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Hello, this is Nicolas, with a (longer) special edition of our science and tech newsletter, as all eyes are on the highly awaited Biden-Putin summit taking place today in Geneva.

Ahead of the meeting, cybersecurity expert Steven Meyer asks whether the US president will be able to pressure his Russian counterpart on cybercrime.

Then, we turn to today’s agenda, while dissecting what to expect from the Geneva summit. And we finish off with a deep dive into the city’s historic role in diplomatic talks.

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Nicolas Camut, Geneva

16.06.2021


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👨‍💻🔫 Will Biden pressure Putin on cybercrime? Since the election of President Joe Biden, the United States has been targeted by several cyberattacks – most of them originating in Russia. As Biden meets with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin at the Villa La Grange, it is time for him to flex his muscles regarding cybercrime – but there is little hope of him succeeding, says CEO of cybersecurity firm ZENDATA Steven Meyer.

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A closer look at the Biden-Putin summit


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⏰⬅️ Geneva, back to the future. US President Joe Biden landed with Air Force One in Geneva yesterday. Ahead of his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin today, we look back at the historic top-level meetings held here.

Geneva Solutions (EN)

🗓️ What’s the agenda? With thousands of people involved and several meetings happening, here’s all you need to know about the unfolding events in the city.

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⚡A tense summit. The summit comes as tensions between the United States and Russia are running high. Here’s what to expect from the meeting.

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🇨🇭🇺🇸Swiss good offices on the table. When meeting the US leader, Swiss president Guy Parmelin highlighted his country's long tradition in facilitating peace-making efforts and offered its expertise in crisis negotiations.

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Anticipatory reads by GESDA


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“We are entering a frightening time for humanity.” So ends a recent article in Axios (read below), covering a new report by a British non-profit called the Centre for Long-Term Resilience. Its author, Toby Ord from Oxford University, estimates “the chance that we will experience an existential catastrophe over the next 100 years is one in six, the equivalent of playing Russian roulette with our future.” All in all, he calls for the creation of “chief risk officers” among nations, empowered to examine the development of technologies with an eye toward what could go very wrong.

One could see things more positively and, when looking at the upcoming science and technology advances, also mention opportunities instead of only risks – without evading the latter. The anticipation of possible scientific breakthroughs, keeping in mind the need to have most people on this planet benefit from them, should be given as much interest as pointing to the threats. That is the main focus area of the Geneva Science and Diplomacy Anticipator GESDA.

– Olivier Dessibourg

The world needs a chief risk officer. A future that will see escalating danger from extreme risks demands a longer-term approach to handling these threats

Axios (EN)

Toward deep decarbonisation. Transformational technologies essential to the clean-energy transition

Foreign Policy (EN)

Financing a sustainable ocean economy. The ocean, which regulates climate and supports vital ecosystem services, is crucial to our Earth system and livelihoods

Nature Communications (EN)

Global AI market predicted to reach nearly $1 trillion by 2028. An almost ten-fold increase over 2021

The Next Web (EN)

Why AI should be afraid of us. Because benevolent bots are suckers

The New York Times (EN)

Mosquitoes armed with virus-fighting bacteria sharply curb dengue infections, hospitalisations. A new fighting strategy has passed its most rigorous test yet: a large, randomised, controlled trial

Science (EN)

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This selection is proposed by the Geneva Science and Diplomacy Anticipator GESDA, working on anticipating cutting-edge science and technological advances to develop innovative and inclusive solutions for the benefit of the planet and its inhabitants.


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