Jun 2013 Cyber Warfare Cyber Security

Our 24th forum featured the following speakers:


John M Green


John is a leading company director (QBE Insurance and Worley Parsons) and author of the recently released cyber-thriller “The Trusted”. He also writes for Business Spectator and Company Director, and is a member of the Australian Government’s Takeover Panel. John is co-founder of Pantera Press, recently short-listed as Small Publisher of the Year 2013. He was previously an executive director at Macquarie Bank.

Writing in the Australian Financial Review, Paul Smith noted that Mr. Green’s research has convinced him that while cyber threats can be reduced they will never be beaten and that John also opposes a new law that security agencies say will help them fight terrorists using the internet. John is co-founder of book publisher, Pantera Press. John is a company director and the author of the recently published cyber-thriller “The Trusted”.

Professor Alan Dupont

Alan Dupont is Professor of International Security at the University of New South Wales and a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Lowy Institute for International Policy. He was previously the foundation Michael Hintze Professor of International Security at the University of Sydney and CEO of the US Studies Centre. Professor Dupont holds a PhD in International Relations from the Australian National University and is a graduate of the Royal Military College, Duntroon, and the US Foreign Service Institute. He has worked on Australian defence and Asian security issues for more than thirty years as a strategist,diplomat, policy analyst and scholar and has published extensively academically and in the media. During his time in government he served in the Departments of Defence and Foreign Affairs and Trade which included postings with the Australian embassies in Seoul and Jakarta. He has also worked as a freelance journalist in South America.

Mr. Thomas Barlow


Thomas Barlow is a leading research strategist. Over many years, he has advised a range of technology-intensive companies, many of Australia’s universities and major government research agencies, as well as Australian policymakers at both state and federal levels. He has held prestigious research fellowships at Oxford University in the UK and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has been the Science Adviser to the Minister for Education, Science and Training in the Australian Government, and has worked as a weekly columnist for the Financial Times newspaper in LondonHe is the publisher of the Barlow Report, a comprehensive and rigorous analysis of the Australian research system. He is the author of the essential book about Australian innovation, The Australian Miracle. A gifted communicator, he also regularly appears in the media and is widely sought after as a public speaker about Australian innovation, technology, science policy, and the future of knowledge.

BRW has described him as an “innovation visionary”.

The Australian has described him as an “anarchist”.

This forum was recorded by the Australian Public Affairs Channel and went to air on Saturday June 29th and Monday 1st July 2013



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