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July 19: US-Japan AI Security: Adversarial AI Risks and Mitigation Strategies for Disinformation and Cyber Threats

Today, there is growing attention on societal impacts of the rapid development of Artificial Intelligence. While the utilization of cutting-edge AI technology offers various advantages, the development and use of "adversarial AI," or AI with malicious intent or attacks against AI, has emerged as a serious economic security risk for nations around the world.

Against this backdrop, the Economic Security Research Program (ESRP) at RCAST, the University of Tokyo and the Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA will co-host a symposium titled "US-Japan AI Security: Adversarial AI Risks and Mitigation Strategies for Disinformation and Cyber Threats".

The symposium will feature speakers from the U.S. government in charge of developing policies to promote and regulate AI technology development, as well as researchers from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), leading national research institutes for AI research in the United States. They will introduce cutting-edge AI technology developments in the U.S. and explore risks and opportunities these technologies will bring to our society. In particular, we will discuss how to deal with AI-enabled disinformation and cyberattacks, ideal promotion and regulatory means for the government, and the future of Japan-US cooperation on AI related issues.

  • Date July 19th (Fri.), 2024 14:00-16:30 JST
  • Place Komaba II Campus ENEOS Hall (RCAST 3rd South Building 1st floor)
  • Fee For Free
  • Speakers 【Panelists】
    ・Amy Henninger (Senior Advisor and Branch Chief Advanced Computing; US Department of Homeland Security)
    ・Maria Glenski (Data Scientist and Leader of the Foundational Data Science Group, National Security Directorate, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)
    ・Edmon Begoli (Director, Center for Al Security Research; Oak Ridge National Laboratory)
    ・Michael Goldman (Associate Program Leader in Global Security; Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory)【Moderator】
    ・Akira Igata: ESRP, RCAST, The University of Tokyo
  • Language English and Japanese (with simultaneous interpretation)
インド太平洋における日米豪三ヶ国協力:防衛・経済安保・価値観
05.06.2023 Past
Japan-US-Australia Trilateral Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific: Defense, Economic Security, and Values

As the risk of a crisis over Taiwan is loudly voiced today, the tripartite relationship between Japan, the United States, and Australia is gaining increasing importance in the evolving security landscape of the Indo-Pacific. This relationship is expanding its collaboration in various fields such as diplomacy, security, economics, and values. With a view to further deepening this relationship, the University of Tokyo's Advanced Mizui Research in Rule Formation Strategy and Economic Security Program will host a panel discussion featuring experts from Japan, the U.S., and Australia.

To realize a "Free and Open Indo-Pacific," the panel will examine not only military cooperation but also address economic intimidation, diversification of critical supply chains, and collaboration in advanced science and technology as economic security issues. Furthermore, the panel will also discuss challenges related to the ideological conflict between democracy and authoritarianism, as well as tackling disinformation and influence operations on the soft-power front. The analysis will consider how the three countries should utilize multilateral frameworks like QUAD, AUKUS, BDN, PBP, G7, and IPEF to address these challenges.

エマニュエル米国大使招待講演「日米同盟と経済安全保障――対威圧連合の形成に向けて」
27.03.2023 Past
Special lecture by the Honorable Rahm Emanuel, the U.S. Ambassador to Japan

On Monday, 18 May 2023, the Economic Security Research Program (ESRP) at the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology (RCAST), The University of Tokyo hosted a symposium. The event featured the Hon. Rahm Emanuel, the Ambassador of the United States to Japan, and was attended by more than one hundred people. The symposium comprised a keynote speech by Ambassador Emanuel, a subsequent discussion with Professor Akira Igata, Project Lecturer and Director of the ESRP, and a Q&A session with the audience.

Ambassador Emanuel held key positions in the U.S, including serving as a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Chief of Staff to the President during the Obama Administration, and Mayor of Chicago. He has been serving as the Ambassador of the United States to Japan since 2021.

After a welcome speech by Masakazu Sugiyama, the Director of RCAST, Ambassador Emanuel delivered his keynote address. He touched upon the content of his report on economic coercion, emphasizing that the current state of international relations has been significantly disrupted by factors such as COVID-19, Chinese coercion, and Russia's invasion of Ukraine. He further stressed the need for a collective defense against economic coercion, especially with regard to China.

Following his keynote, Ambassador Emanuel engaged in a discussion with Professor Igata and responded to questions from the audience. The discussion spanned a wide range of topics, including not only economic security but also Ambassador Emanuel's leadership during his tenure as Mayor of Chicago, his insights into Japanese domestic issues, and the merits of liberal democracy.

The content discussed during this symposium is reflected in the framework about economic coercion presented at the G7 Hiroshima summit.

Our program is deeply committed to cutting-edge policy research in the field of economic security. We endeavor to find solutions that harmonize the rapidly evolving realms of science and technology with the dynamic arena of international politics. Both elements are crucial in our pursuit of a better society.

Moving forward, our program will continue to facilitate dialogue with visionary societies through similar events centered on economic security.

Liz Truss氏招待講演「日英関係の将来とインド太平洋における経済安全保障」
18.02.2023 Past
Liz Truss, Invited Speaker, "The Future of Anglo-Japanese Relations and Economic Security in the Indo-Pacific

On Saturday, February 18, 2023, the Economic Security Research Program (ESRP) at the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, The University of Tokyo hosted a special lecture by Her Excellency Liz Truss, the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, at the Ito International Research Center's Ito Hall.

She served as the Secretary of State for Environment under the David Cameron administration, as the Secretary of State for Justice under the Theresa May administration and held positions as the Secretary of State for International Trade, the Foreign Secretary, and the Minister for Women and Equalities under the Boris Johnson administration. Subsequently, she served as the 78th Prime Minister of the UK. She swiftly finalized the Anglo-Japanese EPA after Brexit and made adjustments for the UK to join the CPTPP (Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership) as the Secretary of State for International Trade. When she was the Foreign Secretary, she proposed the UK’s economic security policy as “The return of geopolitics” in the Mansion House Speech, which is held in the official residence of the Mayor of London, with invited financial sector professionals, thereby leading the discussion on economic security, a topic that has recently garnered attention.

After a welcome speech by Professor Masakazu Sugiyama, the Director of RCAST, she delivered her keynote speech. She provided insights into the future of Anglo-Japanese relations, the potential for cooperation in the Indo-Pacific in the realm of economic security and advocated for the establishment of an organization similar to NATO, but with a primary focus on the economy.

Following her keynote, she engaged in a discussion with Professor Akira Igata, Project Lecturer of RCAST and Director of the ESRP, and responded to questions from the audience. The discussion covered a wide range of topics, including the desired capabilities of national intelligence, details of the organization she proposed, and the possibility of her serving as Prime Minister again.

Our program is deeply committed to cutting-edge policy research in the field of economic security. We aim to find solutions that harmonize the rapidly evolving realms of science and technology with the dynamic world of international politics. Both aspects are essential in our pursuit of a better society. During the discussion, a comprehensive dialogue unfolded, covering both general and specific topics related to economic security.

Moving forward, our program will continue to facilitate discussions with visionary societies through similar events centered on economic security.

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