Cybersecurity Expert to Explore Designs Behind High-Tech Crime

Peter W. Singer

P.W. Singer

To explore both the current and future landscape of cybercrime, one of the leading experts on 21st-century security issues will give a talk at UT Dallas.

P.W. Singer will speak at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, as the second presenter in this season’s ATEC Distinguished Lecture Series.

Singer is a strategist and senior fellow at the New America Foundation, a nonpartisan think tank, and author of multiple award-winning books. He was named one of the 100 leading innovators in the nation by the Smithsonian Institution-National Portrait Gallery, one of the 100 most influential people in defense issues by Defense News, and made Foreign Policymagazine’s Top 100 Global Thinkers List.

Singer’s talk, “Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know,” shares the same title as a book he wrote last year with Allan Friedman, who is the director of cybersecurity initiatives at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration in the U.S. Department of Commerce. The book was named to both the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy professional reading list.

“In the past year, cybercrime has blossomed into a pandemic, consuming more than $445 billion in lost time, jobs and intellectual property,” Singer wrote in the March issue of Popular Science, where he is a contributing editor.

Dr. Bhavani Thuraisingham, director of UT Dallas’ Cyber Security Research and Education Institute, said she is excited to have Singer on campus.

“At UT Dallas, we are taking an interdisciplinary approach to cybersecurity and have joint projects with faculty from other areas of study. It is essential that we bring political sciences, policy, economics, risk analysis and ethics into our cybersecurity research and education programs. Therefore, our faculty and students will benefit a great deal from Dr. Singer’s talk,” said Thuraisingham, Louis Beecherl Jr. Distinguished Professor and a professor of computer science in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science.

Singer is the founder of NeoLuddite, a technology advisory firm, and has worked as a consultant for the U.S. military, Defense Intelligence Agency and FBI. He also has advised the creators of a wide range of technology and entertainment programs, and the video game series Call of Duty. He is a member of the U.S. State Department’s Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy.

His past work included serving as coordinator of the defense policy task force for President Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, in the Balkans task force at the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and as the founding director of the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence at the Brookings Institution, where he was the youngest person named senior fellow in its nearly 100-year history.

His other books include Corporate Warriors: The Rise of the Privatized Military Industry, Children at War and Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century.

Singer received his PhD in government from Harvard University and a bachelor’s from the Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.


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The lecture series, presented by The Dallas Morning News, is held in the Edith O’Donnell Arts and Technology Building, which houses programs that explore topics at the intersection of arts and technology.

Tickets and Parking

Prices vary between $10 and $20 for seats in the lower level of the ATEC Building’s lecture hall.

Staff and faculty members can purchase up to four tickets that will be discounted by $5. Emails with a discount code were sent to staff and faculty.

Students with a valid Comet Card can get free balcony tickets at Ticketing Assistance, ATC 1.201, beginning one hour before the lecture. One ticket per student. First come, first served.

For more information and to purchase tickets, click here using a desktop or laptop computer.

Valet parking is $5. For directions and parking, see this map.