Technology in Wartime Conference at Stanford

The state of defense and enforcement technology has become something that the public should pay attention to. So I felt that it was worth sharing this announcement about the Technology in Wartime conference. I’ll be there if I happen to be in the Bay Area that day (unlikely given my current schedule).


WHERE: Stanford Law School

WHEN: January 26, 2008, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

ADMISSION: Attendees $50-$100 donation to CPSR / Students $20 or free with work-exchange


Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility (CPSR) announces its annual conference, at Stanford University, on the topic “Technology in Wartime.” This one-day conference will be held January 26, 2008, and feature a diverse array of speakers from computer scientists, policy makers, and military professionals, to human rights workers, civil liberties legal activists, and academics. The goal of this non-partisan conference will be to consider the ethical implications of wartime technologies and how these technologies are likely to affect civilization in years to come. Ultimately we want to engage a pressing question of our time: What should socially-responsible computer professionals do in a time of high tech warfare?

Speakers will include Bruce Schneier (Counterpane Security), Barbara Simons (ACM), Herb Lin (National Academy of Sciences), Cindy Cohn (Electronic Frontier Foundation), Patrick Ball (Benetech), Terry Winograd (Stanford University), Neil Rowe (Naval Defense Academy), Nick Mathewson (the Tor project), Ronald Arkin (Georgia Tech’s Mobile Robots Lab) and Noah Shachtman (Wired magazine’s war correspondent). The proceedings will be broadcast live on the Web, and the presentations collected in book form online, released under an open license, and made available to the public and policy makers looking for expert opinions on wartime technology issues during the election year.

Registration is open. You can register at

Thanks Annalee Newitz

Noah Shachtman of Danger Room will be speaking at both Technology in Wartmime and at ETech.

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