• understand waves of technological change




    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


  • What's New

    Some of the latest contributions from Iconoclast Tech

    European Parliamentary Research Service

    A report examining the trans-Atlantic economic costs and benefits of continuing digitalization with implications for policymakers.

    The Future of InfoSec and Threats to Sensitive Communications

    Halcyon House, Washington DC, 15 Nov. 2017

    A presentation on the cost of data breaches, who bears the costs, and how this is likely to change in the near future. Sponsored by Wickr.

    Brussels, 6 October 2017

    A validation workshop for ENISA's upcoming report on cyber insurance. Featured a presentation on 'Improving the cyber insurance evidence base'.

    World Petroleum Congress, Istanbul, 9-13 July 2017

    A poster presentation by Thomas Lind and Benjamin Dean on the changing national cybersecurity policy landscape worldwide.

    Atlantic Council, Washington DC, 23 June 2017

    A discussion based on a chapter by Benjamin Dean for a report on 'Big Data: A 21st Century Arms Race".

    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.

    ISMG Fraud and Breach Prevention Summit, 25 April 2017

    A presentation on developing metrics for companies to estimate and recognize contingent liabilities from cyber security incidents.

    National Press Club, Washington DC, 13 March 2017

    A discussion on the measures that journalists should take to secure the communications with sources.


    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.

  • TEAM

    Benjamin Dean


    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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