The Rise Of Digital Authoritarianism: China, AI, & Human Rights

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 to Friday, October 9, 2020
Hoover Institution

The Hoover Institution is co-hosting The Rise of Digital Authoritarianism: China, AI, & Human Rights on September 29, October 1, October 6, and October 9, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. PDT.

Day Content panelists

September 29
9-11AM PDT

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Welcome Remarks

Larry Diamond, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution and FSI, Principal Investigator, Global Digital Policy Incubator

Glenn Tiffert, Research Fellow, Hoover Institution

Jenny Wang, Strategic Advisor, Human Rights Foundation

Opening Remarks

Condoleezza Rice, Director, Hoover Institution, Former U.S. Secretary of State, Denning Professor in Global Business at the Graduate School of Business 

Panel 1: How AI is powering China's Domestic Surveillance State

How is AI exacerbating surveillance risks and enabling digital authoritarianism? This session will examine both state-sponsored applications and Chinese commercial services.

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian | China Reporter, Axios

Paul Mozur | Asia Technology Correspondent, New York Times

Glenn Tiffert | Research Fellow, Hoover Institution

Xiao Qiang | UC Berkeley & Editor-in-Chief, China Digital Times

Melissa Chan | Journalist, The Global Reporting Centre

october 1
9-11AM PDT

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Keynote & Conversation

The Ethics of Doing Business with China and Chinese Companies 
Eric Schmidt | Former Executive Chairman and CEO, Google//Co-Founder, Schmidt Futures
Conversant: Eileen Donahoe, Executive Director of GDPi

Panel 2: The Ethics of Doing Business with China and Chinese Companies

What dynamics are at play in China's effort to establish market dominance for Chinese companies, both domestically and globally? What demands are placed on non-Chinese technology companies to participate in the Chinese marketplace? What framework should U.S.-based companies use to evaluate the risks and opportunities for collaboration and market entry in China? To what extent are Chinese companies (e.g..,TikTok) competing in Western markets required to comply with Chinese government instructions or demands for access to data?

Mary Hui | Hong Kong-based Technology and Business Reporter, Quartz

Megha Rajagopalan | International Correspondent and Former China Bureau Chief, Buzzfeed News

Alex Stamos | Director, Stanford Internet Observatory & Former Chief Security Officer, Facebook

Casey Newton | Silicon Valley Editor, The Verge

october 6
9-11AM PDT

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Keynote & Conversation

Competing in the Superpower Marathon with China
Mike Brown | Director, Defense Innovation Unit
Conversant: Larry Diamond, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution and FSI, Principal Investigator, Global Digital Policy Incubator

Panel 3: China as an Emerging Global AI Superpower

How should we think about China's growing influence in the realm of AI and the attendant geopolitical risks and implications? This session will explore China’s bid through Huawei to build and control the world's 5G networks, and what that implies for human rights and national sovereignty and security; China's export of surveillance technology to authoritarian regimes around the world; China's global partnerships to research and develop AI; and the problem of illicit technology transfer/theft.

Steven Feldstein | Senior Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Lindsay Gorman | Fellow for Emerging Technologies, Alliance for Securing Democracy, German Marshall Fund

Maya Wang | China Senior Researcher, Human Rights Watch

Dominic Ziegler | Senior Asia Correspondent and Banyan Columnist, The Economist

october 9
9-11AM PDT

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Digital Social Innovation: Taiwan Can Help
Audrey Tang | Digital Minister, Taiwan

Panel 4: How Democracies Should Respond to China's Emergence as an AI Superpower

How should the rest of the world, and especially the world's democracies, react to China's bid to harness AI for ill as well as good? How do we strike the right balance between vigilance in defense of human rights and national security and xenophobic overreaction?

Closing Keynote & Conversation

Strengthening Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence
Fei-Fei Li | Co-Director, Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI)

Conversant: Eileen Donahoe, Executive Director of GDPi

Closing Remarks: Alex Gladstein & Eileen Donahoe

Christopher Balding | Associate Professor, Fulbright University Vietnam

Anja Manuel | Co-Founder, Rice, Hadley, Gates & Manuel

Chris Meserole | Deputy Director of the Artificial Intelligence and Emerging Technology Initiative, Brookings Institution

Larry Diamond | Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution and FSI, Principal Investigator, Global Digital Policy Incubator



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