Estonia Past President Toomas Ilves to be Honored at Global Cybersecurity Day Symposium

Estonia’s Past President Toomas Hendrik Ilves will receive the World Leader in Cybersecurity Award for his nation’s achievements in developing cyber-defense strategies for all nations, and for establishing Estonia’s preeminence as a world leader in cyberspace technology, defense and safe access. The presentation will be made at the third annual Global Cybersecurity Day Conference, 8:30 AM-Noon, Tues, Dec. 12, 2017, Loeb House, Harvard University, 17 Quincy street, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

President Ilves is being honored for his leadership that resulted in his Estonia becoming a vital member of the world

Past President Toomas Ilves of Estonia

community and for his speeches before the United Nations where he has fostered understanding of the risk of climate change, the need for safety of the Internet, and the plight of migrants and refugees – especially children.

In making the announcement Gov. Michael Dukakis, Chairman of Boston Global Forum, stated, “We believe we are kindred spirits in our pursuit of a world in which we share in the concern for our fellow citizens worldwide.”

He added, “I also believe the Boston Global Forum and the Michael Dukakis Institute for Leadership and Innovation can play a vital role in helping President Ilves continue to communicate his message and inspire others by participating with leading thinkers and scholars from Harvard and MIT who share his vision for a clean, safe and transparent Internet.

Coverage is invited by preregistering with Dick Pirozzolo, media liaison director, at dick@bgforum.org.

Also being honored for contributing to the advancement of Artificial Intelligence and Cybersecurity will be Prof. John Savage as Distinguished Global Educator for Computer Science and Security on the 50 Anniversary of the Brown University Computer Science Department.

This year’s conference theme is Cyber-Defense Strategy for a Nation, featuring discussions by noted world authorities:

“Can We Develop Norms to Control Cyber Conflict?”  by Prof. Joseph Nye

“A Cyber-Defense Strategy for a Nation” by Prof. Nazli Choucri

“Applying Estonia’s Cyber-Defense Strategy Internationally” by Estonia President Toomas Hendrik Ilves

Global Cybersecurity Day was created to inspire the shared responsibility of the world’s citizens to protect the Internet’s safety and transparency.

Boston Global Forum is a think tank with ties to Harvard University faculty, business leaders and journalists. It is chaired by former Massachusetts Gov. Dukakis, a national and international civic leader, and cofounder Tuan Nguyen, an internet authority and founder of VietNamNet, Vietnam’s largest online newspaper. The award recipients were selected by the board of directors of the Boston Global Forum and Michael Dukakis Institute for Leadership and Innovation: Gov. Michael Dukakis, Nguyen Anh Tuan, Prof. Thomas Patterson, Prof. David Silbersweig, Prof. Nazli Choucri and Prof. John Savage.

Media and press credentials contact:

Nguyen Anh Tuan, +1 617-286-6589, office@bostonglobalforum.org

Dick Pirozzolo +1 617959-4613 dick@bgforum.org

About Boston Global Forum

Boston Global Forum is a public policy think tank that brings thought leaders to inspire creative and practical collaboration on solving problems that affect the world. Founded in December 2012, Boston Global Forum’s leadership includes former Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis; Thomas Patterson, the Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press and acting director of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School; and Nguyen Anh Tuan, founder and former editor-in-chief of VietNamNet, a top online newspaper in Vietnam, and founder of VietNet, the first Internet Service Provider in Vietnam.