2018 Marconi Symposium

Restoring Trust on the Internet

Date and Time: October 2, 2018, 9 a.m. to 1:10 p.m., followed by lunch.

Where: Villa Griffone, former home and laboratory of Guglielmo Marconi, in Bologna Italy.

What: Honoring the 2018 Marconi Fellow, Akamai cofounder F. Thomson Leighton, the program explores how technology and regulation are addressing problems that have led to rising threats and diminishing trust on the Internet.  Includes an introductory keynote from Dr. Leighton, plus panels on social media abuse, privacy challenges and regulatory issues, and mitigating cyber-threats. Featured speakers include Giovanni Guidotti (CTO, Leonardo-Finmeccanica); Michelle Dennedy (Chief Privacy Officer, Cisco); noted cryptographers Whitfield Diffie and Martin Hellman; Vinton Cerf (Chief Internet Evangelist, Google); and Professor Giovanni Corazza (President, CINECA.)

Check out Vint’s blog on the Symposium


9:00 – 9:10 a.m.
Welcome and Introductions by Marconi Chair Vinton Cerf, Chief Internet Evangelist, Google; and Giovanni Corazza, Professor, University of Bologna and CEO, Cineca

9:10 – 10:10 a.m.
Introductory Keynote by Tom Leighton, Co-founder and CEO, Akamai Technologies: “The Role of CDNs in Restoring Trust on the Internet”

Abstract: The Internet is the invention of our generation and compares well with the advent of television, radio, and even the printing press when measured in terms of its impact on the way we live. And this is just the beginning—we probably can’t even imagine what amazing applications are yet to be invented as billions of people, hundreds of billions of devices, and countless exabytes of data become intelligently connected as part of the Internet of Things. But the future of the Internet, along with all the good that it has enabled, is now threatened by multiple powerful entities that would exploit it to do harm. In this talk, we will briefly review the development of CDN technology and the role it can play in reestablishing trust in the connected world that we all rely on.

10:10 – 10:50 a.m.
Conversation: Social networks have been weaponized. What could we see next and what are the solutions?

Vinton Cerf
Julia Powles, Research Fellow, New York University
Sarah Roberts, Assistant Professor of Information Studies, UCLA  

10:50 – 11:20 a.m.

11:20 a.m. – Noon
Panel: What does privacy mean in the age of tracking, eavesdropping, recording and IoT? Should you care?

Moderated by Giovanni Corazza

Ade Adewunmi, Consultant, TeraData,
Michelle Dennedy, CPO, Cisco
Stefano Pileri, CEO, ItalTel

Noon – 12:40 p.m.
Panel: Mitigating cyber-threats to financial systems, infrastructure and the military.

Moderated by Whitfield Diffie, Professor Emeritus, Stanford University

Jay Coley, Senior Director at Akamai Technologies
Giovanni Guidotti, Chief Technical Officer, Security & Information Division, Leonardo
Martin Hellman, Professor Emeritus, Stanford University

12:40 – 1:10 p.m.
Wrap-up Q/A: Moderated by Vinton Cerf

Stay tuned for a review of the Symposium after the event is complete.