Governor Michael Dukakis

Co-Founder and Chairman, Boston Global Forum

Chairman, Michael Dukakis Institute for Leadership and Innovation

Democratic Party Nominee for President of the United States, 1988

Distinguished Professor J.D., Harvard University

Chairman of AIWS Standards and Practice Committee, Michael Dukakis Institute

Michael Stanley Dukakis was born in Brookline, Massachusetts to Greek immigrant parents. He attended Swarthmore College and Harvard Law School and served in the United States Army from 1955-1957, sixteen months of which was with the support group to the U.S. delegation to the Military Armistice Commission in Korea.

He served eight years as a member of the Massachusetts legislature and was elected Governor of Massachusetts three times. He ran for the presidency of the United States in 1988 but was defeated by George Bush.

In addition to his Boston Global Forum role, Governor Dukakis is currently a Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Northeastern University and Visiting Professor at the School of Public Policy at UCLA. Recently, he and former U.S. Senator Paul Simon authored, “How to Get Into Politics-and Why,” to provide young people with a road map to a career in public service.

As a life-long public transportation advocate, Governor Dukakis was nominated by President Bill Clinton for a five-year term as a named to the Board of Directors of Amtrak in 1998. He served a full five-year term on the Amtrak Board as Vice-Chairman. He is often called upon to offer his expertise on rail service to Boston.


Nguyen Anh Tuan

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Boston Global Forum

Director, Michael Dukakis Institute for Leadership and Innovation

Mr. Nguyen Anh Tuan is co-founder and Director of The Michael Dukakis Institute for Leadership and Innovation (MDI), and co-founder and CEO of The Boston Global Forum (BGF).

Tuan is recognized globally for his pivotal role as a Vietnam Government reformist, who has successfully fostered freedom-of-expression, vigorous open debate and private enterprise in a nation that has become a leader in commerce, culture, and the innovation as well as a close ally of the West.

For his AI World Society Initiative and the concepts of AI-Government he developed, Vietnam National Television (VTV) named him Person of The Year 2018.

He is the Founder and Chairman of the VietNamNet Media Group and the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of VietNamNet, Vietnam’s preeminent online newspaper. Additionally, Tuan was the Founder and CEO of VASC Software and Media Company and VietNet, the first Internet service provider in Vietnam.

In recognition of his contributions to his native country, the Government of Vietnam named Tuan one of the nation’s 10 most outstanding young talents in 1996.

Under Tuan’s leadership, VietNamNet has raised significant political issues resulting in greater Vietnamese Government transparency and freedoms. He pioneered an interactive live format called the VietNamNet Online Roundtable that allowed online Vietnamese citizens to participate in interviews with leading political, social and cultural figures as well as foreign dignitaries. In 2009, Tuan conceived of an annual global initiative making September 9th World Compassion and Reconciliation Day. Additionally, he founded and organized the Vietnam National Concert to be held annually on September 2nd, Vietnam’s National Day holiday.

In 2011, he became a Pacific Leadership Fellow at the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at the University of California San Diego. That year he addressed the prestigious Club de Madrid Conference, a gathering of former prime ministers and presidents, in a speech titled Democracy and Digital Technology.

From February 2011 to July 2014 Tuan was an Associate of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

He later became a Visiting Scholar at the College of Communication, Boston University for the academic years 2014-2015, and 2015-2016.

As a Shorenstein Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School in 2007, Tuan researched major trends in the development of electronic media in Vietnam.

Tuan served on the Harvard Business School Global Advisory Board from 2008 to 2016. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Free-for-All Concert Fund in Boston. Since July of 2015 to November of 2017 he served as Chair of the International Advisory Committee of UCLA – UNESCO Chair on Global Learning and Global Citizenship Education at the University of California Los Angeles.

Tuan is a co-founder, and Chief Executive Officer of the Global Citizenship Education Network (GCEN), a collaboration between the Boston Global Forum and the UNESCO-UCLA Chair on Global Learning and Global Citizenship Education as well as being co-founder and Former Associate Editor of UCLA’s Global Commons Review.

In an effort to enhance cybersecurity worldwide, Tuan created Global Cybersecurity Day, produced the recent BGF-G7 Summit Initiative, and coauthored the Ethics Code of Conduct for Cyber Peace and Security (ECCC).

In November of 2017, Tuan and Governor Michael Dukakis founded AI World Society Initiative, and on June 25, 2018, Tuan and Governor Dukakis, Professor Thomas Patterson, Professor Nazli Choucri announced the Concepts of AI-Government. In 2018, Tuan created the World Leader in AI World Society Award, and the AI World Society Distinguished Lecture, and became the co-author of AI World Society Ethics and Practices Index.

Honoring CEO of Boston Global Forum, Nguyen Anh Tuan as Person of the Year 2018 in Vietnam

Vietnam National Television (VTV) announced and honored CEO of Boston Global Forum and Director of Michael Dukakis Institute for Leadership and Innovation, Mr. Nguyen Anh Tuan, as Person of the Year 2018 for Artificial Intelligence World Society and AI-Government.

The Artificial Intelligence World Society (AIWS) is a set of values, ideas, concepts and protocols for standards and norms whose goal is to advance the peaceful development of AI to improve politics, society, and the quality of life for all humanity. It was conceived by the Michael Dukakis Institute for Leadership and Innovation (MDI) and in November  2017.

AI-Government is a component of the AIWS. The concept of AI-Government was developed at the Michael Dukakis Institute for Leadership and Innovation, whose co-authors are Governor Michael Dukakis, Mr. Nguyen Anh Tuan, Professor Nazli Choucri, and Professor Thomas Patterson, was announced on June 25, 2018. MDI has attracted prominent scholars, experts, innovators, and policymakers contribute and develop AIWS.

AIWS had a great year with AIWS Report for G7-Summit 2018, World Leader in AIWS Award honor Secretary General of OECD, AIWS Ethics Index, AIWS Distinguished Lectures by Liam Byrne,  Keynote Lecture about “AIWS and AI-Government”  in 13rd INTELS conference about AI in Saint Petersburg, and in AI World Conference and Expo in Boston, AIWS Roundtable at Harvard, and Tokyo etc.

The Award Ceremony was live broadcasted on December 31, 2018, on the special program to welcome the New Year 2019 by VTV.

The financial services sector is making progress towards deploying Machine Learning

In a recent survey conducted by MIT Technology Review Insights in association with Google, marketers in the financial services industry are among the most progressive adopters using machine learning to streamline operations and optimize business outcomes. According to the research, 41 percent of financial services marketers are currently using ML and another 30 percent are planning to deploy the technology within the year.

This is considered a great signal as innovation and in particular, the development of machine learning, are driving companies to adapt with the times. “ML is having a profound and transformational impact across every function in financial services, and marketing is one of the areas leading the way,” said Ulku Rowe, technical director for financial services at Google Cloud and former CTO at JPMorgan Chase. “ML is helping financial services marketers to keep up with constantly evolving consumer behavior and to ensure that they get the best value out of every marketing dollar spent.”

On one hand, financial services sector must stay ahead of the technology curve; on the other hand, marketers in the fields are under intense pressure to carry out accurate campaigns and conservative practices. Since the industry is among the sectors that require strict protection of customer database and measures to guarantee security as well as mitigate possible risks, machine learning needs deploying with great cautious. However, when needed, machine learning can support compliance and accounting teams with forensic analysis in following the money trail and spotting any anomalies.

The survey also shows that machine learning has great potential in anticipating customer needs with 60 percent of financial services marketers’ responses expressing their belief in the ability to capture the entire customer journey of machine learning. Meanwhile, 44 percent of respondents are using machine learning to assess the value of their future customers. Stephen Arthur, Google’s managing director for finance partnerships, mentioned that Google has been using machine learning to leverage data to understand and predict when someone is experiencing significant life events and help marketers reach them more effectively during those moments.

More and more applications of technology are being embedded in business operations around the world; however, it requires organizations to invest in both human and resources so that technology can be operated safely and effectively. Layer 7 “Business Applications for All of Society: Engage and Assist Businesses” of the AIWS 7-Layer Model developed by the Michael Dukakis Institute will guarantee advanced technologies, especially with AI remaining benevolent and free from risks of misuse, error, or loss of control and have positive effects to the society.

Artificial Intelligence is the focus in 2019 Cybersecurity Predictions

Artificial Intelligence is expected to affect Cybersecurity significantly in 2019.

WatchGuard Threat Lab research team

In 2019, cyber criminals will build noxious chatbots that try to socially engineer victims into clicking links, downloading files, or sharing private information. Those chatbots will be controlled by AI.

Candace Worley, Chief Technical Strategist, McAfee

While working with AI, each firm needs to supervise its training to avoid damage. Not only privacy regulations, but also legal, ethical, and cultural implications are required to guarantee that AI could handle real-life situations with fairness and responsibility.

Jason Rebholz, Senior Director, Gigamon

Based on available information, AI helps analysts make basic decisions. As a result, the analysts will get more time for advanced determination.

Morey Haber, CTO, and Brian Chappell, sr. director, enterprise & solutions architecture, BeyondTrust

With rapid evolution, AI could establish plans and make data collection, which leads to an increase in successful attacks. 2019 is predicted to have more attacks using AI and Machine Learning.

Malwarebytes Labs Team

In the future, malware will be created by Artificial Intelligence. It will be too dangerous if the AI creates, adapts, and communicates with malware. Morever, an AI will be able to tracking the formula of detecting from compromised computer then rapidly creating a new malware.

Mark Zurich, senior director of technology, Synopsys

Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence are expected a lot for contributions in cybersecurity due to their ability to find threats with speed and exactitute. “However, many of the articles that I’ve been reading on this topic are expressing skepticism and concern that companies will be lulled into a false sense of security that their detection efficacy is acceptable through the application of ML/AI when that may not actually be the case.”, said Mark, “we should expect to see large companies continue to invest in this technology and startup companies touting ML/AI capabilities to continue to crop up in 2019.”

Ari Weil, Global VP of Product and Industry Marketing, Akamai

The dream of AI and Machine Learning could be reconsidered in 2019. “Whether the catalyst comes from forensic tools that miss detecting advanced threats until significant damage has been done, or monitoring and analytics software that fails to detect the root cause of an issue in a complex deployment environment, the industry will reawaken to the value of evolving specialists vs. purchasing intelligence,” accroding to Ari Weil.

Gilad Peleg, CEO, SecBI

AI will provide more power for attacks. It is logical that the AI hackers will grow faster and bigger and reach more successes in making cyberattacks. To prevent malicious activities, cyber protection needs AI’s support. “With machine learning and AI-driven response, security teams can automate triage and prioritization while reducing false positives by up to 91%,” Gilad Peleg said.

Jason Rebholz, Senior Director, Gigamon

The technology industry will see a significant boost and depend more on AI as the automation and AI play a larger role.

Malcolm Harkins, Chief Security and Trust Officer, Cylance

In 2019, AI-based technology could learn what’s sensitive and category it. This development will require a higher level of management and controlling data.

Rajarshi Gupta, head of AI at Avast

Ending the clone phishing is indispensable the role of AI. “I predict AI will become effective in dealing with these clone phishing attacks by detecting short-lived websites built for phishing. AI can move faster than traditional algorithms when identifying fake sites…” Rajarshi said.

Encouragement of new ideas, concepts, standards, norms, models, and innovations relating to AI is AIWS Initiative’s goal. For that purpose, the AIWS Standards and Practice Committee has continuously built the AIWS 7-Layer Model, a set of ethical standards for AI so that this technology is safe, humanistic, and beneficial to society.