The London Conference

Plenary Session Five: A New Connectivity: Technology and International Policy

Friday 22 June, 1130 - 1230


The context
Technology in its widest sense is proving both creative and destructive. It grows some jobs and wipes out others. It generates connections and personal networks but can destroy privacy. It can be a force for democracy or an enforcer of dictatorship. It can mobilise and disseminate objective data or subvert electoral processes. It can help deal with security challenges and create enormous systemic vulnerabilities.

The conversation
In the realm of international affairs, most attention has arguably fallen on the destructive, risk-amplifying aspects of technology. Insufficient thought has been devoted to how technology can be enlisted in developing solutions to international policy challenges. The capacity for Artificial Intelligence to aid preparation and responses to natural or human disasters has been established. Technology is already being utilized for reskilling workers and adapting supply chains to boost productivity, transparency and employment.  What are the other areas in which these kinds of solutions can be replicated? What are the roles of state, civil and private actors, and where are the opportunities for collaboration?


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