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State Department creates new office to address rising innovations in technology

January 19, 2023
By: Jonathan Dillon

The U.S. Department of State established a new office intended to develop and coordinate critical and emerging technology foreign policy, including biotechnology, advanced computing, artificial intelligence, and quantum information technologies.  The Office of the Special Envoy for Critical and Emerging Technology began operations Jan. 3. The office will offer policy expertise in technology, diplomatic leadership, and strategic direction for the department.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken established the office as part of a modernization agenda to address the emerging technologies reshaping the world that are an integral part of the conduct of U.S. foreign policy and diplomacy.

science policy, technology