Ilves, Rid, Libicki Among CyCon 2016 Speakers

Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, Thomas Rid of King’s College London and Martin C. Libicki of RAND Corporation will speak at the annual International Conference on Cyber Conflict (CyCon 2016).

The 8th International Conference on Cyber Conflict (CyCon 2016, will take place June 1-3 2016 in Tallinn, Estonia. Focusing on the theme of Cyber Power, CyCon 2016 will ask how the traditional concept of power applies to cyberspace. The issues to be covered include international cooperation, technical challenges and requirements, conflict in cyberspace, legal framework, regulations and standards.

Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves will deliver the opening keynote as well as lead a discussion on political change and digital revolution. Professor Martin C. Libicki of RAND Corporation will analyse why information warfare is coming back.

Thomas Rid, professor in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London, will offer a sneak peek into his new book Rise of the Machines, to be published in June 2016. It tells the sweeping story of how cybernetics, a late-1940s theory of machines, came to incite anarchy and war half a century later.

CyCon is organised by the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence, a Tallinn-based knowledge hub, think tank and training centre. Every year, over 500 decision-makers and experts from government, military and industry from all over the world approach the conference’s key theme from legal, technology and strategy perspectives, often in an interdisciplinary manner.

Registration for the annual International Conference on Cyber Conflict (CyCon 2016) is open on the website. A full list of confirmed speakers is available at

Discounted conference passes are available for students and government employees. Accredited media will have free access to the conference. Registration and detailed information is available on the conference website Please contact logistics.cycon -at- for discount codes, further questions and media accreditation.