Moderated by Shawn Lonergan

Captain, US Army, and Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science, Columbia University


As we surround ourselves with robots, autonomous or not, from the ground to the sky, we are facing policy questions we thought pertained to the realm of science-fiction. We build drones for both war and investigative journalism, plan to put self-driving cars on the road and design social robots to care for elders: what are the implications for our freedom and security? What are the social, ethical and policy questions we must address? For instance, how does the current debate about privacy, data collection and surveillance play out in an age in which we surrender more and more of our autonomy to machines?


Camille François is a Visiting Scholar at the Arnold A. Saltzman Institute for War and Peace Studies, and a Fellow at the Harvard Berkman Center for Internet and Society. She works on cybersecurity and cyberwar issues and is a free software advocate. Previously she was a researcher at Google, consulted with various US and French Governmental Agencies and was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship.

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