Posted by: ctbtonewsroom | June 22, 2015

Detecting the bomb – T4GS Citizen Science Forum at the CTBTO Science and Technology Conference 2015 (Atomic Reporters)

Atomic Reporters is offering journalists pointers to some of the key topics to be discussed at the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban-Treaty Organisation (CTBTO) Science and Technology Conference 22-26 June 2015 at the Hofburg, Vienna, Austria.

Technology for Global Security (T4GS), a non-profit organisation, will announce an international series of technology contests to improve global nuclear security during a panel discussion at 11.30 on 23rd June at the CTBTO Science and Technology Conference 2015. Leading the discussion will be former U.S. Secretary of Defense William Perry, a long-time advocate of nuclear disarmament.

T4GS applies science and technology available in the public domain to address today’s most urgent security challenges. It is also acting on the global stage to create opportunities that accelerate the development of new technologies for detecting nuclear tests. Over the last two decades, technologies such as the internet, cloud computing, so-called big data, social networking, open source data and crowdsourcing, have provided new opportunities for the public to be involved in detecting nuclear explosions. If properly applied to the problems of global security, T4GS says such technologies and methodologies could have a positive effect. “We are currently in talks to identify the first three cities to host our international technology competitions,” said Mike McNerney, Organising Director of T4GS, “this is a global problem and it will take global participation to succeed.”

During the 23rd June session event, Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary of the CTBTO, will talk about how such innovative approaches to improving nuclear security and verification can lead to a positive and fresh approach to tackling challenges in nuclear non-proliferation. The event will also be used to launch a hackathon event in which young technologists will be provided with a competitive environment in which to pit their skills in solving a critical nuclear security problem. A central goal of T4GS is to engage a new generation in nuclear non-proliferation issues.

T4GS is a non-partisan, non-political network of informed citizens whose goal is to bring the application of technology to the most challenging security problems. By building networks for creative interaction, T4GS engages technologists in the private sector with the global security needs of international monitoring organisations and governments. T4GS follows advice and technical guidance from government officials, but takes no government sponsorship. A question and answer session will be held during the event, and a reception will follow in the evening.

Read more about SnT2015 here 

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