To compete and thrive in the 21st century, democracies, and the United States in particular, must develop new national security and economic strategies that address the geopolitics of information. In the 20th century, market capitalist democracies geared infrastructure, energy, trade, and even social policy to protect and advance that era’s key source of power—manufacturing. In this century, democracies must better account for information geopolitics across all dimensions of domestic policy and national strategy.
The Boston Tech Hub Faculty Working Group, hosted by former Secretary of Defense and Belfer Center Director Ash Carter and Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Dean Frank Doyle, holds monthly discussion-based meetings that explore and answer the question:
How do we resolve the dilemmas posed to public good and public purpose that are created by technology’s unstoppable advances?
These meetings are an opportunity for faculty members from across Harvard, MIT, and other universities, as well as industry experts and leaders from government and civic society, to both evaluate the impacts of an emerging technology and to exchange interdisciplinary approaches to shape its development. Furthermore, by gathering, developing connections, and advancing new ideas, this community will be the place that shapes the future of technological advancement.
In the fall semester, Faculty Working Group sessions focus on specific emerging and disruptive technologies in various stages of development—from early applied science to commercially available products. The technologies also each raise different policy questions and impact different dimensions of public purpose or societal values. The spring semester sessions build upon topics and questions raised during the fall by exploring potential policy proposals to help shape a future in which technology serves humanity as a whole.
The second session of the spring semester is on the topic of Chinese technology companies and state funding of American academic institutions, and their effects on American national security. The session will examine the issues around the relationships between the Chinese Communist Party and the country’s private sector; China’s influence and actions on American academic institutions; how these efforts may negatively affect America’s national security; and what should be done to mitigate national security risks.