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NAADSN Ideas Series: Present and Future Challenges to Governing Emerging Technologies

July 23, 2020

Present and Future Challenges to Governing Emerging Technologies Downloads:

The NAADSN Ideas Series are conversations over Zoom that feature paper presentations and roundtable discussions about timely and relevant North American and Arctic defence and security topics.

Josh Gold is a research assistant at the Citizen Lab, at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. His research focuses on international cyberspace governance and conflict in cyberspace. Josh is also a board member of the Canadian International Council’s Toronto Branch, and of the Estonian Central Council in Canada.

During this NAADSN Ideas series Josh will discuss Governing Cyberspace: Canadian Defence and Foreign Policy. New realities of the digital era pose complex challenges to Canada, which must balance its democratic and human rights principles with its defence needs, including its commitments to the Five Eyes alliance and its new capabilities to conduct ‘active’ cyber operations. Does Canada have an adequate strategy for defending its values and interests in cyberspace?

Nina Bindel is a post doctoral fellow at the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) embedded in the University of Waterloo. Her field of expertise is quantum security of cryptographic algorithms. She is the principal submitter of qTESLA, a quantum-secure signature scheme– a 2nd round candidate in NIST’s post-quantum standardization effort.

Dr. Bindel will discuss Ensuring Security in the Era of Quantum Computers. Large-scale quantum computers are coming, which means that our current IT-security landscape is at risk. What needs to be done to ensure IT-security in the future?

Kristen Csenkey is a PhD Candidate in Global Governance at the Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA). Her research focuses on cyber governance and the management of cyber operations and innovation in Canada. She is a Junior Fellow with the Defence and Security Foresight (DSF) Group led by Dr. Bessma Momani (University of Waterloo) and the 2020 Women in Defence and Security (WiDS)-Canadian Global Affairs Institute (CGAI) Fellow. Kristen is a Graduate Fellow with the North American and Arctic Defence and Security Network (NAADSN).

Kristen will discuss Governing the Future(s) of Emerging Technologies on this NAADSN Ideas panel. Emerging technologies can pose threats to security, but also opportunities for Canada. What are these challenge areas and how can Canada address these future risks?

Read about our panelists’ work in Simplifying Emerging Technologies: Risks and How to Mitigate Them


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