Friday, 18 July 2014 00:00

Technology Innovation and Its Impact: Policy Considerations for International Security

”Emerging Security Challenges” is an all-encompassing term used to describe a set of non-traditional threats and risks that increasingly impact our security policy agendas. Many of these are linked to new or evolving technologies – requiring careful consideration of their potential implications. Addressing such issues requires knowing and understanding new technologies and – in particular – the way in which they impact security policy making. This is easier said than done, as there is constant and rapid innovation which policy makers have to be aware and keep track of. Developments in remote warfare, 3D-printing, nanotechnology, big data, and the “Internet of things” are all dependent on advances in information technology that herald potentially disruptive political and societal change.