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Date and Location

December 4, 2019
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
B-500 Bell Hall



​China’s rise cannot be meaningfully assessed without a close look at the digital domain. Disputes related to digital technologies feature front and center in the U.S.-China trade war, as China continues making digital inroads on the European Continent. Meanwhile, debates over regulatory measures like GDPR serve as a reminder of the differences between the American and European approaches to data governance. Just how far has China gotten in its quest to primacy in digital technologies like 5G? What underlies China’s fervid pursuit of an AI-fueled national strategy? As American tech firms face sustained pushback from European governments in the latter’s renewed call for “digital sovereignty,” how feasible is a coordinated U.S.-EU response to China’s digital expansion? Finally, how might this all be engendering a new balance between individual right to privacy, corporate interest and state power on a global scale? Join a panel of experts from an array of backgrounds in a vibrant discussion of these pressing topics. 

Speakers:Joel Brenner, Senior Research Fellow, Center for International Studies; Internet Policy Research Initiative, MIT; Former Head of Counterintelligence, Office of the Director of National IntelligenceDanil Kerimi, Head of Technology Industries Sector, Digital Economy and Global Technology Policy, World Economic Forum; Head of the Center for 4th Industrial Revolution of ChinaMeicen Sun, PhD Candidate, Department of Political Sciences, MIT; Global Shaper, World Economic ForumDaniel Weitzner, Founding Director, Internet Policy Research Initiative; Principal Research Scientist, Computer Science & Artifical Intelligence Lab, MIT; Former Deputy CTO for Internet Policy, the White HouseModerator:Cathryn Clüver Ashbrook, Executive Director, the Future of Diplomacy Project and the Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship, Harvard UniversityCo-sponsored by the Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship and the Asia Center.