Money is not the only reason somebody can be taken hostage. It’s important to know the other motives for how and why targets are selected. Today’s guest is Rachel Briggs. Rachel has spent the last two decades as a writer, analyst, and strategist working with corporations, governments, and international NGOs developing security. She was the first director of Hostage International and the founding executive director of Hostage US. Rachel co-chairs the European commission’s group that is working on tackling online extremism. The report she wrote, “The Business of Resilience,” has become the blueprint for corporate security management.
Danny O’Brien has been an activist for online free speech and privacy for over 20 years. In his home country of the UK, he fought against repressive anti-encryption law and co-founded the Open Rights Group. He is now the Director of Strategy at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) where he supervises medium and long-term strategy with an eye to maintaining the organization’s global impact and reputation.