To Learn About the 2018 Governance of Emerging Conference


The Fifth Annual Conference on Governance of Emerging Technologies:

Law, Policy and Ethics held at the new

Beus Center for Law & Society in Phoenix, AZ

May 17-19, 2017!

The conference will consist of plenary and session presentations and discussions on regulatory, governance, legal, policy, social and ethical aspects of emerging technologies, including (but not limited to) nanotechnology, synthetic biology, gene editing, biotechnology, genomics, personalized medicine, human enhancement technologies, telecommunications, information technologies, surveillance technologies, geoengineering, neuroscience, artificial intelligence, and robotics. The conference is premised on the belief that there is much to be learned and shared from and across the governance experience and proposals for these various emerging technologies.

Some particular themes that will be emphasized at this year’s conference include cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, autonomous systems, drones, CRISPR/gene editing, big data, data analytics, transnational coordination, technology unemployment, internet of things, neuroscience, privacy, longevity, bitcoin/blockchain, and digital health.

Keynote Speakers:

Gillian HadfieldRichard L. and Antoinette Schamoi Kirtland Professor of Law and Professor of Economics USC Gould School of Law

Shobita Parthasarathy, Associate Professor of Public Policy and Women’s Studies, Director, Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program University of Michigan

Stuart Russell, Professor at Berkeley, is a computer scientist known for his contributions to artificial intelligence

Craig Shank, Vice President for Corporate Standards Group in Microsoft’s Corporate, External and Legal Affairs (CELA)

Plenary Panels:

Emerging Technologies and Existential  / Catastrophic Ricks

Tony Barrett, Co-Founder and Director of Research of the Global Catastrophic Risk Institute

Haydn Belfield,  Academic Project Administrator, Centre for the Study of Existential Risk at the University of Cambridge

Margaret E. Kosal, Sam Nunn Security Program, Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, Georgia Institute of Technology

Catherine Rhodes,  Academic Project Manager, Centre for the Study of Existential Risk at CSER, University of Cambridge

 Responsible Development of AI 

Spring Berman, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, Arizona State University

John Havens, The IEEE Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems

Subbarao Kambhampati, Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, Professor, School of Computing, Informatics and Decision Systems Engineering, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, Arizona State University

Wendell Wallach, Consultant, Ethicist, and Scholar at Yale University’s Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics

Gene Drives, Trade and International Regulations

Greg Kaebnick, Director, Editorial Department; Editor, Hastings Center Report; Research Scholar, Hastings Center

Jennifer Kuzma, Goodnight-North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation Distinguished Professor in Social Sciences in the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) and co-director of the Genetic Engineering and Society (GES) Center at North Carolina State University

Andrew Maynard, Senior Sustainability Scholar, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability Director, Risk Innovation Lab, School for the Future of Innovation in Society Professor, School for the Future of Innovation in Society, Arizona State University

Gary Marchant, Regents’ Professor of Law, Professor of Law Faculty Director and Faculty Fellow, Center for Law, Science & Innovation, Arizona State University

Marc Saner, Inaugural Director of the Institute for Science, Society and Policy, and Associate Professor, University of Ottawa Department of Geography

Responsible and/or Permissionless Innovation

Ellen-Marie Forsberg, Senior Researcher/Research Manager at Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences

Adam Thierer, Senior Research Fellow with the Technology Policy Program at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University

Wendell Wallach, Consultant, ethicist, and scholar at Yale University’s Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics

 Big Data

Anupam Chander, Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor of Law and Director, California International Law Center, UC Davis School of Law

Pilar Ossorio, Professor of Law and Bioethics, University of Wisconsin, School of Law and School of Medicine and Public Health; Morgridge Institute for Research, Ethics Scholar-in-Residence

George Poste, Chief Scientist, Complex Adaptive Systems Initiative (CASI) (http://www.casi.asu.edu/), Regents’ Professor and Del E. Webb Chair in Health Innovation, Arizona State University

Emily Shuckburgh, climate scientist and deputy head of the Polar Oceans Team at the British Antarctic Survey, University of Cambridge

 Cybersecurity Friday (half-day) 

In a digitally dependent and connected society, everyday things are being developed to be efficient, smart and inextricably linked through internet-integration and the internet of things. Such digital interdependence and systems cohesion has far-reaching global and domestic security impacts where everyone is a stakeholder. The following session brings together multi-disciplinary leaders in thought and drivers of solutions to prevailing cybersecurity issues at the forefront of current political and socio-economic landscapes.

Cyber Day Keynote:

Dr. Katina Michaelis a professor in the School of Computing and Information Technology at the University of Wollongong, Australia. She is the editor-in-chief of IEEE Technology and Society Magazine and senior editor of IEEE Consumer Electronics Magazine. As well as qualifications and industry experience in Information Technology and Communications, Katina has studied Transnational Crime Prevention and the Law. For the last 10 years, Katina has hosted the Social Implications of National Security workshop, initially funded by the Australian Research Council. Katina is also a board member of the Australian Privacy Foundation and IEEE Council on RFID.

  Domestic Panel:

Joe Gervais, Lifelock / Symantec

Caroline Lynch, Owner of Copper Hill Strategies, LLC, previously Chief Counsel of the House Judiciary Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations Subcommittee

James Melendres, Partner at Snell & Wilmer

Jessica Solper is a security consultant with NCC Group, a global information assurance specialist providing organizations with security consulting services. Jessica has performed attacker-modeled, network, and web application penetration tests for a number of clients. Jessica holds a MS in Information Management from Arizona State University

International Panel:

Brad Allenby, President’s Professor, and Lincoln Professor of Engineering and Ethics, School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering; Director, Center for Earth Systems Engineering and Management / Arizona State University

Andy Gordon, Founding Partner of Coppersmith Brockelman, PLC. From 2009 through 2010, Counsel, Department of Homeland Security / Arizona State University

Josephine Wolff, New America Cybersecurity Initiative Fellow, Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Computing Security, Rochester Institute of Technology

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Conference Committee Members:

Braden Allenby, Arizona State University

Di Bowman, Arizona State University

Erik Fisher, Arizona State University

Gregory Kaebnick, The Hastings Center

Jennifer Kuzma, North Carolina State University

Gary Marchant, Arizona State University

Marc Saner, University of Ottawa

Yvonne Stevens, Arizona State University

Wendell Wallach, Yale University