A Star Trek Model for Space? How SciFi Impacts Law

Mar 16, 2021

10:15am – 11:10am CT

Has the future already been explored in fiction? Does science fiction impact real world policy? Three experts in security, technology policy, and space law examine the Star Trek universe against America’s consistently shifting domestic space policies and existing international agreements. The panel will discuss the relevance of science fiction to law-makers generally, and dive into a comparative analysis of Star Trek to the real world. Discussion will range from access to space, to war in space, to government structures for regulating space, to the questions raised by the landmark television series, ultimately asking “are we as optimistic as Gene Roddenberry?”

Programming descriptions are generated by participants and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of SXSW.

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Elsbeth Magilton

University of Nebraska

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Gabriel Swiney

U.S. State Department

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Kathryn Waldron

R Street Institute

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