University expert discusses increasing impact of technology on international security

Dr Andrew Futter presents at international conference on non-proliferation and disarmament

A University expert has spoken at an international conference on the increasing impact of technology on security and nuclear non-proliferation.

Dr Andrew Futter, Associate Professor in International Politics from our School of History, Politics and International Relations (HyPIR) gave remarks on a plenary session at the EU Non-Proliferation Consortium.

The EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Conference, Europe’s largest gathering of non-proliferation, disarmament and deterrence specialists, took place in Brussels on 3–4 November. It is one of the biggest fora of its type globally with over 300 participants.

His talk, entitled ‘The Impact of Technological Change on Security and Non-Proliferation’, examines how the information age, where every aspect of our daily lives has become digitised and reliant on computers, is impacting the managements of nuclear weapons. In this, he covers the rise and spread of ballistic missile defences, precision strike technologies and the cyber threat that Dr Futter sees as involving the command and control of computers and the disruption or destruction of information on those computers.

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