Mark Collins – Talk at Ottawa, Sept. 13: “China’s Rising Cyber Power: Assessing the Implications”

An e-mail received from SecDev:

The Canadian International Council (CIC [website here]) National Capital Branch, Canadian Association for Security and Intelligence Studies (CASIS [see end of the post]) and the SecDev Foundation present:

China’s Rising Cyber Power: Assessing the Implications
Tuesday, September 13th

China’s emergence as a major global power is reshaping the cyber domain. The country has the world’s largest internet-user community, a growing economic footprint and increasingly capable military and intelligence services. Harnessing these assets, it is pursuing a patient, assertive foreign policy informed by a growing knowledge of how information and communications technologies are governed and deployed. This policy is likely to have a significant impact, with potentially adverse implications for a global order that has been shaped by Western liberal democracies.

Nigel Inkster will discuss the evolution of China’s cyber power in the wider context of that country’s struggle to achieve modernity and considers the global strategic implications of this new-found power.

Inkster is Director of Future Conflict and Cyber Security at the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) where his research portfolio includes transnational terrorism, insurgency, transnational organised crime, cyber security, intelligence and security and the evolving character of conflict. He is also engaged in a variety of para-diplomatic activities on behalf of the UK government including leading a Sino-UK Track 1.5 Cyber Security Dialogue. He is one of the authors of an IISS Strategic Dossier on the Evolution of the Cyber Domain published in 2015, has written a chapter on The Chinese Intelligence Agencies: Evolution and Empowerment in Cyberspace in China and Cyber Security (Oxford University Press 2015) and is the author of an IISS Adelphi book entitled China’s Cyber Power, published in June 2016 by Routledge. Prior to joining IISS, Nigel Inkster served for 31 years in the British Secret intelligence Service (SIS). He had postings in Asia, Latin America and Europe and worked extensively on transnational security issues. He was on the Board of SIS (commonly known as MI6) for seven years, the last two as Assistant Chief and Director for Operations and Intelligence. He is the former Chairman of the World Economic Forum’s Committee on Terrorism and a current member of the WEF Council on Cyber Security.

The talk will draw on Nigel’s recently published book: China’s Cyber Power, copies of which will be available at the event.

This event is supported by the CIC National Capital Branch Intelligence Futures Working Group, and the SecDev Foundation.

Event Information

Date and Time:
Tuesday, September 13, 2016

17:30: Registration, reception and cash bar
18:15: Presentation, discussion
19:30: Dinner (optional)

Rideau room, Sheraton Hotel, 150 Albert Street, Ottawa

Tickets and Registration:
A list of ticket prices and registration can be found here or contact the event administrator by e-mail at or telephone 613-903-4011.

Please notify us in advance of any special dietary requirements.

Deadline for registration and cancellation is noon on Sunday, September 11, 2016.

Buy Your Tickets Now

Very related on CASIS:

Canadian Association for Security and Intelligence Studies: Cyber Symposium, Ottawa, Sept. 23

Cyber, cyber everywhere.

Mark Collins, a prolific Ottawa blogger, is a Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute; he tweets @Mark3Ds


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