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Innovations Dialogue


Innovations Dialogue

On 19 August, UNIDIR hosted the first annual Innovations Dialogue on Digital Technology and International Security

The Innovations Dialogue responds to the request of the General Assembly, in resolution 73/32, that UNIDIR agrees to a seminar on the role of science and technology in the context of international security and disarmament.  The theme for the UNIDIR 2019 Innovations Dialogue is "Digital Technologies & International Security". The Dialogue examined technologies that are in daily headlines - artificial intelligence, distributed ledger technology, quantum computing, and the Internet of Things - yet not currently formally addressed in multilateral disarmament agendas and discussions.

The Innovations Dialogue examined the interplay between new digital innovations and existing technologies and their possible radical and novel implications for international security and disarmament. The Dialogue explored how to multi-stakeholder engagement can effective responses to digital innovations and consider the international community can harness innovations to address existing disarmament challenges.  

The Innovations Dialogue was generously supported by the Governments of Germany, India, Qatar and Switzerland.

2019 Innovations Dialogue Agenda

2019 Innovations Dialogue Report

Suggested readings and materials



Session 1: Digital Innovations and the Global Security Landscape 
·       Dawn Thomas 
·       Lim May-Ann 

Tech Track Break-out Sessions

Track 1: Quantum Computing 
·       Patrick Towa Nguenewou
·       Elsa B. Kania

Track 2: Distributed Ledger Technologies including blockchain 
·       Suzana Maranhão & Giacomo Persi Paoli 

Track 3: Internet of Things 
·       Jan-Peter Kleinhans 
·       Madeline Carr 

Session 3: Digital Innovations for International Security and Disarmament
·       Quentin Ladetto 
·       Elina Martikka 
·       Benjamin Ang  


Video Recordings

Opening Remarks

Digital Innovations and the Global Security Landscape

Track 2: Distributed Ledger Technologies including blockchain

Fireside Chat: Security Implications of Artificial Intelligence Beyond Weapon Systems

Brief report backs from the Tech Tracks — insights and open questions

Digital Innovations for International Security and Disarmament

Keynote Address and Concluding Discussion: International Security in the Digital Age  

Closing Remarks


19 August 2019