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

Larry Downes, Author and Project Director at the Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy

Larry Downes is co-author of Big Bang Disruption:  Strategy in the Age of Devastating Innovation (Portfolio 2014).  His previous book, The Laws of Disruption:  Harnessing the New Forces that Govern Business and Life in the Digital Age explored the accident-prone intersection of law and 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 Forbes, Harvard Business Review, The Washington Post and CNET.  He serves as Project Director at the Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy and a Senior Fellow with Accenture Research. Read more 

Talk: Eight Simple Rules for Regulating My Disruptive Innovation

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. Read More

Talk: 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.

Erica KochiCo Founder, UNICEF Innovation

Erica Kochi is the co-founder of UNICEF Innovation. Her team partners with the private sector to benefit children around the world. She focuses on technology growth areas – from artificial intelligence, and sensors and IoT devices, to mobility, skilling, and financial technologies that can deliver tangible results for children. The Office of Innovation has had recognized success in innovative design of international development solutions. Erica was named to the TIME 100 “World’s Most Influential People” List in 2013. Other examples of this work include RapidPRO – a messaging system that has reported 7 million births in Nigeria, provided antenatal care to pregnant women across Rwanda, and provide a direct feedback loop for 3 million young people across 18 countries to engage with their government and change policy in real time. Erica also serves as the Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Human Rights. The Council works to promote practical industry-wide solutions to human rights challenges of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The current focus is on the imperatives and pathways for companies to best realize the positive potential of machine learning while building trust and preventing real and present risks to human rights. Erica has worked with the Commission for Macroeconomics and Health, a joint collaboration between the World Bank and the World Health Organization, and developed and executed UNICEF global communication strategies for immunization, child survival and avian influenza and pandemic preparedness. Read more

Talk:  Machine Learning In a Global Context, Whose Rights Are At Risk?

Beth Simone Noveck, Professor and Director

Beth Simone Noveck directs the Governance Lab (GovLab) and its MacArthur Research Network on Opening GovernanceShe is a Professor in Technology, Culture, and Society at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering. Her current research focuses on “people-led innovation,” namely the ability of communities and institutions to work together to solve problems more effectively and legitimately. She directs programs to promote effective public engagement in lawmaking (CrowdLaw), to help public institutions expert-source and implement innovative solutions to hard problems (Smarter Crowdsourcingand to train civic leaders and civil servants in how to collaborate with their own communities (Civic Challenges). At NYU, Beth teaches the graduate-level Clinic on Governance Innovation: Technology for Social Change and Governing Cities. She also coaches “public entrepreneurs” online through the GovLab Academy, working with passionate individuals to take their public interest projects from idea to implementation and become agents of change. Beth served in the White House as the first United States Deputy Chief Technology Officer and director of the White House Open Government Initiative from 2009 to 2011. UK Prime Minister David Cameron appointed her senior advisor for Open GovernmentRead more

Talk: Artificial Intelligence to Collective Intelligence: Open Governance and New Technologies

Plenary Panels:

Success Stories: International Coordination
Moderator: David Winickoff, OECD and SciencesPo Law School 

Charlotte Stanton, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Chris Mondini, ICANN 

Megan Brown, Wiley Rein 

Success Stories: Success Stories in Public Engagement – A Frankenstein Case Study
Moderator: David Guston, School for the Future of Innovation in Society, ASU

Ed Finn, Center for Science and the Imagination, ASU

Ruth Wylie, Center for Science and the Imagination, ASU

Judith Guston, Rosenbach Museum and Library

Success Stories: Soft Law
Moderator: Craig Shank, Microsoft

Diana Bowman, Center for Law Science & Innovation/School for the Future of Innovation in Society, ASU

Ryan Hagemann, Niskanen Center

Gary Marchant, Center for Law, Science & Innovation, ASU

The Most Innovative and Important Emerging Technology Is….
Moderator: Brad Allenby, Fulton School of Engineering, ASU

Gillian K. Hadfield, USC Gould School of Law (AI)

Caterina Rindi, Blockchain Educator, Consultant, Public Speaker

Genya Dana, World Economic Forum (synthetic biology)

Justin (Gus) Hurwitz, University of Nebraska College of Law (IoT)

Innovations in Health Technology
Moderator: Jason Robert, Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics, ASU

Making Precision Medicine A Reality: Molecular Diagnostics, Remote Health Status Monitoring and the Big Data Challenge
George Poste, Center for Complex Adaptive Systems, ASU
Your body and Your Brain “At Risk” – The Business of Recalling Biomedical Implants
Katina Michael, School of Computing and Information Technology, U. of Wollongong
Dr. Robot
Jane Bambauer, James E. Rogers College of Law, University of Arizona
A case study: Development of a Novel Prosthetic Heart Valve
Geoff D. Moggridge, Cambridge University