Briefing Room
David Ignatius


Register for the 2018 I/S Symposium: National Security, Emerging Technologies, and the Law

March 7, 2018 | Events

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The 2018 I/S Symposium

“National Security, Emerging Technologies, and the Law” is a multidisciplinary exploration of emerging technologies that have profound implications for our national security and which pose important issues of both law and policy. Although lawyers and elected policy makers may have little understanding of the technical issues regarding cybersecurity or emerging capabilities in artificial intelligence, quantum computing, and cryptography, both the public and private sectors need to prepare for the global role such technologies will increasingly play.

Panels on Friday, March 23, 2018 will explain the new technologies and explore their national security implications. Experts will consider whether the U.S. has the optimal institutional arrangements in place for both effective defense and strategic decision-making, and whether our government has the skills and personnel adequate to stay ahead of the technology. The day’s discussion is intended to shed light on what roles government needs the private sector and the academy to play, and the kinds of oversight and public input will be necessary to assure legal and political accountability for decision making regarding new technologies in the national security domain. Panels on Saturday morning, March 24, 2018, will discuss how the role of technology in national security can effectively be taught in law schools, as well as the role of ethics in the use of national security technologies.

Our lunch hour keynote speaker on Friday, March 23, will be best-selling author and award-winning journalist David Ignatius, who will engage in conversation on the writing of both fiction and nonfiction focused on technology and national security.

Our conference represents a collaboration between I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy with the Standing Committee on Law and National Security (SCOLANS) of the American Bar Association. It is co-sponsored by the Moritz College of Law, and the College’s Center for Interdisciplinary Law and Policy Studies and its Program on Data and Governance.