The Doomsday Clock is an internationally recognized design that conveys how close we are to destroying our civilization with dangerous technologies of our own making. First and foremost among these are nuclear weapons, but the dangers include climate-changing technologies, emerging... Read More
Do you think the hands of the Doomsday Clock should be closer to or farther from midnight?
Maria José Espona
Espona is co-director of Information Quality in Argentina, a nonprofit organization promoting information quality methodology in Spanish-speaking countries. She teaches graduate courses in science and technology, disarmament, information quality, and digital intelligence at Argentine universities including the National Defense School and has published widely on weapons of mass destruction, especially biological weapons. She received a master's degree in terrorism studies from UNIR Spain in 2013 and also holds a degree in biology from Argentina's University of Buenos Aires. She is working toward a doctorate in data governance from the University of Castilla-La Mancha and a second doctorate in biological weapons and disease from Granada University, both in Spain.
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