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ISC and its partners organised the 9th edition of the Science Summit around the 78th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA78) on 12-29 September 2023.
The role and contribution of science to attaining the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be the central theme of the Summit. The objective is to develop and launch science collaborations to demonstrate global science mechanisms and activities to support the attainment of the UN SDGs, Agenda 2030 and Local2030. The meeting will also prepare input for the United Nations Summit of the Future, which will take place during UNGA79 beginning on 12 September 2024.
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Bautista Martinez

Montevideo, Uruguay
Over the last few years, Bautista has focused on the societal impacts of technological advancements, mainly social media and its influence on mental health, democratic processes, and the spread of misinformation. Bautista works with local legislators in Uruguay to strengthen privacy laws and further regulate Big Tech and their practices which purposefully keep us addicted and radicalized for the sake of profit. He is also planning on replicating international efforts to educate developers, policymakers, and youth on these practices and possible alternatives that put the user first, further conducting research to align these efforts to the local market. 

In terms of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, this issue best relates to Goal 9 of Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure, for it focuses on ensuring innovation and digital disruption do not come at a cost for current and future generations, rather it must be done in a way that empowers every user and does not further the digital and socioeconomic divide. 

Bautista is an incoming freshman at Harvard College, where he will continue to advocate for the regulation of Big Tech and the development of technologies that empower users by studying Computer Science and Government.