This week, the United States Naval Academy hosts the 54th Annual Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference (NAFAC). The focus of this year’s event is “Human Security in the Information Age” – a topic ideally-suited for Thomson Reuters and the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC) to present findings of the Digital Economy Task Force (DETF).

DETF co-chairs Steve Rubley, managing director of the Government segment of Thomson Reuters, and Ernie Allen, president and CEO of ICMEC, presented findings of the DETF report on the digital economy and its impact on illegal activity, including money laundering, narcotics, weapons, stolen goods, human trafficking and sexual exploitation of children.

Rubley and Allen also shared key recommendations to bolster current regulations, while strengthening the role of law enforcement, to confront illegal acts committed through the digital economy.

The full DETF report is available on

Each year, NAFAC brings together naval students from around the world to provide them with “a sophisticated understanding of current affairs” that they may encounter on duty. Other speakers of note at this year’s event include President Bill Clinton and former director of the NSA and CIA, General Michael V. Hayden.

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