Trafficking Data with Aynne Kokas

Curator’s Corner

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Wednesday, November 9, 2022
12:00 PM ET
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Is China the major shaper of global information? Has the US traded the explosive growth of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs for a Wild West of data regulation where anything goes and US national security is at risk?

Join Spy Museum Historian and Curator Dr. Andrew Hammond in conversation with Dr. Aynne Kokas, author of Trafficking Data: How China is Winning the Battle for Digital Sovereignty. For over 20 years, Kokas, the C.K. Yen Chair at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center, has researched trade between the US and Chinese markets. She has looked at how technology firms in these two countries have exploited government policy (and the lack thereof) to gather information on citizens, putting US national security in jeopardy.

Kokas argues that US government leadership failures, Silicon Valley's disruption fetish, and Wall Street's addiction to growth have fueled China's technological goldrush. She believes in turn, that American complacency yields an unprecedented opportunity for Chinese firms to gather data in the United States and quietly send it back to the Chinese government who capitalize on this data for political gain. Whether you’ve used TikTok or not, you should not miss this eye-opening conversation!

Following their discussion, you’ll be able to ask questions via our online platform. Auto-generated closed captioning will be available for this program.

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