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[] "TACT Symposium" 7-8 June 2002, Providence/USA,


Schedule and Invited Participants
7-8 June 2002, Providence/USA

'The closer we come to the danger... the more questioning we become. For
questioning is the piety of thought.'
-- Martin Heidegger, 'The Question Concerning Technology'

The purpose of this interdisciplinary symposium is to question --
philosophically, strategically, ethically -- the role of 'technology' in
terror. Participants from different backgrounds -- academic, military and
media -- will investigate the impact of technology on three forms of global
terror emerging from 9/11: terror as a networked strategy of symbolic
violence, coercive intimidation and political fear; anti-terror as a state
reaction of deterrence, disruption and destruction of terrorism; and
counter-terror as a transnational response of preventive media,
disciplinary surveillance, and criminal justice. While the emphasis is on
the role of information technologies in each form of terror, technology is
broadly defined to include technical as well as symbolic systems of
producing, processing, and distributing knowledge and power. The purpose is
not to question technology as a neutral instrument but as a constructive,
destructive and transformative force in contemporary international relations.

Friday, June 7 | Technologies of Terror

2.00 p.m. Opening remarks

Thomas Biersteker, Watson Institute

2.15 - 4.00 p.m. Ground Zero: Technologies of Terror, Security, and Virtuality

The events of 9/11 brought us face to face with terror -- and much more.
9/11 profoundly challenged the 'groundedness' of security in the
over-developed territorial state with a single act of asymmetrical
violence. Its rapid elevation by information technologies, from 'ground
zero' to global crisis, suggests that 9/11 represents something new. Is
9/11 the'first war of the 21st century', a virtual event, or the dark side
of the radical contingency of globalization? What will make us safe against
the 'global terror network'? Can technology?

Moderator: James Der Derian, Watson Institute
Carol Cohn, Wellesley
Daniel Deudney, Johns Hopkins University
John MacArthur, Harper's
Robert D. Steele, OSS.NET

4.00 p.m.

Coffee Break

4.15 - 6.00 p.m. War of Networks: Realtime, Primetime, and the Internet

  From the 'living room war' in Vietnam, to the 'CNN effect' in the Gulf
War, to the 'Internet War' in Yugoslavia, innovations in information and
communication technologies have produced profound effects on the
battlefront as well as the homefront. After 9/11, have networks produced a
more informed, more critical viewer? Have they transformed spectators into
participants? Or have networks 'force-multiplied' the terror effect? Are
some media more than others complicit in the technology of terror?

Moderator: John Santos, Ford Foundation
Martin Burcharth, Information
David Campbell, University of Newcastle
Michele Zanini, McKinsey & Co
Thomas de Zengotita, New York University

6.30 - 8.00 p.m.


8.00 - 9.00 p.m.

Keynote: Bruce Sterling, author

Waterfire and Jazz Concert

Saturday, June 8 | Technologies of Antiterror

9.00 - 10.45 a.m. The Technological Revolution in Civilian and Military Affairs

Even before the recent instances of terror, a transformation of the
capabilities and responsibilities of the military was under way. How has
9/11 affected military-civilian relations? Can we locate intersections
between terror at home and abroad? In light of technological innovation and
sophistication, how is war being reconfigured? If war is the paramount
technology of territory and sovereignty, will terror become the favored
weapon of the globally dispossessed?

Moderator: Ron Deibert, University of Toronto
Carl Conetta, Project on Defense Alternatives
Colonel Tom Ehrhard, Maxwell Air Force Base
Michael Klare, Peace and World Security Studies
Catherine Lutz, University of North Carolina

10.45 a.m.

Coffee break

11.00 a.m. - 12.45 p.m. Everyday Terror: Videoconference

Moderators: Jarat Chopra, Watson Institute and Thomas Keenan, Bard College
Yaron Ezrahi, Israel Democracy Institute
Mary Kaldor, London School of Economics
Daoud Kuttab, Institute of Modern Media
Sari Nusseibeh, Al Quds University

12.45 - 2.00 p.m.

Lunch and Multimedia
Moderator: Tom Gleason, Watson Institute
Scott Ritter, former UNSCOM Chief Inspector, screens 'In Shifting Sands'

Technologies of Counterterror

2.00 - 3.45 p.m. Infowar, Cyberwar, and the War of Dis/simulation

In an information age, power networks are ever more congruent with
knowledge and entertainment networks. If truth is the first casualty in
war, what are the costs of infowar? Is cyberwar a threat to national
security -- or to civil liberties? What are the consequences when
Hollywood, Silicon Valley and Washington join the war on terror? In the
battlespace of representations, is this an American, Western, or universal war?

Moderator: Wendy Chun, Brown University
Brahma Chellaney, Centre for Policy Research
Dorothy E. Denning, Georgetown University
Lene Hansen, Copenhagen University
William C. Martel, Naval War College

3.45 p.m.

Coffee Break

4 - 5.45 p.m. The Technologies of Change: Terrorism, Globalism, and Infopeace
The acceleration of change by technology seems to outpace human means to
understand and control its more destructive effects. How do we balance the
destructive against the constructive capabilities of technology? Do
distinctions between politics and war, and between state violence and
terrorism, help or hinder efforts to think about political violence in a
register beyond good and evil? To the extent that techniques of
counterterrorism affect, instruct, and confine the actions of citizens,
should counterterrorism be analyzed as a technology of citizenship? What is
the transformative potential of information technology for peace? What
political variety can we imagine existing in a world of peace, and how
might information technology be used to secure and defend it? From whom,
and against what?

Moderator: Annick T.R. Wibben, Watson Institute
Neta Crawford, Watson Institute
Larry George, California State University/Long Beach
Lon Troyer, University of California, Berkeley
Maja Zehfuss, University of Warwick

6.00 p.m.

Concluding Remarks: Panel Chairs

7.30 p.m.


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