Eyes Wide Open: Ethical Risks In Research Collaboration With China

Wednesday, December 15, 2021
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

The Hoover Institution hosts Eyes Wide Open: Ethical Risks in Research Collaboration with China on Wednesday, December 15 from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. PST

The Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Automation (CASIA) is a global hub for research into artificial intelligence. It collaborates extensively with leading US universities and technology firms. But CASIA also develops public security and defense applications for the PRC state that facilitate mass surveillance and human rights abuses, particularly in Xinjiang. How can our research enterprise navigate a world full of such potential partners in authoritarian nations without compromising its democratic values, research ethics and integrity?


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ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

Jeffrey Stoff is the founder of Redcliff Enterprises, a start-up that seeks to build public-private partnerships to protect research and intellectual capital. Stoff spent eighteen years in the US government as a senior analyst focused on critical technology protection issues. He has advised the White House, departments of Defense and State, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

Glenn Tiffert is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and a historian of modern China. He co-leads the Hoover project on China’s Global Sharp Power and works closely with government and civil society partners to document and build resilience against authoritarian interference with democratic institutions. Most recently, he co-authored and edited Global Engagement: Rethinking Risk in the Research Enterprise (2020).

Sophie Richardson serves as the China Director at Human Rights Watch. She has overseen the organization’s research and advocacy on China since 2006, and has published extensively on human rights and political reform in the country and across Southeast Asia. Dr. Richardson is the author of China, Cambodia, and the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence (2009).

Larry Diamond is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) and a Bass University Fellow in Undergraduate Education at Stanford University. He is also professor, by courtesy, of political science and sociology at Stanford. He leads the Hoover Institution’s programs on China’s Global Sharp Power and on Taiwan in the Indo-Pacific Region.

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