4th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

‘Take Your Choice!’: Historical Reflections on the Act of Voting

April 07, 2014 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
The secret ballot is now considered the gold standard for fair elections around the globe. However, in the aftermath of the American and French Revolutions, voting in secrecy held little immediate mass appeal in the US or Europe, and the secret ballot was used in combination with a wide variety of voting techniques. The history of the fraught introduction of the secret ballot on both sides of the Atlantic provides an opportunity to explore how conceptions of the business of choice-making have changed since the Age of Revolutions and also to reconsider how we vote today.

Importance of Intelligence: an International Perspective

March 25, 2014 // 10:00am — 11:00am
Offering an international perspective on NSA's programs, this discussion will focus on what role the US should play in the intelligence community to counter terrorism.

Japan and Cross-Strait Relations: Why Japan-Taiwan Relations Continue to Grow

March 11, 2014 // 3:00pm — 4:00pm
The rise of China has raised the level of tension throughout Northeast Asia, intensifying competition between China and Japan. Taiwan is often seen as caught between the two, pressured on the one hand by China for closer relations, and lured by shared interests with Japan on the other.

GPS: At the Intersection of Navigation and Cyber Security

December 03, 2013 // 3:30pm — 5:00pm
Global Positioning Systems (GPS), the backbone of worldwide Position, Timing, and Navigation systems, is easily interfered with and active spoofing attacks have been demonstrated. This policy level talk, hosted by the Commons Lab of the Science and Technology Innovation Program, examines the cyber-security risks and their potential impact on the transportation, financial, and energy sectors.

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