Governance of Emerging Technologies & Science (GETS): 
Law, Policy and Ethics

May 16-18, 2018
ASU Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Phoenix, AZ

 About the Conference

The conference will consist of plenary and session presentations and discussions on regulatory, governance, legal, policy, social and ethical aspects of emerging technologies, including (but not limited to) nanotechnology, synthetic biology, gene editing, biotechnology, genomics, personalized medicine, digital health, human enhancement technologies, blockchain, cryptocurrencies, data analytics, telecommunications, information technologies, surveillance technologies, technology & privacy, cybersecurity, geoengineering, neuroscience, military technologies, artificial intelligence, algorithms, autonomous cars, and robotics. The conference is premised on the belief that there is much to be learned and shared from and across the governance experience and proposals for these various emerging technologies.

Keynote Speakers

Danielle Keats Citron / How the EU is Dictating Online Speech Norms and What Silicon Valley Can Do About It

The dominant online platforms have long fancied themselves as “free speech leaders.” But the First Amendment no longer serves as the model for Silicon Valley’s terms of service. Pressure from EU regulators is responsible for this switch. To stave off expensive regulation in the EU, Silicon Valley has changed its global policies regarding extremist and hateful speech. The risk is not only conformity with European speech norms but more troublingly censorship creep that silences anyone outside the mainstream. I will talk about how Silicon Valley can reclaim some of its free speech credibility with procedural protections—robust transparency, accountability, definitional clarity, and ombudsmen.

Danielle Keats CitronMorton & Sophia Macht Professor of Law, University of Maryland Carey School of Law

Professor Citron is an internationally recognized information privacy expert. Her book Hate Crimes in Cyberspace (Harvard University Press 2014) explored the phenomenon of cyber stalking and how law and companies can and should tackle online abuse consistent with our commitment to free speech. The editors of Cosmopolitan included her book in “20 Best Moments for Women in 2014.” Professor Citron has published more than 20 law review articles appearing in California Law Review, Michigan Law Review, Harvard Law Review Forum, Boston University Law Review, Fordham Law Review, George Washington Law Review, Minnesota Law Review, Notre Dame Law Review, Texas Law Review, Washington University Law Review, Southern California Law Review, Washington & Lee Law Review, Wake Forest Law Review, Washington Law Review, UC Davis Law Review, among other journals. Her opinion pieces have appeared in media outlets, such as The New York Times, The Atlantic, Slate, Time, CNN, The Guardian, New Scientist, ars technica, and New York Daily News. In 2015, the United Kingdom’s Prospect Magazine named Professor Citron one of the “Top 50 World Thinkers;” the Daily Record named her one of the “Top 50 Most Influential Marylanders.” Professor Citron is an Affiliate Scholar at the Stanford Center on Internet and Society, Affiliate Fellow at the Yale Information Society Project, and Senior Fellow at the Future of Privacy, a privacy think tank. She is a technology contributor for Forbes.

Professor Citron has advised federal and state legislators, law enforcement, and international lawmakers on privacy issues. She has testified at congressional briefings on the First Amendment implications of laws regulating cyber stalking, sexual violence, and nonconsensual pornography. From 2014 to December 2016, Professor Citron advised California Attorney General Kamala Harris (elected to the U.S. Senate in 2016) on privacy issues. She served as a member of AG Harris’s Task Force to Combat Cyber Exploitation and Violence Against Women. In 2011, Professor Citron testified about online hate speech before the Inter-Parliamentary Committee on Anti-Semitism at the House of Commons. Read More

Larry Downes is a best-selling author on developing business strategies in an age of accelerating technological disruption. He is the co-author, with Paul F. Nunes, of Big Bang Disruption: Strategy in the Age of Devastating Innovation

Downes is the author of the New York Times and Business Week bestseller, Unleashing the Killer App: Digital Strategies for Market Dominance, which was named by The Wall Street Journal as one of the five most important books ever published on business and technology. He writes regularly for ForbesHarvard Business ReviewThe Washington Post, and CNET, and is frequently quoted in media stories in both mainstream and trade outlets. He is currently a research fellow with the Accenture Institute for High Performance. He has previously held faculty appointments at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Northwestern University School of Law, and the University of California-Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, where he was associate dean of the School of Information.

Plenary Panels:

Success Stories: International Coordination

Success Stories: Public Engagement

Success Stories: Soft Law

The Most Innovative and Important Emerging Technology Is….

Health Care Innovations