Futurist Professor Brian David Johnson to conduct Threatcasting Lab for Menzies Foundation

06-Jun-2019

The Menzies Foundation focuses on raising the profile of ‘outstanding leadership’ and supports strategic leadership development platforms. One of the Foundation’s key strategic areas of focus is supporting Australia to grapple with complex legal challenges in a global context. Our focus for the next three years is cyber security.

The Ninian Stephen Menzies Cyber Law Program, run in partnership with the ANU Cyber Institute and ANU School of Law, supports the Australian legal sector to grapple with the complex legal challenges of cyber resilience and risk in a global context.

In further support of this initiative, the Menzies Foundation is delighted to be partnering with the University of Melbourne to deliver the 2019 Menzies Oration which will be presented by Professor Brian David Johnson, Futurist, Arizona State University, on the important topic; The Future of Risk, Security and the Law.

Professor Johnson will run a Threatcasting Lab leading up to the Oration to explore the challenges of resolving transnational legal cyber security threats and disputes in uncertainty and complexity, amplified by the pace of technological change.

The Threatcasting Lab will be held at the University of Melbourne on Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th October, culminating in the Menzies Oration at the Melbourne Law School on the evening of Tuesday, 8th October 2019.

Professor Brian Johnson is a futurist who works with organisations to develop an actionable 10-15 year vision and what it will feel like to live in the future. Brian is currently the futurist in residence at Arizona State University’s Centre for Science and the Imagination, a Professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and the Director of the ASU Threatcasting Lab. He is also a Futurist and Fellow at Frost and Sullivan.

Brian speaks and writes extensively and has contributed to publications like the Wall Street Journal, Slate and Wired Magazine. He was appointed the first futurist at Intel in 2009 where he worked for over a decade. He regularly appears on the BBC, Bloomberg TV, PBS, FOX News and the Discovery Channel and has been featured in Scientific American, The Technology Review, Forbes, INC and Popular Science. In addition, Brian has directed two feature films and is an illustrator and commissioned painter.

Brian’s visit will coincide with a major global Cyber Security Conference taking place in Melbourne in the first week of October, being hosted by the Australian Information Security Association and AustCyber which will host local and global thought leaders and industry experts focused on cyber risk and resilience challenges.

Please direct your interest in contributing to the Threatcasting Lab or joining us at the Oration to events@menziesfoundation.org.au