Senior VP, CEPA
Edward Lucas is a writer and consultant specialising in European and transatlantic security. His expertise also includes energy, cyber-security, espionage, information warfare, and Russian foreign and security policy. Formerly a senior editor at The Economist, he is now a senior vice-president at the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA). He writes a weekly column in the London Times. He published The New Cold War (2008), a prescient account of Vladimir Putin’s Russia, followed by Deception (2011), an investigative account of east-west espionage, and Cyberphobia (2015). He has also written two e-books on espionage: The Snowden Operation and Spycraft Rebooted. He has contributed to books on religion, media ethics, and on the significance of Andrei Sakharov’s legacy.
An experienced broadcaster, public speaker, moderator and panelist, Edward Lucas has given public lectures at Harvard, Oxford, Cambridge and other leading universities. He is a regular contributor to the BBC’s Today and Newsnight programmes, and to NPR, CNN and Sky News.
A foreign correspondent for many years, he was based in Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Moscow and the Baltic states. He now lives in London. He concluded his time at The Economist as the editor responsible for the daily news app Espresso. In 1992 he co-founded an English-language weekly in Tallinn, Estonia: the Baltic Independent. His undergraduate degree is from the London School of Economics and he speaks five languages — German, Russian, Polish, Czech and Lithuanian.
The development of information and communication technologies poses a growing challenge for national administrations and international organisations. The spread of artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics and the “Wild West” of social media and on-line platforms requires a truly visionary approach in setting the appropriate level of ambition for future policies regulating these phenomena. How can we prevent risks stemming from the development of technologies from becoming insurmountable problems? How can we ensure an on-line environment that is safe and secure without infringing on the right to freedom of speech and expression? Can exclusively national solutions even be effective or should we focus on international regulations?