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.”
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Around the world, individuals, groups, and organizations are striving to make advances in technology more inclusive, safer, and fairer.
When the development and deployment of technology is grounded in the greater good of humanity, these efforts—which are often ignored in news headlines—should be acknowledged and encouraged.
We envision a future in which technology is transformative, but not at the expense of our values and social cohesion. By highlighting examples that protect our societal values, we hope to foster a broader tech culture that embraces responsibility for its inventions and actively works to secure the foundational values of society.
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