The Opportunities and Challenges of Digital Diplomacy and Conflict Prevention in the Age of Cyber-Security

FAU Tech Runway 901 NW 35th St., Boca Raton, FL 33431
Date & Time: 
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm


The Opportunities and Challenges of Digital Diplomacy and Conflict Prevention in the Age of Cyber-Security


Please join us for an evening with colleagues from the Israel Public Diplomacy Forum, a non-profit, non-partisan, educational organization established to advance international understanding of Israel and the Middle East.  


Wednesday, October 18th at FAU Tech Runway

901 NW 35th St., Boca Raton, FL 33431


Networking starts at 5:30 pm

Speakers at 6:00 pm


RSVP to Heather Thompson by no later than Friday, October 13th


Hosted by:









Eytan Gilboa, PhD


Mr. Ido Sivan-Sevilla

Recent years have shown the old Middle Eastern order has all but collapsed in the face of political revolutions, disintegration of traditional governments, violent civil wars, the emergence of the Islamic State and the Iranian nuclear threat. Traditional ideological, religious, geographic and political lines have been blurred, with some states descending into chaos and others emerging into previously unthinkable alliances based on mutual interests and common foes. Dr. Gilboa will explore these challenges in their historic context, and what role the United States may play in the new Middle East.


The cyber-security problem cuts across fields, sectors, and approaches. Mr. Sevilla will cover the fundamentals of the problem, embrace a risk-based approach that perceives the state as society's risk manager, and provide an overview of the development of regulatory processes in modern societies.  He will include a comparative analysis on how the United States, the European Union, and Israel have chosen to confront the cybersecurity challenge through laws and regulations, and stress the importance and difficulties of imposing cybersecurity state regulations on the civic sector. He will also explore some possible avenues for progress, including the role of universities and technology transfer, and provide some recommendations for increasing the resilience of cyberspace in the civic sector.





5:30 - 6:00 pm



Registration & Networking


6:00 - 6:45 pm  


Eytan Gilboa, PhD - Public Engagement in International Conflicts

Mr. Ido Sivan-Sevilla - Government Regulations of Cyber Security


6:45 - 7:00 pm



Q & A




Israel Public Diplomacy Forum | Speaker Biographies

Professor Eytan Gilboa

Eytan Gilboa has served in many prominent academic positions in Israel and the US. He has been a Professor of International Communication, as well as the Founder and First Director of both the School of Communication and the Center for International Communication at Bar-Ilan University in Israel. He is a senior research associate at the BESA Center for Strategic Studies, Chair of the Israeli Communication Association and founding Chair and Academic Director of the Israel Public Diplomacy Forum. In 2005, he helped to establish the Center on Public Diplomacy (CPD) at USC, and initiated and founded the CPD Summer Institute. He is a world-renowned expert on international communication, diplomacy and public diplomacy, and US policy in the Middle East. He has published several books and numerous articles and book chapters, and has won several significant international awards.
Prof. Gilboa graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Hebrew University and received his MA and PhD degrees in Government from Harvard University. He taught at the Hebrew University and has been a visiting professor in several leading American and European universities including Harvard, UCLA, Georgetown, the American University in Washington DC, Tufts, USC, and the University of Hamburg.
Gilboa's most recent books include Media and Diplomacy in the Information Age (forthcoming), US-Israel Relations in a New Era: Issues and Challenges after 9/11 (2009), and Media and Conflict: Framing Issues, Policy Making, Shaping Opinions (2002). His articles have been  published in many leading scholarly periodicals in communication, international relations and political science including Communication Theory, Journal of Communication, Critical Studies in Media Communication, Political Communication, Harvard International Journal of Press/Politics, Gazette, Political Communication and Persuasion, Public Opinion, International Communication, Political Science Quarterly, Review of International Studies, Presidential Studies Quarterly, Orbis, Journal of Peace Research, International Negotiation, Journal of Dispute Resolution, Marquette Law Review, Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, Public Diplomacy Magazine, Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, and The Yale Review. He is often invited to contribute chapters to major handbooks, and his articles are frequently included in definitive edited volumes.
Prof. Gilboa contributes op-ed articles to newspapers and all-news websites, and serves as a commentator on television and radio networks. He has appeared on CNN International, BBC World, Fox News, ABC News Nightline, PBS`s Lehrer News Hour, Al-Jazeera, ITN (UK), ZDF (Germany), RAI (Italy), Russia Today (Russia), and CBC (Canada). He has contributed articles and interviews to many newspapers including New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Newsweek, Time, Christian Science Monitor, Politiken (Copenhagen), Frankfurter Allgemeine Zietung (Frankfurt), The Australian (Sydney), Globo (Rio de Janeiro), Yomiuri Shimbun and Asahi Shimbun (Tokyo).
He has held many professional and public positions, such as adviser to the Prime Minister's office, the Ministry of Defense and Foreign Affairs, the Parliamentary Committee for Foreign Affairs and Defense, and the Government Press Office. Prof. Gilboa also served as Academic Director of International Relations at the National Defense College, Chair of the Foreign Service Selection Committee; Member of the Committee on Higher Education of the City of Jerusalem; Chair of Accreditation Committees at the Council on Higher Education; Chair of the Selection Committee for the Israel Prize in Communication; and Chair of the Political Science and International Relations Committee at the National Science Foundation. He has served in several senior military positions and delivered guest lectures at many military institutions in several countries, including West Point, the Naval War College, National Defense University in Washington, DC, ROTC programs, and the military academies in Poland, the Czech Republic and Greece. Most recently, he lectured at a series of highly successful events with the NATO Rapid Deployment Force and the Greek Supreme Joint War College.
Mr. Ido Sivan-Sevilla
Ido Sivan-Sevilla is a computer and social scientist. He has accumulated multi-dimensional experience in cyber-security and public policy from the private and public sectors as well as in the military and academia. He is currently a PhD Candidate at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, studying the regulatory tensions between security and privacy in cyberspace. His award-winning PhD research presentation was part of several leading cyber-security and public policy conferences around the world. He is also serving as a research fellow at the cyber-security program of the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) and writing a book about cyber-security regulation at the civic and business sectors.
Mr. Sivan-Sevilla is also one of the leading experts on honeypots technologies in Israel and is currently building a hands-on curriculum on honeypots for the training of cyber-security professionals. At the Hebrew University, he also teaches public policy theories in the Israeli government cadets program to increase the understanding of how and why public policies evolve.
Mr. Sivan-Sevilla received his BA with honors in computer science at the Technion – Israel's Institute of Technology and specialized in computer security. After years of cyber-security work experience, he was named a U.S. State Department Fulbright Scholar and completed his MA at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs in the University of Minnesota. During his graduate studies, he served as a legislative assistant at the U.S. Congress and worked as a research fellow at the House of Representative's Science and Technology & Foreign Affairs Committees. He also served as a research assistant for former USAID Chair, Brian Atwood, and studied the nature of U.S. regulatory institutions. In his PhD studies, he was named Israel's Ministry of Science scholar and designed honeypots infrastructures to attract and learn about the behavior of hackers in online systems. He was also awarded several national distinguished scholarships for PhD students and serves as a research and teaching assistant at the Federmann School of Public Policy and Government at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His articles and reports have been published in periodicals and proceedings such as Cyber, Intelligence, and Security, NATO CCO COE, IEEE/ACM, and many more.
His professional cyber-security positions include his central role at the Israeli Air Force (IAF) in which he served as a Captain and led the Air Force's cyber-security team to protect IAF's operational digital infrastructures. In the private sector, he served as a product manager for the NextNine cyber-security firm. At the government, he joined Israel's Prime Minister Office to establish its cyber-security unit through the management of technical innovative projects.


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