Public Session 3:

The Global Race for Technological Superiority: Shifting Paradigms in the Age of AI and Cybersecurity

We are living in a world continually being transformed by digital connectivity with revolutionary advances in technology set to change the way we live and work in ways that we perhaps currently cannot foresee. Advances in quantum engineering and engineered biology stand to change the nature of entire industries. Massive volumes of data combined with ever-increasing computer power and advances in data science will entail the integration of artificial intelligence into almost every aspect of our daily lives. Yet, technological advancements also spark debates around their impacts on the individual and society, underscoring the complexities of techno-governance. Rather than referring to regulation only, techno-governance entails the consideration of a wider range of issues, including the execution of political, economic, and administrative authority in the development, diffusion, and operation of technology in societies. Pertaining to multi-actor collaboration among public, private, and civil society agents, techno-governance appears as a key issue in the digital age to manage the opportunities and risks inherent in technological development.

Discussion Themes

What are the key challenges associated with the use of new technologies in governance?
How can we achieve transparent and free techno-governance? How can the negative societal effects of new technologies be mitigated? What should be the extent of regulations in technogovernance?
What are the biggest cyber security threats in today’s world? What impact do they have on the international order and national security? What are the challenges they pose to democratic governance?
As technology continues to advance, what does the future of cybersecurity hold?
How did techno-governance evolve through the Covid-19 pandemic?
What are the promising and challenging aspects of AI technologies on the future of technogovernance?