2014 SEA TechTable: Dr. Madeleine Albright

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Madeleine K. Albright is Chair of Albright Stoneridge Group, and Chair of Albright Capital Management, an affiliated investment advisory firm focused on emerging markets. She was the 64th Secretary of State of the United States. In 2012, Dr. Albright received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, from President Obama.

In 1997, Dr. Albright was named the first female Secretary of State and became, at that time, the highest ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government. As Secretary of State, Dr. Albright reinforced America’s alliances, advocated for democracy and human rights, and promoted American trade, business, labor, and environmental standards abroad. From 1993 to 1997, Dr. Albright served as the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations and was a member of the President’s Cabinet.

Prior to her service in the Clinton Administration, she served as President of the Center for National Policy; was a member of President Jimmy Carter’s National Security Council and White House staff; and served as Chief Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Edmund Muskie.

Dr. Albright is a Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. She chairs both the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs and the Pew Global Attitudes Project and serves as president of the Truman Scholarship Foundation. She serves on the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Policy Board, a group tasked with providing the Secretary of Defense with independent, informed advice and opinion concerning matters of defense policy. Dr. Albright also serves on the Boards of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Aspen Institute and the Center for American Progress. In 2009, Dr. Albright was asked by NATO Secretary General Anders Fog Rasmussen to Chair a Group of Experts focused on developing NATO’s New Strategic Concept.

Dr. Albright received a B.A. with Honors from Wellesley College, and Master’s and Doctorate degrees from Columbia University’s Department of Public Law and Government, as well as a Certificate from its Russian Institute.

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[quote author=”Dr. Madeleine Albright”]How can we explain Ukraine in 140 characters?[/quote]

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[heading]Key Takeaways[/heading]
[v_icon color=”#1B75BB” style=”pull-left” size=”38px” target=”_blank” name=”moon-contract”]Technology has an enormous impact on how we receive and synthesize information. While introducing many positive benefits, technology has also changed the way we view each other and has contributed to some of the stratification we see in today’s society, both in terms of economics and political and social beliefs. The challenges seems to be to figure out how to use technology in a way that takes advantage of its ability to spread information, while helping readers synthesize and understand what they are consuming.

[v_icon color=”#F37320″ style=”pull-left” size=”38px” target=”_blank” name=”moon-leaf”]Technology can also play a role in making this information relevant to the public. During our table, the question came up, “how do we get the young kid in rural Iowa to care about Ukraine?” The general consensus is that people want to know how these issues will affect them. Without this connection, they have no incentive to consume that information and will divert their attention elsewhere. If the everyday person can relate to the narrative, then they have a reason to keep listening.

[v_icon color=”#FBAD1D” style=”pull-left” size=”38px” target=”_blank” name=”moon-cogs”]One of the primary reasons that the opportunity is so ripe for technological contributions is because of the changing role of political parties and institutions. Before the prevalence of technology, political parties were the channels through which people communicated with government. However, the relevance of these entities is beginning to decrease as people have other means through which to communicate with their leaders and with likeminded individuals. As Dr. Albright describes, we need to develop institutions that create deliverables and can anticipate what citizens want and need. This is another place that technology comes in. Not only is the technology industry particularly adept at determining the next device a consumer will want, it is also skilled at marketing these products so that consumers understand what they are and why they are important. The technology community can play a role at implementing these skills at a government level.

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[heading]Executive Briefing[/heading]

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