If knowledge is power, then secrets are weapons. Secrets have always fueled great stories, but what happens when our secrets are breached in real life? From love affairs to national security, the information we hide defines our lives, but how can we keep them locked up in the age of the internet, clouds, and hackers? Panelists include former spy Valerie Plame, Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Bart Gellman, We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks director Alex Gibney and The Ethical Hacker. Moderated by NBC News’ Cynthia McFadden.
The Ethical Hacker
Ralph Echemendia has been involved in the research and development of internationally recognized courseware and certifications as well as key security technologies currently powering some of the most powerful e-commerce sites on the Internet. He often collaborates with other well-known industry professionals on many different areas of information security; he has recently joined forces with some Hollywood’s most influential names to address operational security, intellectual property and piracy issues. Mr. Echemendia has appeared on KTLA, CNN, Fox News, Animal Planet, USA Today, Forbes magazine and many other media outlets.
Barton Gellman, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author, is senior fellow at the Century Foundation and Visiting Lecturer at Princeton. He is author of Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency and Contending with Kennan: Toward a Philosophy of American Power. Gellman is leading coverage of NSA surveillance at The Washington Post and writing a book on the surveillance-industrial revolution.
Director Alex Gibney has been called “one of the pre-eminent filmmakers in America” (Indiewire). The director has won the Academy Award, the Emmy, the Grammy, the Peabody, the DuPont-Columbia, The Independent Spirit, and The Writers Guild of America Award, to name just a few. He won the Academy Award for “Taxi to the Dark Side” and was nominated for “Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room”. His 2013 film “Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God”, won three Emmy Awards and a Peabody Award. He also won an Emmy that year for Showtime’s “The History of the Eagles”.
A former career covert CIA operations officer, Valerie Plame worked to protect America’s national security and prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, in particular nuclear weapons. Valerie is the author of the New York Times best-selling memoir Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House, which was adapted for film in 2010. Valerie consults for Warner Brothers TV and is the Director of Community Outreach at the Santa Fe Institute. She serves on the boards of United Way of Santa Fe County, the Penn State School of International Affairs, and Postpartum Support International.
Cynthia McFadden is the senior legal and investigative correspondent at NBC News. Prior to joining NBC last year, she worked for 20 years at ABC News where she was the co-anchor of NIGHTLINE. In addition to covering an array of legal issues, she has reported from around the world on human rights. Her work has been recognized with many of broadcasting's top awards: the Emmy, Dupont, Peabody and Overseas Press Club Award. She received the Matrix Award in 2014. McFadden has a J.D. from Columbia University and a B.A. from Bowdoin College, which recognized her with an honorary degree in 2013.