This track will focus on strengthening our democratic institutions, which rely on facts, truth, and a unifying social contract. It will examine the increasing distrust in our democratic institutions amidst social polarization and how this trend threatens our future prosperity and global security. The Center will develop practical and accessible approaches to bridging the emerging divide between the American people and the institutions that were established to serve and support them.
Where a commonly held perspective on truth and fact is no longer a societal standard, democratic institutions begin to fail, leaving large segments of the population behind. Where Americans of differing views no longer share a common value system, or an ability to communicate with one another, they become divorced from a social compact. This track identifies root causes of these challenges, countermeasures to remedy them, and strategies for action by policy makers, the media, and the general public.
Climate change is fundamentally a risk that is redefining politics in the United States and across the globe. From climate-induced migration to food, water and weather security, the earth’s evolving temperature is changing the nature of policymaking and politics. CSP scholars analyze these risks and develop proposals for understanding and mitigating them at the global, national, and state levels.
Cybersecurity and Emergent Technologies
This track studies cybersecurity, particularly as it affects critical infrastructure, as well as the security and political implications of emergent technologies such as AI, biometric-based technologies, cloud computing, and quantum computing. By bringing together leading technologists with social scientists, legal scholars, ethicists, and policy practitioners, this track examines the risks, disruptions, and opportunities innovative technologies may present for democracy and democratic institutions.
Read about CSP’s Remote Digital Voting Standards Working Group