Georgetown University’s public interest technology efforts are led through our Initiative on Technology & Society which strengthens the intersection of technology, ethics, and governance. We forge university collaborations at this nexus while also equipping the world’s next generation of leaders to navigate complex, interdisciplinary challenges by collaborating on research; driving policy and social change; expanding interdisciplinary curricula; and, building, strengthening, and promoting the field of technology and society.
Robert Groves, Executive Vice President and Provost
360 Tech: Innovation, Security, & Governance
The interplay between technology, innovation, and national security has never been more complex. Emerging technology allows us to create new life forms and killer robots. Brobdingnagian social media companies capture what you read, what you believe, and what you do, creating the risk of surveillance, microtargeting, identity theft, and the ability to disrupt society. The United States has shied away from oversight, leaving members of society vulnerable. How should we address these risks, while promoting innovation? Georgetown’s 360 Tech project will bring together a multidisciplinary Task Force in a series of Innovation Labs to develop viable cross-sector governance solutions to address some of the most serious risks posed by social media.
Anna Cave, Executive Director, Center on National Security & the Law, Georgetown Law Center, and Laura K. Donohue, Agnes N. Williams Research Professor and Professor of Law, Georgetown Law Center
Embedding Ethics for Career Training in the Governance of AI
We will pilot innovative, replicable workshops on AI & Ethics for 3 nationally recognized D.C. fellowship programs that provide training and work placements for government careers in technology policy, so that those building AI policy have an actionable commitment to its socially responsible use.
Strengthening the Public Interest Tech University Network
Building Bridges: Strengthening Cross-Disciplinary Connections in Computer Science and Law
Georgetown will co-host two convenings bringing together people building bridges between law and computer science. The goal will be to produce a seminal white paper outlining how universities can create courses, degrees, research, and other forms of collaboration between scholars in CS and law.
Principal Investigator Paul Ohm, Professor & Associate Dean for Academic Affairs