trust to accomplish safety and security”

*日本語の記事はこちら We invite you to join us for the 11th International Cybersecurity Symposium at Keio University.  We have been pleased to grow our understanding of international cybersecurity with you through the past symposiums, even virtually during the current pandemic. Despite the continuing challenges of COVID-19 over the past year and a half, we continue our exploration of international cybersecurity issues through our online virtual symposium where we can continue to discuss challenges to our human civilization and generate new ideas to address them. At this moment there are critical challenges and threats dealing with climate change, human created conflicts, and digital abuse in our daily lives. ★ Online registration and programs: This year our theme is: “From Digital Social Security to Digital National Security: Creating trust to accomplish safety and security.”  The symposium will discuss that no single nation nor single company can solve these global challenges alone.  To address the need for multi-stakeholder solutions in cyber, like-minded and trusted government-industry-academia leaders will come together to examine how to build digital trust from the social security level to national security level. In our symposium, we will discuss actionable proposals and concrete solutions towards global digital trust services in the social and national security context.  Our discussion themes will include Data Free Flow with Trust (DFFT), International Mutual Recognition of Trust (IMRT), the Multilateral Cybersecurity Action Committee (MCAC) proposal, Japan’s new Digital Agency, and industry best practices with technologies, including 5G, AI, Privacy, IoT. Throughout the five days of our global virtual online symposium, we will have a series of keynote speeches, panel discussions, specialized speeches and panels to provide in-depth analysis and insights into the best practices in social security and national security.  We will also discuss how to achieve trust among major countries and regions including Japan, U.S., UK, EU, Australia, and Israel, through discussion of international joint research, policy and education items shared by the INCS-CoE partners, and more. In addition to the familiar faces, we are using this virtual format to expand our global community to foster these important cybersecurity topics digitally.  Please join us for exciting discussions in our virtual atmosphere.  In order to accommodate our global online audience, here is the baseline schedule: The detailed program with timetable: Here are some highlights: ● Speeches: Jun Murai (Keio) & Satoru Tezuka (Keio), MITRE, Japanese government, Embassies from U.S., UK, Israel, EU, Australia - Global Trust Services and International Mutual Recognition; Deterrence in Cybersecurity ● Keynote Speeches & Panels (invited): VIPs from S., UK, Israel, EU, Australia, Japan, NICT, United Nations, Keidanren, etc. ● Best Practices: Featured corporate best practices Government, Company, Academia *The program may change without notice Supporters (tbc): U.S. Embassy, British Embassy, Embassy of Israel, Delegation of the European Union, Australian Embassy, Japanese government agencies, ACCJ, AFCEA, INCS-CoE universities and companies, etc. Hosts: Keio University, The MITRE Corporation Online registration and programs: Inquiry:

【CALL FOR ABSTRACTS】CCRC Conference 2022 – Towards a Cyber Civilization: Risks and Opportunities

*日本語の記事はこちら CALL FOR ABSTRACTS CCRC Conference 2022 - Towards a Cyber Civilization: Risks and Opportunities Cyber Civilization Research Center (CCRC) at Keio University Global Research Institute will hold an International Conference in Tokyo, Japan, in February 2022. The two-day hybrid event aims to provide a platform for academia, policymakers, and the private sector to share their experiences, exchange insights, and discuss the emerging trends, opportunities, and challenges of increasingly digital societies. Tentative Conference Date: February 1-2, 2022 CCRC believes that the world is in need of a fundamental review of the technological and societal architecture of systems that are currently in use. Cyberspace, for all the benefits it brings to the world, has such serious flaws that it exposes the life-supporting systems to the risk of dysfunction. Governance systems, that functioned well for the economies of the material world, are failing to address the challenges of how we might realize the potential benefits of cyberspace while protecting people from exploitation and manipulation. The world needs a set of new technological and societal system architectures that can adequately address these issues. The transition, we believe, will have to be so large as to call it the construction of a new Cyber Civilization.  CCRC aspires to provide the world with ideas that address the systems architecture that can securely protect the autonomy of the people based on the principles of check and balance among the powers that constitute the new cyber civilization, with full participation of all members of the society. CCRC calls upon researchers around the world to provide inputs on how we might design such a future world. We welcome a broad range of papers that provide insights on how we might design systems for this new civilization. We welcome both high-level discussion as well as those abstracts that address the design of the technological/social systems in specific areas. Possible topics for papers may include but are not limited to: - Architecture of the next generation networks - Future shape of economies in the digital age (e.g., future of money and markets) - Governance of data (e.g., data sharing with trust) - Competing models of tech-governance - Future of work and life - Ethics in digital societies - Geopolitics in the digital world - Health care and medical innovation in the digital age - Future of identity and self in the AI age SCHEDULE & SUBMISSION DETAILS - Abstract Submission Deadline: October 31, 2021 - Authors should mail abstracts of maximum 400 words to Please indicate the title of the paper, names, affiliations, titles and e-mail - Notifications of Acceptance: November 15, 2021 - Submission of an extended abstract (4-5 pages): December 31, 2021 - Presentation at the CCRC International Conference: February 2022 - Extended abstracts will be published as Conference Proceedings in late 2022 by Cyber Civilization Research Center. Click here to view the announcement Enquiry: Version: updated on 2021.9.7

MCAC-Japan Workshop and Launching Announcement

*日本語はこちら July 21 (Wed), 8:00 – 10:00 pm JST / 7:00 – 9:00 am US EDT Virtual Online Webinar hosted by Keio University KGRI/CCRC This Workshop will be part of international Webinar series, focusing on the actions proposed by Multilateral Cybersecurity Action Committee (MCAC). In this event, the international leaders will shed light on the collaborative and individual actions from like-minded countries and industries. For example, the known plans such as the U.S. Solarium Report and the recent American Presidential Executive Orders, the European proposals for directives on network and information systems security and the resilience of critical entities, and the creation of a Japanese Digital Agency have been in the right directions. To address new sophisticated cyber-attacks to such as Solar Winds, Microsoft Email, Colonial Pipeline, Ireland Health Care System, our urgent, sustained, concerted international actions are required. The MCAC proposals include but not limited to fundamental coordinated efforts involving public and private actions internationally. Click here to view the tentative program Register NOW

EU-Japan-U.S. International Digital Trust Workshop

*日本語の記事はこちら Hosted by Keio Cyber Security Research Center June 2 (Wednesday) – 4 (Friday), 2021 Virtual Online Workshop by Keio University, Japan This is the 4th EU-Japan-U.S. International Trust Workshop hosted by Keio Cyber Security Research Center (currently under Cyber Civilization Research Center). We organized 2 times in Tokyo and once in New York City in the past. We are continuously making progress in International Digital Trust Services and International Mutual Recognition through the virtual online workshop. In this workshop, we invited distinguished speakers and thought leaders including EU Commission/DG CONNECT, ETSI/ESI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute/Electronic Signatures and Infrastructures), Japan’s Cabinet Secretariat, JDTF (Japan Digital Trust Forum), U.S. NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) among others. Our discussion themes include international-regional-national policies, technical proof of concepts in the EU-Japan, DFFT, IMRT for potential implementations for bilateral to multilateral schemes. For timetable and more details, please visit:  

[Video Available] 50 Years of the Distributed Computing System (DCS)

日本語の記事はこちら This year is the 50th anniversary of the Distributed Computing System or DCS, a novel architecture in the time of 1970s. It was initially led by Dr. David Farber and the pioneering researchers at the University of California Irvine, including Dr. Paul Mockapetris and Dr. Lawrence Rowe. The aim of the project was to replace the large expensive computers with a number of small minicomputers, allowing more efficient and cost-effective computing as well as realizing a fault-tolerance and reliable network architecture. The technology is still relevant today and led to the development of operating systems, networking, and cloud computing. The first half of the talk explains the initial motivation (1970) and the consequence (1978) of the project. The second part is a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Rodney Van Meter. We focus on the implications of the DCS project and possibly highlight the prospects of distributed computing. Click here to view the chat archive Click here to view the extract from the Business Week in July 1973 (Credit to Bloomberg Businessweek, and special thanks to Stevens Institute of Technology for sharing the copy) Click here to view the past papers on DCS This event is supported by Keio University Cyber Civilization Research Center (CCRC). Date: Friday, May 21, 9:00 - 10:00 (JST) Thursday, May 20 , 20:00-21:00 (EDT) Agenda: Introduction – Dr. David Farber Original goals / Achievement – Dr. Paul Mockapetris Early days Prototypes – Dr. Lawrence Rowe Panel Discussion (the implications of DCS) – moderated by Dr. Rodney Van Meter Short bio for speakers: Dr. David Farber Dr. Farber is known for his major contributions in computer networking and has held esteemed positions at Carnegie-Mellon University and the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently a Distinguished Professor at Keio University and Co-Director of its Cyber Civilization Research Center. He is a Fellow of IEEE, ACM, and AAAS. Dr. Paul Mockapetris Dr. Mockapetris is known for his invention of the Domain Name System (DNS) and has been contributed to the evolution of the Internet both in research and industry. He served as a program manager for networking at ARPA and led several positions in networking start-ups. He received his Ph.D. in Information and Computer Science from the University of California, Irvine, in 1982. He is a Fellow of IEEE and ACM. Dr. Lawrence Rowe Dr. Rowe is an Emeritus Professor at Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of California, Berkeley. He has contributed to the development of streaming media software, as the founding director of Berkeley Multimedia Research Center (BMRC). He received his Ph.D. in Information and Computer Science from the University of California, Irvine, in 1976. He is a Fellow of ACM. Dr. Rodney Van Meter Dr. Van Meter is a Professor of Environment and Information Studies at Keio University.  He is the Vice Center Chair of Keio's Quantum Computing Center, co-chair of the Quantum Internet Research Group, and a leader of the Quantum Internet Task Force. He is a member of AAAS, ACM, APS, and IEEE.

CCRC Research Seminar: Introduction to Probabilistic Computing

#日本語の記事はこちら Spring 2021: Research Seminar on an Introduction to Probabilistic Computing Organized by Keio University Cyber Civilization Research Center, MIT Probabilistic Computing Project Date: 4 weekly online sessions on Tuesday from May 18th to June 8th Time: 9:00 - 10:30 (JST) Language: English Registration Fee: Free Eligibility: Some familiarity with either machine learning, statistics, probability, or AI. Registration: Complete the Peatix Registration form Registration Deadline: May 13, 11:50 PM (JST) Overview: Probabilistic computing proposes a new unifying artificial intelligence (AI) paradigm that combines the best of generative modeling and probabilistic inference with symbolic programming and neural networks. Example applications include automated data modeling, knowledge-based data cleaning, and common-sense 3D scene understanding. The seminar will survey example applications, and introduce the fundamental ideas they are based on, including core concepts such as generative programs, inference programs, and generative meta-programs that learn generative programs from data. There will be some hands-on exploration of these techniques. Syllabus: May 18: Overview of probabilistic computing May 25: Bayesian data cleaning June 1: Learning generative programs from data June 8: Interactive problem session on automated data modeling Remarks: The seminar will be held online through Zoom. The Zoom link will be distributed to participants later via email. No official credit will be awarded by taking this seminar. *Should you have any questions, please contact TA: Taro Tsuchiya (taro.f.tsuchiya<at> Lecturer: Dr. Cameron Freer Dr. Freer’s research uses techniques from theoretical computer science, programming languages, and probability to understand the underlying principles of how randomness affects computing, and to explore its implications for building more effective computational systems. His current research focuses on the foundations of probabilistic computing, efficient samplers and testing methods for probabilistic inference, and the mathematics of random structures. Freer is currently a Research Scientist in the MIT Probabilistic Computing Project. Previously he has held postdoctoral roles in MIT’s Department of Mathematics, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, and Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, and at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Freer has also been a Lyric Labs Visiting Fellow at Analog Devices, a Research Scientist at Gamalon Labs, and Chief Scientist at Remine. He received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Harvard University in 2008. About the MIT Probabilistic Computing Project We aim to improve our ability to engineer artificial intelligence, reverse-engineer natural intelligence, and deploy applications that increase our collective intelligence and well-being. Our work integrates probabilistic inference, generative models, and Monte Carlo methods into the building blocks of software, hardware, and other computational systems. For example, we have developed high-level probabilistic programming languages, automated Bayesian data modeling systems, Bayesian inverse graphics approaches to 3D computer vision, and near-optimal algorithms, circuits, and hardware architectures for Monte Carlo. We test our results by collaborating with domain experts on practical applications. In addition to core academic research and teaching, we mentor engineers and entrepreneurs, develop open source software, and lead hands-on AI workshops for the industry. These activities have led to: VC-backed startups acquired by Salesforce (2012) and Tableau (2018), the founding in 2020 of Common Sense Machines, and a new Intel Center for Probabilistic Computing. We also carry out joint development and field testing with partners from both the public and private sectors.


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