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Back in 2015, I had the opportunity to meet with Malcolm Turnbull (who was then Minister for Communications and later the 29th Prime Minister of Australia) and Lucy Turnbull AO (Lord Mayor of Sydney from 2003 to 2004 — the first woman to hold the position) while on an fellowship to Australia.

I really enjoyed meeting them and we stayed in touch over the years.

This is why it was an honor and a privilege to collaborate with Michael Krigsman of CxOTalk in an in-depth discussion with Malcolm and Lucy on the topic of Disruptive Innovation and Social Impact. We…


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Back in 2019, Michael Krigsman and I did a series of CxOTalk videos on the topics of dis- and misinformation in a world increasing filled with bots, algorithms that steer individuals into echo chambers that match their existing biases, and the challenges of overcoming confirmation biases.

These included: Disinformation, Cognitive Security, and Influence with Sara-Jayne Terp and Pablo Breuer on the topics of fighting disinformation (and misinformation) attacks has become a crucial part of information security and Using Data Science to Detect Disinformation with Brett Horvath of Guardians.ai focused on how disinformation presents numerous challenges to business and society. …


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The Atlantic Council GeoTech Center launched right before COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic.

Since then, the Center has focused on how tech and data can both improve crisis response and help with the long-term recovery around the world. True to the mission of “good tech choices,” the data-driven analyses and informative virtual roundtables hosted by the GeoTech Center focus on championing positive paths forward.

Specifically, on 11 March 2020 the Atlantic Council GeoTech Center officially launched with the focused mission of: Championing positive paths forward that nations, economies, and societies can pursue to ensure new technologies and data empower…


This post is a joint collaboration. Bob Manning is a resident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council and co-author of this post alongside Dr. David Bray, the Director of the Atlantic Council’s GeoTech Center.

“The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” — quote ascribed to Alan Kay

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The United States’ innovative edge has been ebbing for several years now. In total yearly research and development (R&D) spending for 2018 (the most recently tallied year), the United States still narrowly led China at $582 billion to $554 billion. However, there are vast differences in growth: China’s R&D…


This post is a joint collaboration. James Schmeling is the President and CEO of the National Defense University Foundation and guest co-author of this post along side Dr. David Bray, the Director of the Atlantic Council’s GeoTech Center. A video of this discussion is available at the National Defense University’s website and is embedded into this post after the Introduction and first section on “A new imperative and a new hope”.

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Introduction

Open societies are at a series of crossroads requiring intentional choices for the decade ahead. These choices are forced by new technologies, improvements in data capabilities, and changes in…


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On 16 April 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. penned his famous “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” noting “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere… We are caught in an escapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever effects one directly, affects all indirectly.

He wrote this eloquent letter in difficult circumstances, noting “I can assure you that it would have been much shorter if I had been writing from a comfortable desk, but what else can one do when he is alone in a narrow jail cell, other than write long letters…” and in his…


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The Global Food System is subject to a wide variety of influences, constraints, and potential shocks with resulting effects that are sudden and of global extent.

The world recently has experienced large-scale collapse of bread-basket food sources, multiple areas of humanitarian crises, price spikes causing rapid destabilization of national governments, and, with the COVID-19 pandemic, global food supply chain disruptions and food shortages throughout the world.

Despite the current COVID-19 turbulence, we can get through this together. Here is how:

First, to assuredly meet the needs of all people, we must limit the occurrence and severity of disruptions to the Global Food System. Important vulnerability drivers include public and private food policies, financial shocks…


To build a better world, we need education plus empathy that leads to engagement.

On April 22, 2020 — Vint Cerf, Sue Gordon, Melissa Flagg, Terry Halvorsen shared perspectives on “Pandemic geopolitics and recovery post-COVID” as part of a live video discussion moderated by David Bray, PhD, Atlantic Council GeoTech Center Director on the role of tech, data, and leadership in the global response to and recovery from COVID-19.

This 1-hour live discussion included what tech innovators and world leaders can do regarding the long-term global recovery — with great insights from this august panel of experts that both amplify and inform the mission of the GeoTech Center amid this period of global turbulence.


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Back in 2013 and again in 2016, a proposal informed by the anthrax events of 2001, West Nile Virus in 2002, and both Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and a outbreak of monkeypox in the United States in 2003 was shared with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The proposal at the time was something seen as a safeguard against a “low probability, high consequence” event — a natural or human-caused pandemic.

The solution was a series of proposals centered around the concept of building an “immune system for the planet” that could detect a novel pathogen in the…


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The Greeks had an ancient myth of Cassandra, was one of the princesses of Troy, who had the ability to foresee the future. Cassandra foresaw the destruction of Troy by the Greeks. When she warned about the Trojan horse, no one in Troy believed her and the horse was admitted in the city, with known results for Troy. French Philosopher Gaston Bachelard later coined the term “Cassandra syndrome” for valid concerns of the future that most individuals don’t believe at the time.

I had a similar experience back in 2012, I had an email exchange with two well-recognized Silicon Valley…

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