Ishan Sharma

Ishan is a Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellow on Emerging Technologies at the Federation of American Scientists. He holds a B.S. from Cornell University and has studied law at the University of Oxford. Reporting directly to FAS President Dr. Ali Nouri, Ishan is leading a project on emerging technologies and international security. As leadership in the era of AI requires leadership by example, Ishan is convening a multi-stakeholder report and roundtable to counter digital authoritarianism with an ethical-use, democratic-alternative system of surveillance. Ishan also works with an all-star team at the Day One Project to curate and develop key science and technology proposals for the start of the new administration. Naturally, much of his work focuses on information controls and digital surveillance, China’s techno-geopolitical ecosystem, and the future of the Internet, democracy, and human rights in the Information Age. In particular, he’s written on China’s strategic exports in the political economy of AI surveillance, co-authored a prize-winning piece in New America’s 2020 Security Models “Era of Covid” policy competition, and has been asked to speak on these topics at Cornell TEDx

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