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An annual summit for emerging, critical, cyber and space technologies

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About The Sydney Dialogue

Diverse views about which technologies are the potential game changers, and why

The Australian Strategic Policy Institute’s Sydney Dialogue is the premier policy summit for critical, emerging, cyber and space technologies.

Technology’s advance has outpaced regulatory and policy responses. State and non-state actors alike understand that information is power. This can yield extraordinary outcomes for humanity and for the earth, but it can also produce great harm.

Technology is evolving at speed. New applications extend beyond existing laws and in an absence of consensus on rules and norms. The explosion of creativity opens opportunities for solving real-world problems and creating entire, previously unimagined economies. But it also comes with enormous risks.

Catching up with technology’s advance requires a coordinated global response. Solutions lie beyond the remit or imagination of governments, technology companies or civil society alone. Until now, there had been no multilateral forum for the world’s top thinkers and decision makers from these communities to come together and strategise.

The Sydney Dialogue (TSD) aims to fill this critical gap.

World leaders, technology industry innovators, ministers and civil society will feature in a mix of keynote speeches, panel discussions, closed-room sessions and public engagements.

We will invite speakers and delegates who are willing to push the envelope. We want to hear diverse views about which technologies are the potential game changers, and why. We want to stimulate an honest conversation about how governments, industry and society can optimise opportunity and minimise risk.

What are the new and big ideas? Where are red lines and what are the consequences of crossing them? Who is leading the charge on developing technologies with the capacity to change how we live, interact, and engage with each other and the world? What enablers and protections are needed to ensure the benefits of technology are equitable and consistent with fundamental human rights?

The Sydney Dialogue will offer a place where the world can anticipate, prepare and respond to the complicated challenges and immense opportunities presented by technology.

Sponsorship of the Sydney Dialogue places you and your organisation at the centre of progress on real world problems. Find out more about sponsorship opportunities here.

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March 7, 2022
PanelWho Works? The Crisis of Automation in the Indo-Pacific

Quantum computing.

Secure technologies.

Automation.

Indigenous technology.

Space exploration.

In the press

14.02.22‘Untapped potential’ in Indigenous techAustralian Associated Press
09.02.22Quad democratic bloc most powerful alliance in decadesThe Australian
19.11.21Japan should work with Aukus on cybersecurity and AI, says Shinzo AbeThe Guardian
18.11.21How PM Modi warned against Crypto, Bitcoin at Sydney DialogueHindustan Times
18.11.21Modi warns on weaponisation of technologyAustralian Financial Review
18.11.21Democracies must fight to keep the internet free, Narendra Modi saysThe Australian
18.11.21Tweet from Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra ModiTwitter
17.11.21Australia to Beef Up High-Tech Prowess After Security Pact With U.S.Wall Street Journal
17.11.21Dozens of emerging technologies declared national security risksABC
17.11.21Australia’s quantum leap: Scott Morrison unveils nation’s blueprint for ‘critical technologies’Sky News
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The Sydney Dialogue acknowledges the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, the traditional custodians of the land and pays respect to the Elders both past and present. We honour and respect the significant role they play for our community.