Misha Glenny: Hire the hackers!

Despite multibillion-dollar investments in cybersecurity, one of its root problems has been largely ignored: who are the people who write malicious code? Underworld investigator Misha Glenny profiles several convicted coders from around the world and reaches a startling conclusion.

Chris Domas: The 1s and 0s behind cyber warfare

Chris Domas is a cybersecurity researcher, operating on what's become a new front of war, "cyber." In this engaging talk, he shows how researchers use pattern recognition and reverse engineering (and pull a few all-nighters) to understand a chunk of binary code whose purpose and contents they don't know.

Keren Elazari: Hackers: the Internet's immune system

The beauty of hackers, says cybersecurity expert Keren Elazari, is that they force us to evolve and improve. Yes, some hackers are bad guys, but many are working to fight government corruption and advocate for our rights. By exposing vulnerabilities, they push the Internet to become stronger and healthier, wielding their power to create a better...

Jennifer Granick: How the US government spies on people who protest -- including you

What's stopping the American government from recording your phone calls, reading your emails and monitoring your location? Very little, says surveillance and cybersecurity counsel Jennifer Granick. The government collects all kinds of information about you easily, cheaply and without a warrant -- and if you've ever participated in a protest or a...

Eva Galperin: What you need to know about stalkerware

"Full access to a person's phone is the next best thing to full access to a person's mind," says cybersecurity expert Eva Galperin. In an urgent talk, she describes the emerging danger of stalkerware -- software designed to spy on someone by gaining access to their devices without their knowledge -- and calls on antivirus companies to recognize ...

Christopher Soghoian: Your smartphone is a civil rights issue

The smartphone you use reflects more than just personal taste ... it could determine how closely you can be tracked, too. Privacy expert and TED Fellow Christopher Soghoian details a glaring difference between the encryption used on Apple and Android devices and urges us to pay attention to a growing digital security divide. "If the only people ...

Claire Wardle: Can you outsmart a troll (by thinking like one)?

Your town is holding a mayoral election and the stakes have never been higher. You suspect one of the candidates will begin pushing false information to swing the election. As the cybersecurity expert, your job is to inoculate the townspeople against false information. First, you must learn the strategies of disinformation trolls. Claire Wardle ...

Will Hurd | TED Speaker

Congressman Will Hurd represents the 23rd District of Texas in the U.S. House of Representatives, serving constituents across 29 counties and two time zones from San Antonio to El Paso.


Chris Domas | TED Speaker

Chris Domas is an embedded systems engineer and cybersecurity researcher.

Cybersecurity researcher

Jennifer Granick | TED Speaker

Jennifer Granick fights for civil liberties in the age of surveillance and powerful digital technology.

Surveillance and cybersecurity counsel

P.W. Singer answers a key question on cybersecurity: How can I protect myself -- and the whole Internet?

At TED2009, military analyst P.W. Singer spoke about how drones are changing warfare. It was fascinating -- and sobering. This month, Singer directs our attention to a different way technology can intersect with malice in his new book, Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know, co-authored by Allan Friedman. Below, an excerpt tha...

Posted January 16, 2014

Eva Galperin | TED Speaker

Eva Galperin is director of cybersecurity for the online security organization Electronic Frontier Foundation, safeguarding the privacy of vulnerable populations.

Digital security expert

Laura Galante | TED Speaker

Laura Galante profiles advanced cyber threats and network breaches and investigates the political, military and financial implications of cyber operations.

Cyberspace analyst

TEDxUMD - an independently organized event

About this event: Come on out to hear eight speakers present on topics ranging from North Korea to cybersecurity to women empowerment. Doors open at 12:30PM. You won't want to miss it!

Event details: College Park, Maryland, United States · February 24, 2018

Why we must question the truth: Laura Galante speaks at TED2017

Accounts of hacking and leaks populated our newsfeeds in 2016 -- most notably, the compromise of the US Democratic National Committee (DNC) networks by Russian government hackers that fueled suspicion of a rigged nomination process. While the US voting public ate up the insider gossip and emails that the hack revealed, the bigger question we...

Posted April 24, 2017

TEDxTufts - an independently organized event

About this event: Our theme challenges those who come to our event to not only to take a second look at concepts that have settled into “normalcy,” but also tasks our viewers to consider sight itself, and how ones on position can affect the understanding of those same concepts. Whether it’s urban design, cybersecurity, or countless other concepts that we think we...

Event details: Somerville, Massachusetts, United States · March 11, 2018

A spacecraft’s final mission … and other news from TED speakers

Please enjoy your weekly roundup of TED-related news: Good luck and farewell to the Cassini spacecraft. Launched 20 years ago, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft will begin its final mission on April 26. The spacecraft will embark on a series of 22 dives through the space between Saturn and its rings, transmitting data that may help us understand...

Posted April 7, 2017

JR pastes up the past, a conference on the cybersecurity of medical devices, and the start of “space taxis”

The past two weeks have been busy for the members of the TED community. Some news highlights: Artist JR is bringing the past back to life with his new series “Unframed.” He has taken archival photos of the Ellis Island Immigrant Hospital in New York, closed since 1954, and pasted them up so that doctors who worked there appear to float in t...

Posted September 29, 2014

Barack Obama’s 2013 State of the Union: Talks for deeper thinking on the issues

President Barack Obama ended his 2013 State of the Union address just minutes ago saying, “We are citizens. It’s a word that doesn’t just describe our nationality or legal status. It describes the way we’re made … Well into our third century as a nation, it remains the task of us all, as citizens of these United States, to be the authors of the ...

Posted February 12, 2013

“The Dark Side”: Images and notes from Session 6 of TEDGlobal 2011

Underworld investigator Misha Glenny: "There are two types of companies in the world: those that know they've been hacked and those that don't." Photo: James Duncan Davidson / TED Cybersecurity expert Mikko Hypponen advocates for an "Internetpol" -- an Interpol for the net. He says: "In the vast majority of online attacks, we don't ev...

Posted July 14, 2011

TEDxUMD - an independently organized event

About this event: TEDxUMD is an on-campus student organization that is licensed to host annual TEDx conferences at the University of Maryland. This year, the 2017 TEDxUMD "Think Big" Conference takes place on Saturday, February 18, from 1 to 6PM, and features an eclectic range of eight speakers presenting on topics ranging from bees and solar energy to cybersecur...

Event details: College Park, Maryland, United States · February 18, 2017

TEDxHongKongSalon - an independently organized event

About this event: Is Asia Already the Epicenter Cyber Crime? Has Asia Been Breached? Commerce, Finance, Education, Health, Love, Logistics, Community... so many aspects of life are moving online faster and deeper than ever before with no signs of slowing down. At the same time, we have never felt less secure with incidents of phishing, rootkits, bots, DDoS att...

Event details: North Point, Hong Kong, Hong Kong · November 6, 2015

TED News in Brief: Krista Donaldson’s D-Rev gets big attention, Lawrence Lessig starts a 185-mile walk, and a new look at the TED controversy

Please enjoy your weekly roundup of TED-related news: This week, the New York Times took a look at Krista Donaldson’s nonprofit, D-Rev, which designs medical equipment for the developing world. (Watch her talk about their $80 prosthetic knees.) The article reads, "D-Rev is one of dozens of small Silicon Valley start-ups aiming to use marke...

Posted January 15, 2014

Hacktivism at the World Cup

Hacking is a term that prompts intense emotions, as we’ve seen in recent years with the likes of Kevin Mitnick, Evgeniy Bogachev and Sabu. But one thing’s clear: hackers can draw attention to important issues like nobody’s business. And by exposing weaknesses in our current online systems, they often help the web both evolve and improve. Such fo...

Posted June 10, 2014

The TED2013 speaker lineup revealed!

Today, we are absolutely ecstatic to announce the speaker program for TED2013, themed “The Young. The Wise. The Undiscovered.” With speakers ranging from a deep-sea explorer to a beatboxer, economists to a roboticist, from a photo journalists to an eco-designer to a yo-yo master, many of this year’s speakers have spent decades building their...

Posted January 10, 2013

TEDxUCU - an independently organized event

About this event: The 21st century is a unique time. Scientists invent various smart devices to improve our every day living and make it more comfortable. They help us with hard work, replace physical labor, help us to be more efficient in the modern pace of life. They incredibly transform our cities and countries. We want to see our communities prosperous and su...

Event details: Lviv, L'vivs'ka Oblast', Ukraine · September 13, 2018

Some hackers are bad. But a lot are good: Keren Elazari at TED2014

In 2010, the late security researcher -- or as cybersecurity expert Keren Elazari would like you to call him, the late hacker -- Barnaby Jack found a security flaw in two different models of automated teller machines (ATMs). Onstage at a tech security conference, he publicly demonstrated his ability to make these machines spit out paper mone...

Posted March 20, 2014

Why Obama should pardon NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden

Some people might not like his tactics, but Edward Snowden has done great things for privacy rights, says Freedom of the Press Foundation's Trevor Timm. That's why it's time for him to come home. Some of the biggest human rights organizations in the world -- the ACLU, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and others -- recently launched a c...

Posted October 4, 2016

Keren Elazari | TED Speaker

Keren Elazari charts the transformation of hackers from cyberpunk protagonists to powerful hacktivists, lone rangers and digital robin hoods who are the unsung heroes of the digital frontier.

Cybersecurity expert

TEDxDesMoines - an independently organized event

About this event: This event is a webcast showing of TEDGlobal 2011. We welcome anyone in Des Moines to stop by and enjoy the amazing talks, performances, and demonstrations taking place in Edinburgh, Scotland at TEDGlobal 2011. We will be webcasting this event from the downtown Des Moines Public Library, in Meeting Room One. Snacks and refreshments will be av...

Event details: Des Moines, Iowa, United States · July 13, 2011

TEDxBellarmineCollegePreparatory - an independently organized event

About this event: The TEDx program is designed to help communities, organizations and individuals spark conversation, and TEDx Bellarmine College Preparatory will follow that ideology. You can expect to hear engaging talks ranging from creativity in the classroom, to innovations in cybersecurity, and much more. We have lined up five fantastic speakers who will sh...

Event details: San Jose, California, United States · February 3, 2017

Peeking behind the curtain at Anonymous: Gabriella Coleman at TEDGlobal 2012

Anthropologist and academic Gabriella Coleman starts her talk with a simple-sounding question: "Who is Anonymous?" She promptly confesses that even after "exhilarating and extremely frustrating" years of studying the group, she still finds this question difficult to answer. First of all, it's not an organization with one or even a few lea...

Posted June 27, 2012

James Lyne | TED Speaker

Whether he’s taking on insecure hotspots, inept passwords, or lax OS designers, James Lyne exposes technology’s vulnerabilities while elevating the security awareness of everyday users.

Cybersecurity specialist

Mikko Hypponen | TED Speaker

As computer access expands, Mikko Hypponen asks: What's the next killer virus, and will the world be able to cope with it? And also: How can we protect digital privacy in the age of government surveillance?

Cybersecurity expert

Pattern Makers: Notes from Session 2 of TEDWomen 2019

In Session 2 of TEDWomen 2019, we met some extraordinary pattern makers: people helping us predict the future, improve our relationship to technology and unearth powerful discoveries. The event: TEDWomen 2019, Session 2: Pattern Makers, hosted by Pat Mitchell and Cloe Shasha When and where: Thursday, December 5, 2019, 8:30AM PT, at La ...

Posted December 5, 2019

One move ahead: The talks of Session 1 of TED2017

TED2017 begins with a manifesto: "We will not sleepwalk into a future of dread. Instead we will pursue: courage, deep human connection, imagination, thrilling possibility, understanding. The Future You is yet to be written. Let's write it together." In a comprehensive opening session -- hosted by TED's Head Curator, Chris Anderson, and st...

Posted April 25, 2017

The TED Talk that inspired Caitlyn Jenner, a water-drop computer, reflections on the early days of the Internet and more

There’s a lot of news to share from the TEDizens of the world in the past month. Just a few highlights: Monica Lewinsky inspires Caitlyn Jenner. As Caitlyn Jenner introduces herself to the world, and navigates the media frenzy surrounding her new life, she has Monica Lewinsky’s TED Talk in the back of her mind. In Vanity Fair’s much-discussed p...

Posted June 10, 2015

TEDxMidWest: Hidden Gems - an independently organized event

About this event: This year TEDxMidwest has 35 world class speakers and one of the best audiences in Chicago. The feedback we hear most often from our previous events is that it’s “one of the best events ever in Chicago”. This year will be even better. TEDxMidwest runs Thursday, May 2 from 1pm-6pm and Friday, May 3 from 9am-6pm at the Harris Theater in Millen...

Event details: Chicago, Illinois, United States · May 2, 2013

Internet access is a basic human right: A Q&A with Keren Elazari

Two weeks ago, hours after Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan vowed to “wipe out” Twitter, his government blocked access to the platform across the country. It was just weeks before a hotly contended election, and Erdoğan was upset about tweets accusing him of corruption. A judicial ruling in Turkey called for Twitter to take down the...

Posted April 2, 2014

Meet the 2015 class of TED Fellows and Senior Fellows

We are thrilled to announce the new class of Fellows for TED2015. These 21 game-changing thinkers represent 15 countries—including, for the first time in our program, Vietnam, Romania and Tunisia. They work across disciplines, at the forefront of their fields. They include a South African physicist using lasers to target HIV and cancer; a Germ...

Posted December 17, 2014

The Big Idea: What your casual online behavior reveals to hackers (and what to do about it)

It seems these days, everybody’s getting hacked. With so much of our most sensitive information stored on servers in some remote part of the world, it seems concerningly easy for malicious hackers to worm their way past secure firewalls and into bank accounts, credit card databases, corporate emails and even hospital systems. On a global avera...

Posted October 3, 2017

Humanity is more important than money -- it's time for capitalism to get an upgrade

What capitalism prioritizes, the world does more of. So how can we change capitalism so that it focuses on what humans really want and need? Entrepreneur Andrew Yang has a surprising proposal. Think of the activities on the list below: Parenting or caring for loved ones Teaching or nurturing children Creating art, music, dance Working in ...

Posted July 13, 2018

Why is voting in the US so difficult?

It is no exaggeration to say that the American election system is complicated. Just look at the recounts, and think about your own voting experiences. Here’s what's needed to bring the US into the 21st century -- and help bring every citizen to the polls. Take a moment, and think about the last time you sent or received a fax. For me, it was a ...

Posted November 20, 2018

TEDxVail - an independently organized event

About this event: }yes{. In a world where all things are possible, TEDxVail shapes a healthier Vail Valley with unbridled optimism and incremental changemaking. We create a happier world by saying }yes{. Beyond the limited (knowledge, resources, time) we Xplore the limitless (imagination, creativity, curiosity). This year's event will focus on that productive te...

Event details: Vail, Colorado, United States · February 10, 2018

Drones, war, science fiction, cybercrime. A conversation with an expert in the future of warfare

In 2009, political scientist P.W. Singer gave a TED Talk in which he predicted that the growing use of robots in war would change the realities of combat. Four years, and thousands of US drone strikes later, he talks to journalist Matthew Power; an edited version of their conversation follows. Matthew Power: In a recent article you discussed ...

Posted November 20, 2013

Anna Piperal: What a digital government looks like

What if you never had to fill out paperwork again? In Estonia, this is a reality: citizens conduct nearly all public services online, from starting a business to voting from their laptops, thanks to the nation's ambitious post-Soviet digital transformation known as "e-Estonia." One of the program's experts, Anna Piperal, explains the key design ...

Patrick Chappatte: A free world needs satire

We need humor like we need the air we breathe, says editorial cartoonist Patrick Chappatte. In a talk illustrated with highlights from a career spent skewering everything from dictators and ideologues to selfies and social media mobs, Chappatte makes a resounding, often hilarious case for the necessity of satire. "Political cartoons were born wi...

James Lyne: Everyday cybercrime -- and what you can do about it

How do you pick up a malicious online virus, the kind of malware that snoops on your data and taps your bank account? Often, it's through simple things you do each day without thinking twice. James Lyne reminds us that it's not only the NSA that's watching us, but ever-more-sophisticated cybercriminals, who exploit both weak code and trusting hu...

Dan Schulman: What COVID-19 means for the future of commerce, capitalism and cash

Capitalism needs an upgrade, says PayPal CEO Dan Schulman, and it starts with paying people enough to actually invest in their futures. He discusses why companies need to cultivate trust to recover and rebuild after the COVID-19 pandemic -- and how we can use this defining moment to create a more inclusive, ethical economy. (This virtual convers...

Rafał Zabierowski: ZŁOMBOL, czyli jak pomagać i się przy tym bawić

Rafał Zabierowski - do perfekcji opanował sposób przemieszczania się po kraju - efektywnie i wygodnie. Jednak raz w roku jest taki dzień …. a w zasadzie tydzień, który zmienia wszystko. Czas płynie inaczej, a komfort zamienia się na piękną przygodę. Od 3 lat uczestnik największego na świecie rajdu charytatywnego ZŁOBOL. Kapitan załogi 20-letnieg...

Shauna Sobers: The Dance of Leadership

How many of us here have been in a position to lead others? Leadership isn’t always the most straightforward, or a one-size-fits-all concept. In her talk, Dr. Shauna Sobers, an Assistant Director for Residence with over 10 years of experience in Latin partnered dancing, gives a refreshing take on how to glide through being a leader by incorporat...

Sławomir Zubrzycki: The Da Vinci Sound

Slawomir Zubrzycki has gained worldwide acclaim after bringing to life an instrument first designed by Leonardo Da Vinci himself. He found passion and inspiration not from recent trends and innovations, but from centuries old ideas proving that history does in fact have something valuable to teach us. Slawomir played his first concert at the rip...

Shawn Sobers: Ethiopian Echoes on the Bath landscape

Are we the product of where we live and how does it affect the way we choose to live our lives? As increasing numbers of people are displaced by war and environmental effects how our communities welcoming them? Shawn Sobers looks to the past to explore how Haile Selassie exile served to create new ties and build ties between distant communities

Pauline Siebers: How to Perceive Miracles

Miracles are often perceived as huge happenings. The kind of stuff that doesn’t happen to the ordinary Jane or Joe. Pauline Siebers disagrees, and shares how a change in perception can turn everyday situations into miracles.

101 books to dive into this summer: a massive reading list

Here's a huge list of TED speaker-recommended books, with all the diversity of titles and topics you might expect. No matter your mood, preference or occasion, we’ve got you covered. When you’re lying in the sun Any book by Isaac Asimov I have stacks of collections of science-fiction short stories. I grab these before getting on a long f...

Posted June 21, 2017

Daniel Garrie: Defining cyberwarfare... in hopes of preventing it

Can you imagine a future where wars are fought not with bombs and bullets but computer viruses and pacemaker shutdowns? Cyberware is unique in that it is not covered by existing legal framework and it often inspires more questions than we are yet capable of answering. Daniel Garrie ponders some of the practical and ethical dilemmas that may pop ...

Laura Galante: How (and why) Russia hacked the US election

Hacking, fake news, information bubbles ... all these and more have become part of the vernacular in recent years. But as cyberspace analyst Laura Galante describes in this alarming talk, the real target of anyone looking to influence geopolitics is dastardly simple: it's you.

Marco Annunziata: Welcome to the age of the industrial internet

Everyone's talking about the "Internet of Things," but what exactly does that mean for our future? In this thoughtful talk, economist Marco Annunziata looks at how technology is transforming the industrial sector, creating machines that can see, feel, sense and react -- so they can be operated far more efficiently. Think: airplane parts that sen...

Tiana Epps-Johnson: What's needed to bring the US voting system into the 21st century

The American election system is complicated, to say the least -- but voting is one of the most tangible ways that each of us can shape our communities. How can we make the system more modern, inclusive and secure? Civic engagement champion Tiana Epps-Johnson shares what's needed to bring voting in the US into the 21st century -- and to get every...

6 basic tips for better online security, from TED speaker James Lyne

In today’s talk, Lyne talks cybercrime, revealing some of the new methods that hackers and malicious code writers are using to grab our data. And he shows how we accidentally share that data -- without even realizing it. For example, did you know that most smartphones embed GPS data in the photos we take? He asks, “As we play with these shiny ...

Posted September 16, 2013

How to spy on hackers: James Lyne at TED2013

Cybersecurity specialist James Lyne takes the TED2013 stage to show us some of the newest and nastiest creations that cybercriminals have designed to steal data, make off with billions of dollars, watch people through their webcams and target power and utility companies. Every day, he says, about 250,000 new pieces of malware are created and...

Posted February 28, 2013

TEDxStanford: Turning Point - an independently organized event

About this event: TEDxStanford 2015: Turning Point brought to the stage some of Stanford's most accomplished pioneers in the arts, science, medicine and social sciences for an incomparable day of short talks and world-class performances. From how neuroscience can make an old brain young, to why cybersecurity is different than any other security threat we have...

Event details: Stanford, California, United States · May 17, 2015

Who will talk at TED2014? The speaker lineup, revealed!

TED2014 is our 30th-anniversary conference, and the speaker lineup is -- in a word -- thrilling. Speakers will touch on topics ranging from technology, entertainment, design and education to climate change, architecture, music, physics, parenting, typography, fireflies and the Golden Gate Bridge. Randall Munroe of xkcd will talk about his passio...

Posted January 30, 2014

TEDxFSCJSalon - an independently organized event

About this event: The power of innovation reaches beyond mere technology. At its core, innovation is about questioning conventional wisdom, disrupting existing markets, and challenging theoretical assumptions. Innovation requires us to create new networks among people, places, and ideas, and to overcome the fear that inevitably attends change. Join TEDxFSCJ fo...

Event details: Jacksonville, Florida, United States · November 2, 2018

An ode to lunch ladies, a park underneath the streets of New York, and an attempt to put the 'awe' back in 'awesome': A recap of TED@NYC

TED@NYC is not your usual TED event. Hosted in a New York City club, speakers here—many of whom responded to an open audition call—give rapid-fire, five-minute talks. Below, a recap of each speaker who took the stage last night during this inspiring evening. The internet can be a place of intelligent conversation, or a place of rumors and...

Posted July 9, 2014

Barbra Streisand, Peter Gabriel and Mikko Hypponen pick their must-see TED Talks

We in the TED office still cannot quite believe that our website has seen a billion video views. To celebrate this milestone, we reached out to 24 top personalities in the fields of technology, entertainment and design, asking them to curate a playlist of the TED Talks they want the world to watch, stat. So far we’ve shared lists from Bill G...

Posted November 15, 2012

TEDxPresidio - an independently organized event

About this event: Group viewing of delayed simulcast video stream of the TEDGlobal Wednesday, July 13, 2011 session Speaker Schedule 8:30 – 10:15 Session 4: Future Billions Niall Ferguson Historian Yasheng Huang Political economist Robin Ince Comedian Josette Sheeran Anti-hunger leader 11:00 – 12:45 Session 5: Emerging Order Matt Ridley Rational ...

Event details: San Francisco, California, United States · July 13, 2011