The overarching question imparting urgency to this exploration is: Can U.S.-Russian contention in cyberspace cause the two nuclear superpowers to stumble into war? In considering this question we were constantly reminded of recent comments by a prominent U.S. arms control expert: At least as dangerous as the risk of an actual cyberattack, he observed, is cyber operations’ “blurring of the line between peace and war.” Or, as Nye wrote, “in the cyber realm, the difference between a weapon and a non-weapon may come down to a single line of code, or simply the intent of a computer program’s user.”
Technology is shaped by many hands along the way: those who are part of technology development process, those who fund projects and companies, and those who decide how to put technology to use; and that technology then shapes a range of outcomes for society. To ensure those outcomes truly benefit the public, we must—all of us—shift our relationship to technology —how we build it, fund it, and use it.
Their conversation will explore the implications of the use, creation, and funding of technology and how social impact organizations, technologists, funders, policymakers, and—most importantly—communities can accelerate change for the better.
The Technology and Public Purpose (TAPP) Project is pleased to present this event in collaboration with the Berkman Klein Center to highlight Bruce's new book (with Amy Sample Ward) The Tech That Comes Next.
Afua Bruce, Author, The Tech That Comes Next and Non-resident Fellow, Technology and Public Purpose Project, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Amritha Jayanti, Associate Director, Technology and Public Purpose Project
Sue Hendrickson, Executive Director, Berkman Klein Center
We suggest attendees read the excerpt of The Tech That Comes Next up on Porchlight Books.
Additional information about the book and recommended resources may be found at thetechthatcomesnext.com/resources.