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Baker Peace Conference | Technology and Freedom: A Brave New World, on Feb. 24-25

The Contemporary History Institute presents the 2022 Baker Peace Conference, themed “Technology and Freedom: A Brave New World,” on Feb. 24-25.

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The conference, a spring staple at Ohio University since the 1980s, returns to campus after a one-year hiatus.


"With our 2022 theme, Technology and Freedom: A Brave New World, we aim to explore some of the challenges that new and emerging technologies pose to our freedom—as well as what opportunities technology may offer," said Dr. Ingo Trauschweizer, professor of History and director of the institute.


A wide range of perspectives are grouped into three broad subject areas for the conference:

  • What are the concrete threats to security and democracy that have emerged over the past years?
  • In what ways has “big tech” reshaped society, and what opportunities that it may offer should be pursued?
  • In the field of medical technology, where society may see the most immediate benefits to new technology, what are the boundaries and inequalities—and what ethics should govern people's actions?

"This conference draws on contemporary and historical perspectives with a close eye to the future," Trauschweizer noted. "We have a rare opportunity to engage with some of the keenest minds in fields and disciplines ranging from media studies to medicine, and we hope that conversations on and across our panels will invite you to think about the complexity of tools you may use in your daily life and how new and emerging technologies do and could affect our lives as nation and a global community."

Yaël Eisenstat, portrait

Yaël Eisenstat


The conference keynote speaker, Yaël Eisenstat, strives to bridge the divide between government and technology, to help foster a healthier information ecosystem. In that pursuit, she has been working around the globe on many of the headlines' hot-button issues surrounding democracy and security.


In the past 20 years she has been a CIA officer, a White House adviser, the Global Head of Elections Integrity Operations for political advertising at Facebook, a diplomat, and the head of a global risk firm. Eisenstat is currently a Future of Democracy Fellow at the Berggruen Institute, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, an adjunct professor at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs, and a policy adviser to start ups, governments and investors looking for ways to align technology to serve the public.

She focuses on what the public square and open, democratic debate look like in the digital world and how people can change the current incentives to reconcile social media’s dominance of these public spaces with democratic principles.


2022 Baker Peace Conference Schedule

Thursday, Feb. 24

Keynote with Yaël Eisenstat | 5:30-7 p.m. Join on Teams.

Friday, Feb. 25

Panel I: Security and Democracy (10 to 11:45 a.m.) Join on Teams.

Moderator: Matthew LeRiche (Global Leadership Center) or Yaël Eisenstat

  • Emerging Technologies and Security: Audrey Kurth Cronin (American University; Director, Center for Security, Innovation, and New Technology)
  • Cyberwar and Security: Nicholas Sambaluk (Associate Professor Cyber Warfare Studies, Air University Cyber Defense College)
  • Social Media and Democracy: Tobias Rose-Stockwell (New York; independent journalist)

Panel II: Technology and Society | 1 to 3:10 p.m. Join on Teams.

Moderator: Aimee Edmondson (OHIO professor in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism)

  • Technology, Race and Inequality: Charlton McIlwain (NYU, Vice Provost for Faculty Engagement and Development)
  • Surveillance and Society: Torin Monahan (UNC; Media and Technology Studies)
  • Regulating Big Tech? Antitrust and competition law on innovation: Urška Petrovčič (senior fellow at Hudson Institute)
  • Opportunities for Higher Education: Mark Hagerott (North Dakota University System chancellor)

Panel III: Medical Technology and Ethics | 3:15 to 5 p.m. Join on Teams.

Moderator: Jacqueline Wolf (professor in the Heritage College of Medicine at Ohio University)

  • Race and access to medical care: Khiara M. Bridges (UC Berkeley Law; anthropologist)
  • Electronic Fetal Monitoring Today: Ethics, Malpractice Suits, and Cesareans: Thomas P. Sartwelle (Hicks Davis Wynn, Legal, Houston, TX)
  • 21st century research and biomedical ethics: David Wendler (NIH; Director, Section on Research Ethics)

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