How Fandom Is Helping Mold the Future

Tech policy and sci-fi collide at Dragon Con

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Media Outlet: Future Tense

Kevin Bankston wrote for Slate's Future Tense about the impact of science fiction on the future of tech policy. 

Science fiction often predicts—or inspires—the future. Similarly, the field of tech policy is built on predictions about new technologies’ impacts on society. Perhaps nowhere is the overlap between those two fields and its practitioners clearer (or more fun) than at one of the largest annual sci-fi conventions on the planet.


Kevin Bankston is the director of New America’s Open Technology Institute, where he works in the public interest to ensure that all communities have equitable access to an internet that is both open and secure. He previously served as OTI's policy director.