“I use ‘disruptive’ in both its good and bad connotations. Disruptive scientific and technological progress is not to me inherently good or inherently evil. But its arc is for us to shape. Technology’s progress is furthermore in my judgment unstoppable. But it is quite incorrect that it unfolds inexorably according to its own internal logic and the laws of nature.”
Eleanor Freund is a 2017-2018 Associate at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Her research focuses on U.S.-China relations, Chinese foreign policy, and Asia-Pacific security issues. From 2015 to 2017, she was a Research Assistant at the Belfer Center. She is currently a Schwarzman Scholar at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, and will begin a Ph.D. in Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in August 2018.
Prior to joining the Belfer Center, Eleanor was a Junior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C. and a student at the Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies at Tsinghua University in Beijing. She earned a B.A. in political science, with highest honors, from the University of California, Berkeley in 2013.Last Updated: Jul 7, 2017, 4:00pm