Technological advances and globalization are combining to produce smaller and more lethal weapons in the hands of people around the globe who can launch these weapons in ways that national borders and other conventional defenses cannot easily stop. These weapons include cyber agents, biological platforms, miniaturized and remotely-delivered kinetic weapons, and more. Against many of the new threats, the state is often a poor defender, leaving safety and security in the hands of private actors. At the same time, modern technologies empower the state to defend against these threats with new threats of its own, including extraordinary powers of surveillance and analysis over persons and activities around the globe. This seminar will examine how these new technologies and threats shape the social contract between citizens and governments and how they affect our understanding of war, crime, safety, privacy, and liberty.
The workshop meets every other week, year long. There is no enrollmenet for only one semester. Enrollment is by permission. Please send applications to Profs. Blum and Goldsmith and their assistants, Jan Qashat and Brad Conner, by June 1.
Note: The workshop will meet on the following days in the spring: 1/31, 2/14, 2/28, 3/14, 3/28 and 4/11. One additionall class meeting date is TBD.