Cybersecurity and artificial intelligence speaker, Misha Glenny, is a British journalist who specialises in southeastern Europe, global organised crime, and cybersecurity. Glenny is the son of the Russian studies academic Michael Glenny. He was educated at an independent school, Magdalen College School, in Oxford, and studied at the University of Bristol and Prague’s Charles University before becoming Central Europe Correspondent for The Guardian and later the BBC.
He specialised in reporting on the Yugoslav wars in the early 1990s that followed the breakup of Yugoslavia. While at the BBC, Glenny won 1993’s Sony Gold Award for his ‘outstanding contribution to broadcasting’. He wrote three books about Central and Eastern Europe. In McMafia, he wrote that international organised crime could account for 15% of the world’s GDP.
Glenny advised the US and some European governments on policy issues and for three years ran an NGO helping with the reconstruction of Serbia, Macedonia and Kosovo. Glenny appeared in the 2011 documentary film, Raw Opium: Pain, Pleasure, Profits. Since January 2012, Glenny has been visiting professor at Columbia University’s Harriman Institute, teaching a course on ‘crime in transition’.
In an interview in October 2011 he also spoke about his new book, DarkMarket; assessing cybercriminals with Simon Baron-Cohen at Cambridge; the Stuxnet cyberattack which resulted in ‘gloves off’ attention from governments; and other more recent cyberattacks. Glenny serves as an executive producer on the BBC/AMC miniseries McMafia, inspired by his 2008 book of the same name.
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