In Philip K. Dick’s 1956 “The Minority Report,” murder was eradicated due to the “Pre-Crime Division,” which anticipated and prevented crime before it happened. Sixty years later, elements of pre-crime cybersecurity technology are already in place. But how do we toe the line between safety and Big Brother? This panel will discuss the history of predictive analytics, privacy implications of monitoring and how AI/machine learning will shape society in the future. 

#PreCrimePanel

Moderator:
Joe Brown, Editor in Chief of Popular Science

Panelists:
Dr. Richard Ford, Chief Scientist at Forcepoint
Jennifer Lynch, Senior Staff Attorney, Civil Liberties at EFF
David Brin, Scientist, Futurist and Author

Dr Richard Ford, Forcepoint Chief Scientist

Dr. Richard Ford

Chief Scientist

Ford has over 25 years’ experience in computer security, having worked with both offensive and defensive technology solutions. During his career, Ford has held positions with Virus Bulletin, IBM Research, Command Software Systems, and NTT Verio. In addition to work in the private sector, he has also worked in academia, having held an endowed chair in Computer Security, and worked as Head of the Computer Sciences and Cybersecurity Department at the Florida Institute of Technology. Under his leadership, the University was designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity Research by the DHS and NSA. He has published numerous papers and holds several patents in the security area.

Ford holds a Bachelor’s, Master’s and D.Phil. in Physics from the University of Oxford. In addition to his work, he is an accomplished jazz flutist and Instrument Rated Pilot.