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Metawar: The Art and Science of Conflict in the Metaverse 🇬🇧

Time: 15:30 > 16:15
Location: Zone 1 - Gaston Berger conference stage

Reality Distortion, Dis-information Warfare, Cognitive Infrastructure Manipulation, and Hacking Control of the Human Experience for God & Country, Power & Profit

By Winn Schwartau, the “”Civilian Architect of Information Warfare”” (Commodore Pat Tyrrell OBE Royal Navy, 1996) and author of Information Warfare: Chaos on the Information Superhighway

A long time ago, on June 27, 1991, I testified before the US Congress and warned that the then-emerging internet was ripe for Cyberterrorism, Cyberwar, Cybercrime, the loss of privacy, and a potential Electronic Pearl Harbor. I called it Information Warfare.

One Congressman asked me that day, “Mr. Schwartau, why would the bad guys ever want to use the internet?” which, fast-forwarded more than three decades to today now reads, “Mr. Schwartau, why would the bad guys ever want to use the metaverse?”

Today, tens of billions of dollars and euros are being spent by global technology giants to digitally terraform the first generation of simulations; multi-user interactive virtual worlds with varying degrees of immersion, meant to captivate and addict hundreds of millions of people to a new realities.

They propound the vast benefits the Metaverse brings to humankind. I call it an existential threat to humanity.

Metawar is the art of applying science to create alternate realities, so immersive, as to be indistinguishable from our ‘default’ reality; the one we have been born into. When technology can do that, we will have reached the meta point, from which there may well be no escape.

Join me on a tour of the 6th domain of conflict:

It’s called Metawar – and the battle is for control of your mind and your reality. And it scares the hell out of me.

With metawar, the attack surfaces and vectors are not silicon devices or binary coded instructions as with information warfare. Metawarriors target living carbon bio-chemical systems and the highly malleable imperfect probabilistic nature of the human sensory systems and the mind.

We will examine the history of the metaverse since 1920, learn about Mass Social Engineering through the addictive qualities of technology and immersive experiences – which define our beliefs and behavior.

As technologies mature, we will reach the Metapoint; when the immersion and simulated experience cannot be distinguished from our current default reality.

Join me on a tour of the 6th domain of conflict:

It’s called Metawar – and the battle is for control of your mind and your reality. And it scares the hell out of me.

Winn Schwartau
The “Civilian Architect of Information Warfare”
– Commodore Pat Tyrrell OBE Royal Navy, 1996
“After talking to Winn for an hour and a half, you’re like, what the f*** just happened?” – Bob Todrank, 2019
Winn has lived Cybersecurity since 1983, and now says, “I think, maybe, I’m just starting to understand it.” His predictions about the internet & security have been scarily spot on. He coined the term “Electronic Pearl Harbor” while testifying before Congress in 1991. His seminal book, “Information Warfare” showed the world how and why massive identify theft, cyber-espionage, nation-state hacking and cyber-terrorism would be an integral part of the future (today’s present).
His latest book, “Analogue Network Security” offers time-based and probabilistic approaches to justifiable security. By hybridizing analogue and digital security techniques, he offers a first gen toolkit and methods to “fix security and the internet”, including fake news, spam, phishing, DDoS and more. It will twist your mind. “The Best Cybersecurity Book of All Time,” Cyber Defense Magazine.
Currently he is exploring “Metawar”, a term he coined to describe conflict in the evolving Metaverse. Increasingly impressive immersive technologies will create alternate realities and instill programmed belief systems in its users, all in the name of God, country, power and profit. Advertising, religion, education, indoctrination or delusion?
Fellow, Royal Society of the Arts Distinguished Fellow: Ponemon Institute International Security Hall of Fame: ISSA Top-20 industry pioneers: SC Magazine. Top 25 Most Influential: Security Magazine Top 5 Security Thinkers: SC Magazine. Power Thinker and one of the 50 most powerful people: Network World. Top Rated (4.85/5) RSA Speaker Top Rated Webinar: 4.56 (ISC2) .001% Top Influencer RSAC-2019
Author: “Pearl Harbor Dot Com” (Die Hard IV), 3 volumes of “Information Warfare”, “CyberShock”, “Internet and Computer Ethics for Kids”. (More on his web site.)
Executive Producer: “Hackers Are People Too”
Founder: www.TheSecurityAwarenessCompany.Com
Founder: www.InfowarCon.Com
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