The 54th Annual
Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference:
"Human Security in the Information Age"
April 8-10, 2014
The 54th Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference will look at the nature of the changing relationship between the individual and the state within the context of the Information Age.
This conference aims to examine the Information Age within the paradigm of human security emphasizing the security of the individual over the traditional construct of national security. The last three decades have seen a proliferation of information technologies and increasingly complex social networks. These technologies enable citizens to interact, collaborate, inform, and take collective action in ways that are redefining the traditional understanding of what it means to be secure in our persons. Political, criminal, and violent threats made possible by the Information Age not only threaten individual security but also undermine the ability of the state to protect its citizens. Likewise, the Information Age is forcing a reevaluation of the role of the state itself with regards to the exchange of information amongst its people, with non-state actors, and with other states. How does the Information Age affect the security of the individual? What form will the interactions between states and the individual take in this new Information Age? Has the Information Age enabled freedom or strengthened control?
Established in 1961, the Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference brings together more than 150 undergraduate students from the United States and over a dozen foreign countries every year for three days of critical discussions, lectures, informal exchanges, and social events.