Lowell Lecture

Great Decisions | Cyber Conflicts and Geopolitics

Date & Time

Feb. 27, 2019 at 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.


Boston Public Library - Rabb Lecture Hall
700 Boylston Street Boston, MA 02116
Driving Directions


Gus Coldebella, Chief Legal Officer at Circle

Presenting Organization



Current Affairs Politics


Elise Pitcairn, Manager of Operations and Global Engagement Programs (events@worldboston.org, (617) 542-8995)

Cyber conflict is a new and continually developing threat, which can include foreign interference in elections, industrial sabotage and attacks on infrastructure. Russia has been accused of interfering in the 2016 presidential elections in the United States and China is highly committed to using cyberspace as a tool of national policy. Dealing with cyber conflict will require new ways of looking at 21st century warfare. Is the United States prepared to respond to such threats?

Gus Coldebella is the Chief Legal Officer at Circle, a global crypto finance company, where he is responsible for all legal, compliance, regulatory, and government affairs. Coldebella’s work in crypto finance and regulation complements his experience in homeland and cyber security. From 2005 to 2009, he was the Deputy General Counsel, then the acting General Counsel, of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, focusing on all major security issues confronting the nation. As the department’s top lawyer, he helped lead implementation of President Bush’s Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative, designed to shore up the government’s civilian networks from attack and to promote information sharing between the public and private sector.