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Baker Peace Conference | Technology and Freedom: A Brave New World, on Feb. 24-25
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:
"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."
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 | 7:30-9 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 25
Panel I: Security and Democracy (10 to 11:45 a.m.)
Moderator: Matthew LeRiche (Global Leadership Center) or Yaël Eisenstat
Panel II: Technology and Society | 1 to 3:10 p.m.
Moderator: Aimee Edmondson (OHIO professor in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism)
Panel III: Medical Technology and Ethics | 3:15 to 5 p.m.
Moderator: Jacqueline Wolf (professor in the Heritage College of Medicine at Ohio University)
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