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Future Intelligence (Fi) is an internet-based news site and think tank, that produces high quality reports, videos, audio and podcasts that is also responsible for the technology radio programme PassW0rd, an hour-long monthly examination of the ramifications of technology broadcast in the South-East of England on Resonance FM on the second Wednesday of every month.

Fi is also responsible for the annual AI conference hosted by the Institution of Engineering Technology at its central London Thames-side headquarters in Savoy Place.

Fi and its sister organisation the Cyber Security Research Institute works by producing original, independent and insightful material into the issues thrown up by technology and bringing them to the attention of politicians, opinion-formers and decision makers to ensure that technology works in the interests of humanity and not to its detriment. This work has been sponsored by some of the leading technology companies in Europe, the UK and the USA, ranging from security companies like McAfee and F-Secure to telecommunication companies like BT and the leading global law firm Cooley. The value of the work of Fi and the CSRI has been recognised by the UK’s House of Lords and Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre.

Reports and videos produced by Fi have achieved significant results and gained considerable media attention and promoted a positive brand profile for the companies that have sponsored our work:

Hard Drive investigations – Our investigations into the data lost on hard drives by our sister organisation the Cyber Security Research Institute have all resulted in significant media attention. The first was first the revelation from the first one that it had turned up Sir Paul McCartney’s account details made it onto the front page of the Daily Express under the headline: ‘Secrets of McCartney Bank Cash Leaked,’ and got top billing on the Channel 4 news bulletin, and is still mentioned when the subject of data loss comes up. The CSRI’s second investigation into the loss of data: ‘company secrets sold on E-Bay’ was sponsored by BT and according to research carried out by the company was worth £350,000 in publicity to BT and was applauded by GetSafeOnline

CSRI’s final investigation into hard drives ‘Ghosts from the machines’ was sponsored by the Asset Disposal and Information Security Alliance and once again received national coverage.

Wi-Fi research – The CSRI also carried out ground-breaking research into the safety of public Wi-Fi sponsored by the cyber security company F-Secure. The project demonstrated the remarkable lengths that people will go to obtain Wi-Fi access and how insecure that can be. Dubbed ‘the Herod Clause’ the report ‘Tainted love: How Wi-Fi betrays us’ and accompanying video went viral on the internet achieving international coverage in both broadcast and print media as well as on innumerable websites, as Rebecca Kiely F-Secure’s PR manager for EMEA and USA put it: “The Herod Clause is one of F-Secure’s most successful campaigns and it all stemmed from an idea from Peter Warren. His in-depth knowledge of the subject matter, plus ability to pull together an elite team to drive the project forward, meant that we were in a safe pair of hands. The videos got over 250,000 hits in the first week and we are still receiving coverage of the experiment four years later – the results speak for themselves.”

The Herod Clause has now been adopted as a legal term and the report was endorsed by Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre.

Think tank reports – Fi carries out in-depth projects on behalf of organisations such at the European think-tank Netopia

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Editor

Peter Warren – peter@futureintelligence.co.uk

+44 7751-013814 mobile

Peter Warren is an award winning investigative journalist with a specialism in computer security.

Jane Whyatt – Broadcast Editor, Jane is an award winning BBC producer and former head of journalism education at Westminster University, she has overall responsibility for the PassW0rd Radio show on ResonanceFM to contact Jane email her at: jane.whyatt@futureintelligence.co.uk

Research team

Blue Buffery – Radio and podcast producer. Blue produces Future Intelligence’s PassW0rd radio show on London’s Resonance FM – described by ‘The Guardian’ as the capital’s best radio station – she also produces bespoke podcasts based on interviews with industry experts and thought leaders: blue.buffery@futureintelligence.co.uk

Bradford Davis – Cyber security researcher and internet culture expert. Brad works on online investigations on the internet and the dark web producing original material for Future Intelligence and the Cyber Security Research Institute, newsletters, websites and conference debates: bradford.davis@futureintelligence.co.uk

Charlotte Rowntree – Innovations and Multi-Media researcher: Charlotte has deep interest in the new and the different, who covers both gadgets and developments Charlotte is also responsible for FI’s new work in social media, and the development of multi-media tools: charlotte.rowntree@futureintelligence.co.uk

Commentators and expert panel

Colin Duffy – Telecoms: info@futureintelligence.co.uk

Colin, a former board member of  BT’s Internet and New Media Division, is an expert on the computer games industry. Memorably for a short period of time a dotcom millionaire and currently CEO of the business telecoms specialist Voipfone, Colin sits on the telecoms industry body ITSPA.

Len Hynds – Crime: info@futureintelligence.co.uk

Len, who rose to the rank of Chief Constable is the former head of the UK’s first National High Tech Crime Unit, which he set up with the aid of Neil Barrett, which was notably successful in that it managed to sell the concept of cyber police to a sceptical  business community.

Professor Andrew Jones – Forensics: Andy is a former Army Captain and an expert on computer forensics he currently holds the chair in forensics at Kustar University, while on sabbatical from his post as head of computer security research at BT’s Martlesham Heath Labs.

Richard Pearson – Transport and Alternative Energy: info@futureintelligence.co.uk

Richard is one of the UK’s leading engine designers and an expert on the environment and alternative energy sources

Patrick Tyrell – Defence: info@futureintelligence.co.uk

Pat is a former Royal Navy Commander and is currently a director of Vale Atlantic.

Trainees

Thomas James – Trainee journalist: thomas@futureintelligence.co.uk