Emerging technologies can protect democratic freedoms

After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, lawmakers formed a bipartisan committee to ensure that one of the darkest days in US history would not repeat.

Today, threats to the United States and our allies increasingly come from emerging technologies that can have disastrous consequences if they fall into the wrong hands. Quantum computing, next-generation drones, biomedical engineering and other technologies have the potential to improve the lives of millions of people — or empower tyrants.

But unlike the 9/11 commission, we shouldn’t wait for a crisis to start preparing ourselves for these threats.

New technologies are already reshaping our lives and how we communicate with people around the world. Democratic countries need to stay on the cutting edge of innovation, not catch up with adversaries.

That’s why, as a group of former diplomats and technology industry experts from Purdue’s Crush Institute of Technology Diplomacy and the Atlantic Council, we’ve assembled a global commission to lay out a blueprint for how the free world protects freedom through adoption. reliable technology.

As co-chairs of the Global Technology Security Committee, we believe that there are three factors that characterize our two-year cooperation.

First, the commission will focus on seventeen critical technology sectors and combine our findings on each of them into one comprehensive security strategy.

Second, it will be led by the private sector and global stakeholders, with delegates from international corporations and foundations representing more than a dozen countries as part of the combined effort of democracies to compete in emerging technologies.

Third, while previous committees have focused on identifying defensive solutions, our committees will integrate offensive strategies to develop common standards for reliable technologies and recommendations for investment in key areas of research and development.

Why the actions of the Chinese Communist Party threaten democracy

China’s attempt to portray itself as a well-meaning, misunderstood global partner has failed.

Companies doing business with China have suffered from parasitic joint ventures, flagrant theft of intellectual property, outbreaks of bullying around the world, and forced collection of proprietary technology.

Corporate boards increasingly understand that doing business with, within or for China is an enormous risk. That’s why many respected board members are demanding a Chinese contingency plan from their CEOs.

The Commission already has the support of lawmakers and private sector leaders at a time when the United States is working to unite its allies and partners across the Atlantic, Indian Ocean, and Pacific Ocean across a range of critical technological issues.

During our recent briefings with US Under Secretary of Commerce Alan Estevez on “Global Technological Security” and Kurt Campbell “President of Asia” to President Joe Biden on “Building Alliances with the “Doctrine of Trust,” they reiterated their strong support for the Commission’s urgent mission to secure high technology from technological authoritarian threats growing.

In the free world, we rely on innovation from the private sector by working with companies large and small, to build trust without over-regulation. By contrast, technology in authoritarian countries such as China and Russia is developed and controlled by the government and cannot be trusted. They control, we cooperate.

The free world has a deeper set of new technology that can be mined just because free people are more creative. We have seen time and time again that confidence and diversity of intellect are the catalysts for transformational genius. That is why we will win this technology war.

clean net

Our committee’s work will build on lessons learned from the clean web, one of us developed while serving as America’s top economic diplomat. We have united sixty countries around the world that have all committed to using trusted 5G telecom vendors and have rejected unreliable vendors like Huawei and ZTE that are known to follow the orders of the Chinese Communist Party.

The free world together has shown how much we can achieve together when we invest in shared technologies we can trust. Huawei has gone from over ninety international decades to just a few dozen.

That is why, from now on, we must have common standards and conventions to make the most of the technologies created by the great minds of our private sector companies.

Why technology should promote freedom

The technology of tomorrow must be a trusted technology developed and protected by a network of countries, companies and like-minded individuals who respect the rule of law, human rights, labor practices, national sovereignty and the environment.

Technologies that our panel will focus on include semiconductors; Autonomous and electric cars. clean energy and electric grids; quantitative statistics; robotics; Electronic payments and digital currencies.

These technologies have already shown great promise for a more efficient and advanced world. But as the recent disruptions in the supply chain have made clear, we need to do more to ensure that we are not overly dependent on authoritarian countries like China.

Technological advances have changed our world in ways that have the potential to make us more connected than ever – and more divided than ever.

That is why we must create a united front to take the lead in technological innovation to ensure that it is used to promote freedom.

Keith Crash is the Chairman of the Board of Directors Crash Institute for Technology Diplomacy at Purdue. He served as Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment from 2019 to 2021 and was previously Chairman and CEO of DocuSign and Ariba. Krach was nominated for an award 2022 Nobel Peace Prize.

Kristi Kaljulaid served as the fifth President of Estonia from 2016 to 2021. Kaljulaid was the youngest and first female President of the State of Estonia since the nation declared its independence.

Photo: Reuters.

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