• ISIL? Torture porn? Dashcam crashes? Failblog? We are what we internet

    While technology itself may be amoral, the actions facilitated through it plainly are not. We are becoming what we are fighting, and technology is helping.


    by Jason Thomas

    Emerging Technology: The New Battlespace

    A portion of a talk I recently gave at Sandia National Laboratories focused on emerging technology issues and how they impact counter-intelligence and counter-terrorism missions.

    Hurtcore Porn and the Dark Web: Why We Need an Ethics of Technology

    Lately, we’ve become so infatuated with creating the next big thing, rushing headlong into crafting new technologies that we’ve neglected to think through the ethics of it.


    by Jason Thomas

  • WHO I AM

    Yeah that's me.

    I like to do cool things.

    What gets me out of bed in the morning are the people that make the world move. I want to help them move it.


    Some folks think I know things about emerging technology, internet culture, data science, cryptocurrencies, identity, social data, gaming, and crowdsourcing and occasionally ask me to talk about them.


    I currently lead Innovation at Thomson Reuters Special Services. I also serve as the Manager of Innovation for Thomson Reuters Government. Before I came to Thomson Reuters, I did lots of other stuff.


    You can find my bio here.


    I work with governments, private industry, and non-governmental organizations to identify threats and opportunities that will shape the future. 

    Chief, Innovation

    Thomson Reuters Special Services combines industry expertise with innovative technology to deliver critical information to leading decision makers.

    Task Force Member

    The Digital Economy Task Force (DETF) was developed to focus on the benefits and risks surrounding the digital economy. The focus areas for the task force working groups include safeguarding human rights, regulation, inter-agency coordination and law enforcement. Our most recent report can be found here. Additional information on the DETF can be found here.

    Team Member

    A collaborative effort of private and public sector experts to navigate the complexties and future of identity theft. Our most recent reports can be found here, here, and here. Our 2013 reports can be found here and here.

    Member, Council on Technology and Innovation 

    INSA is the premier intelligence and national security organization that provides a unique venue for collaboration, networking and examination of policy issues and solutions.

    Advisory Board Member

    Coin Center is a non-profit research and advocacy center focused on the public policy issues facing cryptocurrency technologies such as Bitcoin. Our mission is to build a better understanding of these technologies and to promote a regulatory climate that preserves the freedom to innovate using blockchain technologies. 


    How New Technologies Empower Bad Actors

    Big Data, Bad Actors, a conference produced by the Atlantic Council's Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security and Thomson Reuters, explored how bad actors use big data and other disruptive technologies to impact global events in a strategically significant way.

    Tor, Bitcoin, Silk Road and the Anonymous Web: Drugs, Bombs and Murder-for-Hire

    Tor lets people communicate anonymously. Bitcoin lets them pay their way anonymously. The anonymous web (i.e. Silk Road) provides an online marketplace for drugs, stolen credit cards, child pornography, contract killings and corporate espionage. These technologies and countless others like them are testing the limits of the law and of our rights to privacy and anonymity.

    MIT's Into The Future with Jason Thomas

    Dazza Greenwood, of MIT speaks with Jason Thomas of Thomson Reuters, an international thought leader on crowdsourcing, social data, virtual environments, digital currencies and mobile applications in the context of national security and intelligence.


    "Noticeably nerdy for video games and technology, Thomas’s presentation was a delightful, and sometimes unnerving, analysis of how technology, particularly the Internet, is changing the future of crime."

    — Kim Faber, LegalTalkNetwork

    "With a curriculum vita that includes creation of the FBI’s Internet Crime Center, Jason Thomas has been utilizing social data for government in innovative ways since 2000."

    — Sarah Jane Coffey, Blogger

    "(Thomas) has spent most of his career studying hackers and Internet security."

    — Shane Harris, National Journal


    Loads of cash. Gold-plated guns. Pet tigers. If you want to know what the narco-trafficking life is like, you only need to load up Instagram or Twitter and take a look. Found under hashtags like #elchapoguzman, #chinoantrax, and #lujosdelnarco, there a number of accounts which post pictures of...
    The film Sneakers is one of the most underrated hacker movies in modern cinematic history. In many ways, it presaged the now cliché tropes that cybersecurity gurus pull out whenever we have a large data breach or hack. For example, the villain Cosmo — portrayed by the brilliant Ben Kingsley —...
    On January 27, seventh-grader Nicole Lovell barricaded the door to her bedroom and then snuck out the window, taking her Minions blanket and a water bottle. Her body was found three days later, just over the North Carolina border. The 13-year-old had been murdered. Two Virginia Tech students,...
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