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Science and Technology Policy

Grey Zones

Emerging technologies constitute a “grey zone” that occurs between research and development (R&D) and engineering for commercial or mass scale production. The pace of innovation is more rapid than technology knowledge transfer and comprehension by the policy and regulatory community. Just as emerging technologies constitute a “grey zone” between R&D and mass scale or mainstream offerings, the emerging market represents a “grey zone” between a developed market and an undeveloped market in either general economic terms or industry specific terms.

Big Tech in 2020

In a world of foreign election interference, privacy scandals, disinformation, and dark ads, the vector for these societal ills -- namely, social media -- has become a key issue for the 2020 Presidential Election. How have the presidential contenders addressed these issues, if at all? The Wilson Center cuts through the noise and unpacks what technology policy -- and by extension, our elections, political discourse, and daily lives -- might look like under each candidate.

Brazil's General Data Protection Act

Ice-Diminishing Arctic Interview: Fran Ulmer

Fran Ulmer discussed the key takeaways from the first day, including the rapid loss of Arctic sea ice and what that means for the global community. She highlighted the urgency of looming issues to the global weather system and her hope that symposiums such as IDA will encourage learning, curiosity, and action. Ulmer is the Chair of the US Arctic Research Commission. Ulmer is the Chair of the US Arctic Research Commission.

Ice-Diminishing Arctic: Speaker Interview Series

On July 17 and 18, 2019, the US Arctic Research Commission, Wilson Center's Polar Institute, and US National Ice Center hosted the 8th Biennial Symposium on the Impacts of an Ice-Diminishing Arctic on Naval and Maritime Operations (IDA). Speakers discussed a wide array of issues facing the Arctic region, including: marine transportation; federal, state, local, and international operations; security; scientific research; infrastructure and investments; governance; policy implications in the region; and much more.

America’s Highly Skilled Workforce, the Talent Pipeline, and H-1B Visas

Shortages of highly skilled professionals are one of the most significant challenges for industries across the United States. Many observers believe that government and industry-led training initiatives, access to high-skilled foreign nationals, and robust STEM education programs can and should be part of the solution.