2017 Security and Critical Infrastructure Teleconference with Robert McCreight Recap

On January 24, 2017, The Center for Policy on Emerging Technologies held our first 2017 Security and Critical Infrastructure Teleconference: Innovation for Infrastructure Resilience featuring Dr. Robert McCreight, C-PET Senior Fellow, Senior Consultant with Global Concepts & Communications, LLC, and author among other titles of An Introduction to Emergency Exercise Design and Evaluation. What follows is a lightly-edited transcript of the teleconference, and should not be quoted without confirmation from the relevant participant.

Innovation for Infrastructure Resilience:

Conversation with Dr. Nigel Cameron and Dr. Robert McCreight

Nigel Cameron Introduction:

Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen, it is my pleasure to welcome you to this conference this afternoon...

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Upcoming C-PET Events

The incoming administration has placed considerable emphasis on infrastructure renewal and development.

So this is a timely opportunity to address crucial issues of security and resilience.

Our 2017 series on Security and Critical Infrastructure opens with our Senior Fellow Robert McCreight, author of the standard text An Introduction to Emergency Exercise Design and Evaluation, leading a teleconference, accessible worldwide, on Innovation for Infrastructure Resilience. It’s scheduled for January 24 at 2.00 p.m. eastern time. You are invited to join us.

Next up: Senior Fellows Daniel Caprio and Jody Westby on Securing the Internet of Things: Critical Infrastructure and Cybersecurity. February 23 at 2.00 p.m. eastern.

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Contributing to our Global and Local Societies by Vint Cerf

Members of our network may recall that Senior Fellow Dr. Nagy Hanna was a founding member of the secretariat for the People-Centered Internet project, chaired by internet founder-visionary and Google evangelist Vint Cerf.

We are pleased to share this recent commentary from Vint Cerf.

Those of us with a long history of working with the Internet have been enthusiastic supporters of its continued spread, evolution and accessibility. We have been driven by a belief that it can be a strong contributor to a better society for everyone on the planet. As Shakespeare reminds us, however, humans are what they are, with their peculiar mix of strengths and frailties. We are, in some sense, the Internet or at least what we have made of it and will make of it in the future...

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Your Move, California: framing the US agenda for the 21st century

Dear C-PET,

Our very best wishes for 2017!

Enjoy my latest op-ed, which appears in today’s San Francisco Chronicle. Please send your comments to the Chronicle (link below).

Your move, California: framing the US agenda for the 21st century

By Nigel M. de S. Cameron

When Gov. Jerry Brown hit the headlines with “California will launch its own damn satellite,” he struck more gold than he may have realized. Now ranked the world’s sixth-largest economy, the Golden State is uniquely placed to offer much broader leadership than simple push-back against the incoming administration’s take on climate science.

What’s more, it will be a shame if mere anti-Trump partisanship overshadows a larger opportunity. America desperately needs future-minded leadership...

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Upcoming C-PET Event: Connected Cars 2017

We are delighted to invite you to Connected Cars 2017.

Join us in Washington, DC on February 16, 2017 for the definitive event that brings together industry and policymakers to address revolutionary developments in auto technology and robotics.

As you will know, 2016 has seen dramatic applications of connected/self-driving technology on the roads both of the U.S. and Europe – with Uber deploying self-driving vehicles in Pittsburgh, and the EU’s Truck Platooning effort.

Once again we are working with Forum Global to host the conversation in Washington, and I’m looking forward to moderating a terrific event at the National Press Club. The program is coming together very nicely, and we’re delighted that FTC Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen is the latest to confirm her participation.

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Year-End Thank You

Dear C-PET,

As the year draws to a conclusion, this seems a good time to thank the intern Research Assistants who have helped power C-PET through 2016.

We have been very pleased to have four of them on the team, including Adam Turosky who has served as Managing Research Assistant and is still hard at work! You can find their bios here.

We’ll be putting out a formal Call for Interns shortly, but if you or someone you know may be interested in joining our team during 2017 feel free contact us and open the conversation. These positions, as with many in Washington, are unremunerated. We do our best to make them interesting, and focused on efforts relevant to career and other plans...

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Year-End Appeal


Independent, long-term, and in Washington



Dear C-PET,

Year-end Appeal

It’s my pleasure as well as my duty, as President and CEO of C-PET, to invite you to help us help us end this year, and start the next one, in good shape.

Not all of you, of course. Just those who find some value in our events and commentaries and presence in Washington – as an independent and long-term influence. As emerging technologies intersect with every area of our personal, family, and national life, and as we face an increasingly complex future.

Established back in 2007, C-PET was launched the following year here in DC at the National Press Club with a conference on science, technology, and the upcoming 2008 presidential election...

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Giving Tuesday

Dear C-PET

Since, according to the internet, today is Giving Tuesday, I know you won’t mind this quiet reminder that C-PET is a non-partisan 501(c)3 charity . . . .

The good news is that your gifts to us are tax-deductible. The bad news is that you need to send them. While we work very economically, using our wide network of Senior Fellows, and intern research assistants, and advisers, we still have costs. Someone needs to help us keep the lights on!

Not only are we non-partisan, but we have never taken corporate money to help lobbyists get their message out. In Washington, DC, of course, there’s a lot of money going around! But most of the moolah flowing to think tanks is either partisan, or it’s laundered lobbying cash...

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As Artificial Intelligence Gets Serious

From its beginnings nine years ago C-PET has determined to think long-term and to think seriously about the implications of emerging technologies.

We aren’t partisan either politically or in our disposition toward technology – there is no bias either “pro” or “anti” tech among our many distinguished fellows and advisers and board members. Their personal and professional convictions cover the waterfront. But what they have in common is a dual commitment – to the conviction that emerging technology impacts will be far more important to the American and global future than almost anyone in the policy world recognizes, and to the related conviction that it does us no good at all to believe naively that this will all be good news...

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2016 Presidential Election Teleconference with Gary Shapiro Recap

On July 7, 2016, The Center for Policy on Emerging Technologies held our 2016 President Election Teleconference series featuring Gary Shapiro, the President, Chief Executive Officer, and Member of the Executive Board of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA). Below is a lightly edited transcript of the teleconference and should not be quoted without approval.

Center for Policy on Emerging Technologies

Teleconference with Nigel Cameron and Gary Shapiro.

Nigel Cameron: So let me welcome others and thank you for joining us for this teleconference, by the Center for Policy on Emerging Technologies Washington DC, we are very glad you have joined us...

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