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Topic A:

 Cybersecurity

As the world becomes more reliant on technology for everything from critical infrastructure to simple everyday tasks, the risk of malicious activity will continue to rise. The last few years have seen cyber-attacks from both state and non-state actors lead to billions of dollars in damages. The alleged Russian hacking of the 2016 US election, the Wannacry virus which shut down hospitals in the UK, and Facebook’s recent revelation that over 50 million accounts were compromised are just a handful of examples. It is essential that the world comes together to establish a framework on cybersecurity to prevent future economic and humanitarian crises. It’s also imperative that states seeking to engage in cyber activities do so under proper terms, and that areas of the developing world can support the necessary infrastructure to detour would-be criminals. 


In committee, we want to see solutions that move beyond simple measures to increase cybersecurity. The reality is, in a modern world, we will continue to suffer from acts of cybercrime and warfare. Therefore, we must look at solutions that not only seek to lesson these instances, but also solutions for after attacks occur. Should the international community aid in recovery from cybercrime in the same way that we might come together for a natural disaster? What solutions can countries across the economic spectrum implement to safeguard their data and reduce the severity of attacks when they happen? These are some of the question this committee will deal with.

Topic B: The Ethics of Biomedical Engineering

Western medicine has made great strides over the past century in its effort to eradicate diseases, offer higher quality of life, and in unlocking the mysterious of our genetic code. With all the great advancements we’ve seen, there is a growing amount of international alarm over what is or could be possible in the next few decades and whether it should be ethically permissible. Concepts like cloning for civilian or military purposes, human augmentation, designer babies and savior siblings, complete elimination of disabilities, and gene therapy have members of the internationally community deeply concerned. To what extent should these different technologies be allowed? How do we prevent inequality developing between those who can afford such complex medical producers and those who can’t? For the medical advancements that are universally beneficial, how do we ensure they are universally accessible? It will be the responsibility of this committee to draft a framework on the peaceful uses of biomedical technology that all countries can agree upon.
 

Delegates should note that there really isn’t a right answer to these questions and are encouraged through their research to develop their own opinions in conjunction with that of their countries on how to address these issues. This topic is serious for a high school conference and we understand that some elements may contain sensitive subject matter. With that said, these are issues our society will be facing in the coming decades and we expect all delegates to remain serious, engaged, and courteous of others throughout the conference. 

Letter from the Chair

Welcome to the United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD). My name is Hayden Boilini and I am the Head Delegate of the UMiami Model United Nations Team as well as your Chair for the weekend. To give you a bit about myself, I am a senior here at the University of Miami majoring in Economics and Political Science with minors in Philosophy, Psychology, and Latin American Studies. I was inspired to create a committee on technology after studying US Defense policy and global cyber terrorism as well having taken multiple classes on biomedical ethics. I wanted to create a committee that touched upon the unsolved questions brought up in each course and see what solutions delegates could come up with given such an opportunity. These are topics I am extremely passionate about and I believe will be increasingly relevant in the coming decades. I look forward to listening to the solutions you all will bring to the table and for a weekend of rigorous and exciting debate.

If you have any questions about either of the topics or the committee itself, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me via email at hmb90@miami.edu.

Best Regards, 

Hayden Boilini

CSTD Chair