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National Security School 2022

Emerging Technologies and New Zealand’s National Security

Friday 4 February 2022

With remarkable speed, the concept of national security is being challenged and perhaps re-defined by emerging technologies such as drones, robotic weapons, artificial intelligence, 3D Printing, intrusive surveillance capabilities, and cyber-attacks.

The threat of these new technologies is even more concerning as they pass out of being state actor only capabilities and pass into the hands of non-state terrorist and organized crime actors.

In this era of accelerating change, this one-day conference explored what emerging technologies may mean for the national security of New Zealand, a country that until recently saw itself as a small state which, thanks to relative geographical isolation, enjoyed a somewhat benign strategic environment.

Speakers include

  • Mr Tony Lynch – Deputy Chief Executive of the National Security Group, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
  • Dr Kenneth Payne – Director of Research, King’s College, London (via Zoom)
  • Dr Julia Macdonald – National Security Policy Directorate, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
  • Dr Monica Cardarilli – Risk Engineer & Project Officer, Joint Research Centre, European Commission
  • Mr Joseph Ballard – Assessments Manager, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
  • Professor Colin Gavaghan – New Zealand Law Foundation Chair in Law & Emerging Technologies, University of Otago
  • Mr Michael Jagusch – Government Communications Security Bureau
  • Ms Cecile Hillyer – Head of International Security and Disarmament Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Wellington
  • Professor James Maclaurin – Co-Director, Centre for AI and Public Policy, University of Otago