Interview with Kayla Izenman, AOMD Episode 021 – Natasha Bajema

Interview with Kayla Izenman, AOMD Episode 021

Welcome to the episode number 21 of the Authors of Mass Destruction podcast. My name is Natasha Bajema, aka WMDgirl on Twitter. I’m a fiction author, national security expert and your host for this podcast.

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  • Personal update – Only two more episodes before I take a one-month vacation. I expect to be back on the air the Sunday after Labor Day and am planning to focus more on biological weapons this next season.
  • Two headlines this week highlighting the convergence between hacking and digitization.
    • Hacked Autonomous Vehicles: Who May Be Liable for Damages?”report published by RAND on July 12.
      • The promises of autonomous vehicles – less traffic, less accidents, more convenient travel by road
      • Autonomous or self-driving vehicles – if they have an accident, who is liable? If they are hacked, who is liable?
  • Let’s get to the interview. This week, I talk to Kayla Izenman, a Research Analyst for the Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies at Royal United Services Institute in the United Kingdom. She has a BA in International Relations and has done internships at the U.S. Department of Commerce and Department of State. She’s recently co-written a report on North Korea’s use of cryptocurrency to fund its nefarious activities.

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