Politics and technology are both highly complex, and mastery of each realm requires considerable investment. When the two are intertwined, the result often misses the mark, with unanticipated costs for the developers and investors in the technology, and counter-productive political outcomes. In the Middle East, and on issues related to Israel, the mix is particularly explosive, as illustrated in the controversy and costs resulting from Airbnb's recent venture into the boycott campaign. Prof. Steinberg, who began his professional life in physics and then moved into international relations, will examine these issues from both academic and operational perspectives.
Prof. Gerald Steinberg is the president of NGO Monitor and a professor of Political Studies at Bar Ilan University, where he founded the Program on Conflict Management and Negotiation. His research interests include international relations, Middle East diplomacy and security, the politics of human rights and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), Israeli politics and arms control. Prof. Steinberg obtained a Bachelors of Arts from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Masters of Science from the University of California, San Diego. He received his Ph.D from Cornell University in 1981 before making Aliyah in 1982.
Prof. Steinberg founded NGO Monitor following the 2001 UN World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa. His op-ed columns have been published in the The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Ha'aretz, International Herald Tribune, The Jerusalem Post and other publications. He has appeared as a commentator on BBC, CNN, MSNBC, Al Jazeera and NPR.
Wednesday, March 6
$18 General Public | $15 Members and J-Pass Holders | $20 at the door
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