February 28, 2019 - Georgetown Launches New $55 million Center on Security & Emerging Technology

Big news for our tech policy efforts across Georgetown University: a $55 million grant from the Open Philanthropy Project is creating the largest center in the United States focused on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and policy at Georgetown.

The Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET), to be housed at Georgetown’s Walsh School of Foreign Service (SFS), will deliver nonpartisan analysis and advice to the U.S. and international policy and academic community on AI and other emerging technologies.

The Center will be run by Jason Matheny, former Director of IARPA, responsible for the development of breakthrough technologies for the U.S. intelligence community. He is a member of the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence, created in 2018, and co-chaired the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development Task Force on AI, which authored the National Artificial Intelligence Research and Development Strategic Plan released by the White House in 2016.

Technology & International Security

A key focus of CSET will be the ethical implications of the technological transformations in international security, drawing upon Georgetown’s considerable resources in this area.

 Themes and questions they plan to address include:

  • National competitiveness, assessing how countries compare across different areas of AI development.

  • Talent and knowledge flows, including trade and immigration policies, and policies governing the exchange of information. 

  • Relationships with other technologies, assessing AI’s impact on existing weapons technologies and other systems . 

Georgetown was chosen to host the center over a number of other top 25 universities, reflecting its pivotal role in the D.C. policy community and its strong commitment to engaging the ethical dimensions of contemporary policy challenges.

Technology & Society

CSET will become a key component of the university’s new Initiative in Technology and Society, bringing together research and teaching across Georgetown that focus on creating better and more ethical policies and uses for new technologies with an eye to better societal outcomes.

The Law Center and the Institute are playing a central role guiding that growth, in partnership with the university’s Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation, Massive Data Institute, Ethics Lab, and other centers.

Read the official CSET announcement here, and great coverage in The Washington Post here.