The centre would aim at simultaneously working with professionals (brightest scholars and practitioners) to stimulate public understanding in our research projects that are directed towards achieving the following programs.
- Poverty eradication. This would be pursued towards economic growth and development efforts achievable through technologies that are sustainable: enhancing income opportunities, access to safe drinking water, and improvement of life of slum dwellers, farms and farmers.
- Environment (Unchecked population growth, urban and energy insecurity, windstorm, solar storm, geomagnetic storms, electromagnetic pulses (EMF), geomagnetic disturbances (GMD), Drought) and Development. These generates enormous task for social development in Africa and Nigeria and calls for urgent action
- Health/Social Security: Through our Health and Social Security research program we intend to link with like-minded individuals and organizations working in the sphere of health and social security and development policy to encourage the understanding and the diffusion Of emerging technologies in Nigeria and Africa, and systematically examines the problems of access to new technologies.
- Globalization and Democracy: We are witnessing a global system of political polarization that is reinforced by social and economic polarization; and threat to global democracy and to democratic institutions accentuated by the Orwellian use of new technologies, social media, etc. So, how do we keep balance of technology and human rights? The Centre also believes we must embrace globalization through a combination of free trade and efforts to provide Africa and Nigeria with the tools they need to compete and succeed: technology is vital in international competition, and the balance of power. On the other hand, globalization is vital in the transfer of technology and access to new and emerging technologies.
- Technology and National Security: Technology is changing our lives. Rapid developments in artificial intelligence, autonomy, cyber – physical systems, networking and disinformation are profoundly altering the national security landscape. Nation – states have new tools at their disposal for political influence as well as new vulnerabilities to attacks. Non-state groups and individuals are empowered by social media and radical transparency. Artificial intelligence and automation raise profound questions about the role of humans in conflict and war. CETD – Nigeria Technology and National Security program explores the policy challenges associated with these and other emerging technologies. A key focus of the program is bringing together the technology and policy communities to better understand these challenges and together develop solutions.
- Technology and Defense: Modern technologies (particularly arms production technology and trade in arms) plays an important role in military preparations; it determines the channel along which the most up-to-date means of warfare are spread to all countries which increases the military preparedness of a nation, determines its strategies and assessments of its security and defense. Modern nation-states also are persistently seeking an increase in their military expenditure so as to use its scientific and technological potential for stepping up military preparations. Successful implementation of new technologies might lead to new concepts of operations that could influence force structure and force employment, or how military organize themselves and plan operations; including the approach to space as an area of competition in the near future. With its innovative research, writing, and engagement the technology and Defense team drives the Nigeria and Africa national defense debate forward.
- Technology, Economics and Society: We are witnessing the emergency of a new technological economy transforming the whole of the world. The issue is how we adopt and use this technology in ways that improves inclusive growth of the economy and society. As long as we engage in production in an inclusive way, modern technology has the potential to liberate humanity from much toil and repetition and give us the freedom to be more productive. Does African and Nigeria need aid for this human liberation? We need effective public policy and business development. To realize this, we must engage our government and policy makers, who, for the most part have been left behind by the march of technological progress. We must push them to develop the legislative frameworks through which we can prepare our societies and economics for a future in which citizens are able to reap the rewards of emerging technologies, and not merely be transformed into its casualties.
- Technology, Energy and National Security: Through this program we intend to analyze and explain the intersection of policy, markets, and technology; and to link expertise in the private and public sectors as well as regional expertise of scholars who together shall formulate innovative yet pragmatic policy recommendations. The program will collaborate with leaders in industry, government, academic, and nonprofits to develop events and projects designed to help decision makers craft smart energy policies that balance economic, environmental and security priorities.
- Research and advocacy on technology, public policy/ethics issues
- Publishing of books and newsletters, journals and audio-visual materials
- Organizing essay competition
- Writing on strategy, technologies and development issues
- Students based programme
FUNDING AND INDEPENDENCE
In order to safeguard our independence
- We are politically non partisan
- We rely on donations from individuals, private sectors, foundations and relevant others
- Research is not directed by our supporters