understand waves of technological change
ABOUT ICONOCLAST TECH
We monitor waves of new technological change as well as examine their potential opportunities and costs to industries and economies.
Our mission is to help our clients convert ever-increasing change and complexity into opportunity.
We believe that a true understanding of change requires the breaking of conventional wisdom.
“Rough work, iconoclasm, but the only way to get at truth.”
Oliver Wendell Holmes
Some of the latest contributions from Iconoclast Tech
The Future of InfoSec and Threats to Sensitive Communications
Halcyon House, Washington DC, 15 Nov. 2017
Journal of Law and International Affairs, Vol 5 (1)
A paper by Benjamin Dean and Rose McDermott setting out a research strategy for improving cyber security policy making in a complex system.
WHAT WE DO
Iconoclast Tech employs a knowledge of emerging technologies, economics and public policy to help clients in the private and public sectors understand the global consequences - and latent opportunities - from waves of technological change.
Spotting opportunities and avoiding pitfalls requires lateral, creative thinking. This is where Iconoclast's approach excels.
Previous work has involved helping clients answer the following questions:
What's my risk exposure from new technologies?
Develop metrics to measure impacts of new technologies
New technologies bring both benefits and costs.
It is difficult to understand to whom the benefits and costs will accrue. Industry hype and uncertainty due to complex systems obscure one's view.
Iconoclast Tech develops metrics and model risks to help clients understand the likely impacts of technological change in areas ranging from cybersecurity, 'big data', artificial intelligence, blockchains and more.
How much to invest in cyber security?
Probabilistic models and cost-benefit analyses
The potential losses and benefits differ from company-to-company.
We know that cyber risks are increasing. What isn't well known is the actual exposure (contingent liabilities) that companies and entire industries face over time and how best to direct investment toward mitigating these risks.
Iconoclast Tech applies probabilistic modeling to help clients better understand these risks and generate the highest return on investment from cyber security measures.
Where are opportunities in waves of technological change?
A unique global and multidisciplinary perspective
Technological changes can come from anywhere globally - how can you be best prepared?
Waves of technological change can be unpredictable, stochastic and triggered by economic, political, technological, social, behavioral and historical forces.
Iconoclast Tech monitors anomalous activities, across numerous sources, and infers how these anomalies indicate unexpected changes in future demands and needs.
What's the value of my data?
Applying economics to information and data
You need to understand the value of data to make best use of it and to adequately protect it.
For all the talk of us being in an 'Information Economy', very little is known about the actual value of data.
Iconoclast Tech helps clients understand the monetary and strategic value of data they have or might acquire through several valuation methods.
Benjamin has worked at the intersection of technology, economics and public policy for the past decade. He is presently a Technology Exchange Fellow at the Center for Democracy and Technology in Washington DC. He was previously a Fellow for Cyber Security and Internet Governance at Columbia University in New York after time as a policy analyst at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris.
M. International Affairs, Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs.
B. Economic and Social Sciences (Honors), University of Sydney Business School
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