Wherever I am, the world comes after me.
It offers me its busyness. It does not believe that I do not want it.
Now I understand 
why the old poets of China went so far
and high 
into the mountains, then crept into the pale mist.
"The Old Poets of China" by Mary Oliver

The UP Asian Center and the UP Department of Political Science will be holding the public lecture "Technology Governance and Global Innovation"  on 30 April 2024, 1–2:30 PM (Philippine time) at the Seminar Room, GT-Toyota Asian Cultural Center. The event is free and open to the public. Online registration is encouraged.


There are at least three discernible patterns of technology governance in the world today—the United States, Europe, and China define different modalities of governance derivative from the interplay of their national security interests, technology strategy, and innovation culture. Moving forward, present predispositions of these dominant players in the vast domain of emerging technologies lean toward a hardening of their approaches to governance. Will governance fragmentation in emerging technologies become a reality, or are there conditions that lead us to consider that a more collective, cooperative norm will prevail upon technology’s global leaders? What are the security implications of these two scenarios?
An attempt to answer these questions will begin with an examination of the nature of the three dominant paradigms of technology governance. We will then proceed to discuss the strategic ramifications of the three "option" of governance now and into the future.


DR. VIRGINIA BACAY WATSON is a Professor at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in Honolulu, Hawaii. Her areas of interest and publication include science, technology, and security in the Asia-Pacific region, water security, and Southeast Asia geopolitics. She has held appointments at the University of Denver and the Colorado School of Mines. She served as an exchange faculty for the University of Colorado in Beijing, China, as well as a consultant on issues pertaining to water security, science, technology, and security, Southeast Asia and the Philippines.
Dr. Watson obtained her bachelor’s degrees in Asian Studies and Management of Financial Institutions from the Philippines. She holds a master’s degree in Asian Studies from Cornell University and a doctorate in International Studies (comparative politics) in the areas of Public Policy and International Technology Assessment and Management from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies of the University of Denver. She is fluent in Tagalog and Ilonggo and conversant in Japanese and Spanish.


This lecture is organized by the UP Asian Center and the Department of Political Science, College of Social Sciences and Philosophy of the University of the Philippines Diliman. 
For inquiries, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 891-8500 loc. 3586.

The Asian Center, University of the Philippines Diliman offers M.A. degrees in Asian Studies with four fields of specialization: Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and West Asia. The UP Asian Center also has an M.A. program in Philippine Studies that allows students to major in Philippine society and culture, Philippine foreign relations, or Philippine development studies. It also offers a Ph.D. program in Philippine Studies in conjunction with the College of Arts and Letters and the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy. For an overview of these graduate programs, click here. As an area studies institution, the Asian Center also publishes Asian Studies: Journal of Critical Perspectives on Asia, the latest issue of which can be downloaded at the journal's website.