Monday, November 29, 2004

Chris Altman wins RSA Award on Policy

Although I'm acquainted with Chris only on a professional level, he just sent me a mail about him winning the Barcelona: RSA Information Security Award on Outstanding Achievement in Government Policy. He is the chairman of the UNISCA First Committee, and works on converging technologies. I reproduce the text below -

Policy: Awarded to Christopher Altman, Chairman of UNISCA (United Nations International Student Conference Amsterdam) First Committee, for his briefing on Converging Technologies, where he considers issues of convergence, conflict and complexity and reviews discoveries in the still relatively immature areas of information warfare, biotechnology and nanotechnology. ....... Converging Technologies: The Future of the Global Information Society Christopher Altman, Chairman UNISCA First Committee on Disarmament and International Security Abstract. The complex web of the global information grid will undergo explosive changes over coming decades. As advances in science and technology converge, a myriad array of discoveries in biotechnology, nanotechnology and information technology will produce unpredictable effects that must be accounted for in any estimate of what the world will look like in this future. A strategically important feature of this world will be the emerging trend of information warfare. Though still immature at present day, this trend will become increasingly dominant in the years to come. The information warfare of tomorrow will be radically different from its prototype today. No longer will it be confined to the mainframes of the Internet or to corporate databases: the battleground of the future will draw into its scope the scientific advances being made today in bio and nano technologies. The divisions between man and machine will blur. When networked technologies are ubiquitous, a state-sponsored attack on electronic networks can have far-reaching, and devastating, physical consequences.
Well, congrats Chris. Goodluck in your future endeavours!