Weekly online gathering on cyber issues – IP-ASIA

Professor David Farber and Professor Dan Gillmor, Professor of Practice, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, and Mass Communication, Arizona State University, are hosting a weekly online gathering with scholars, scientists, engineers, business people, and all other stakeholders in the society, to discuss and share new ideas on various topics around cyber civilization.

We initiated this online platform in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, which we are now more connected online, beyond physical border and timezone.

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[Deadline extended] 2nd David Farber Prize for Undergraduate Student Essays: Call for Participation

6/26 Update: The deadline for submission is extended to August 31, 2020. We hope this extension would allow more students to develop high-quality contents during the summer break.


The 2nd David Farber Prize for Undergraduate Student Essay is calling for submission again!

The prize aims to encourage and stimulate discussion of various perspectives of the cyber civilization at the global level and, more importantly, to recognize and appreciate outstanding ideas from young researchers at the undergraduate level.

Best Papers will be awarded certificates and prizes of up to a total of ¥100,000. This year, we would like to call for paper on the topic:

Technology, Governance and Privacy – Are we living in 1984? 

“Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past”
– George Orwell, 1984

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Safely integrating AI into society

Dr Christopher Hobson, who is a Visiting Fellow at CCRC, has been awarded a one year grant by the Toshiba International Foundation for a research project entitled “Safely integrating AI into society”. The project will be undertaken in conjunction with the College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University, where Dr Hobson is a Senior Lecturer.

Building on previous work by Dr Hobson on technological accidents, this project will consider some of the major safety challenges posed by the further development and use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in society. Given current trends, it is clear that AI and related technologies will become much more prevalent and widely used in the short to medium term. And one of the likely consequences of COVID-19 will be the speeding up and fast-tracking of many changes that were already coming in terms of the greater use of AI, big data, and related technologies.

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US-Japan Cyber Dialogue: Enhancing Digital & Cyber Collaboration

Time: Friday, May 29, 2020 /  08:30-11:00 JST
Registration: Details for the video link to be given upon registration

Keio University Cyber Civilization Research Center and Columbia University SIPA are co-organizing another enlightening conversation on cybersecurity and digital economy issues in the context of US-Japan relations. The event features a keynote speech from Ms Nakamitsu Izumi, UN Under-Secretary-General for Disarmament Affairs.

The event will include panel discussions on each of the four areas identified for exploration by Dialogue members: Cyber Norms and Measurement, Digital Free Flow with Trust, Fostering Digital Innovation and the Human Element of Cyber Crisis Management. These discussions will form the basis for on-going Dialogue working groups in each area.

This event is part of the US-Japan Cyber Dialogue initiated by Columbia SIPA and Keio University Cyber Civilization Research Center. Through quarterly meetings and four working groups, the Dialogue explores policy options for improving US-Japan cyber cooperation and fostering digital free trade with trust. We thank the Japan Society for their generous support.

Click here to view the tentative agenda
Click here to register the live streaming

View the video dialogue between Professor Jiro Kokuryo (Keio University) and Gregory Rattray (Columbia University) for more insights

[Video updated] Professor David Farber is selected for 2020 EPIC Lifetime Achievement Award

Professor David Farber is selected to receive the 2020 EPIC Lifetime Achievement Award by Electronic Privacy Information Center. It is a tremendous honour which recognizes Professor Faber’s longtime effort in defending privacy and Internet security. Previous EPIC Lifetime Achievement Award recipients include Peter Neumann, Ron Rivest, Anita Allen, and Whitfield Diffie.

The awarding ceremony was hosted virtually on June 3 EDT with the timely theme on “Privacy in Extraordinary Times”. Peter Neumann announced the award to Professor Farber and acknowledged his enduring contribution to the development of the Internet while safeguarding the individual privacy rights. Professor Farber also called for a collective effort to continue the research work to build a safer and securer computer system to protect our fundamental rights. 

Click here to watch the ceremony

For more details, please visit: https://epic.org/june3/

Congratulations to Professor Farber!