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The Promise and Perils of Big Tech

Despite the challenges that technological innovations like artificial intelligence and autonomous drones pose to governance and society, they will continue to emerge. In the absence of any global agreement, there is still an opportunity for governments to seize on the benefits these advances might bring, while encouraging their ethical and democratic use.

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    The War in Ukraine Is a Gamechanger for Drones and UAVs

    The War in Ukraine Is a Gamechanger for Drones and UAVs

    The military utility of unmanned aerial vehicles is still a work in progress, and the saturation of conflict zones with these systems will require changes in tactics and doctrine.

    Tech Regulation, Internet Governance and Dissent

    Nations are struggling in their effort to strike a balance between digital freedom and protecting people from the dangers that the internet and information technology can unleash—from hate speech to attacks on privacy.

    Artificial Intelligence, Crypto and Tech Protectionism

    AI is not a single technology, but a range of applications, including facial recognition and natural language processing. Though the true advent of AI remains on the horizon, the race is already on among the great powers to take the lead in developing its potential, with implications for the global balance of power.

    Drones, Autonomous Weapons and “Killer Robots”

    Like much technology, drones bring great promise, including the ability to deliver medicines and other supplies to remote locations. But they are primarily associated with warfare and especially the United States’ expanded and controversial use of them over the past decade in the Middle East and Africa.

    Cyberattacks and the Challenge of Securing Cyberspace

    Attention has long been focused on state actors in cyberspace, particularly with regard to espionage and military uses of the cyber domain. But a series of high-profile ransomware attacks on critical infrastructure in the U.S. and elsewhere has shifted attention to cybercrime committed by hackers unaffiliated with governments.

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