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The Rise Of Digital Authoritarianism Conference: China, AI And Human Rights | Day 4

via Hoover Daily Report
Friday, October 9, 2020

The 4th day of The Rise of Digital Authoritarianism: China, AI, & Human Rights Conference featured a keynote address by Audrey Tang, Digital Minister, Taiwan and a panel discussion on "How Democracies Should Respond to China's Emergence as an AI Superpower." And a Closing Keynote & Conversation with Fei-Fei Li | Co-Director, Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI) on Strengthening Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence.


The Rise Of Digital Authoritarianism: China, AI, & Human Rights | Day 3

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Wednesday, October 7, 2020

The 3rd day of  The Rise of Digital Authoritarianism: China, AI, & Human Rights Conference featured a keynote address by Mike Brown, Director, Defense Innovation Unit, and a panel discussion on "China as an Emerging Global AI Superpower." 


The Rise Of Digital Authoritarianism: China, AI, & Human Rights | Day 2

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Thursday, October 1, 2020

The 2nd day of The Rise of Digital Authoritarianism: China, AI, & Human Rights Conference featured a keynote address by Eric Schmidt, former executive chairman and CEO, Google and Cofounder, Schmidt Futures and a panel discussion on "The Ethics of Doing Business with China and Chinese Companies." 


The Rise Of Digital Authoritarianism: China, AI, & Human Rights | Day 1

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Tuesday, September 29, 2020

The 1st day of The Rise of Digital Authoritarianism: China, AI, & Human Rights Conference featured opening remarks by Condoleezza Rice, director of the Hoover Institution and a panel discussion on "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.


Global Engagement: Rethinking Risk In The Research Enterprise

via Hoover Institution Press
Thursday, July 30, 2020

Neither the US government nor the universities and national laboratories in the US research enterprise are adequately managing the risks posed by research engagements with foreign entities. The task is quite simply falling through the cracks. Data with which to assess the performance of current frameworks for managing foreign engagement risk, to identify their defects, and to devise proportionate fixes is consequently in short supply. Dueling narratives have filled this evidentiary vacuum, pitting some who propose incremental adjustments against others who call for far-reaching change. Without a common set of facts to anchor the debate, consensus has proven elusive. This report offers a way forward.

Telling China’s Story: The Chinese Communist Party’s Campaign To Shape Global Narratives

by Glenn Tiffert, Renee DiResta, Carly Miller, Vanessa Molter, John Pomfretvia Analysis
Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Well-resourced countries have demonstrated sophisticated abilities to carry out influence operations in both traditional and social media ecosystems simultaneously. Russia, China, Iran, and a swath of other nation-states control media properties with significant audiences, often with reach far beyond their borders. They have also been implicated in social media company takedowns of accounts and pages that are manipulative either by virtue of the fake accounts and suspicious domains involved, or by way of coordinated distribution tactics to drive attention to certain content or to create the perception that a particular narrative is extremely popular.


The End Of China’s “Peaceful Rise”

by Larry Diamondvia American Interest
Friday, July 17, 2020

Two generations of American scholars held out hope that China would become “a responsible stakeholder.” In 2020, those hopes have been dashed.


China Gets Its Message To Americans But Doesn’t Want To Reciprocate

by Orville Schell, Larry Diamondvia The Wall Street Journal
Friday, December 21, 2018

[Subscription Required] President Donald Trump insists that China has been ripping off America for decades, but even if the two countries manage to negotiate—and honor—new terms for trade, basic reciprocity will still be sorely lacking elsewhere in the relationship and will continue to create tensions.

China Exerting ‘Sharp Power’ Influence On American Institutions

by Larry Diamond
Thursday, December 20, 2018

China is penetrating American institutions in ways that are coercive and corrupt, while the United States has not fully grasped the gravity of the situation, a Hoover Institution scholar says.

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China's Influence & American Interests: Promoting Constructive Vigilance

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

This report, written and endorsed by a group of this country’s leading China specialists and students of one-party systems is the result of more than a year of research and represents an attempt to document the extent of China’s expanding influence operations inside the United States. While there have been many excellent reports documenting specific examples of Chinese influence seeking, this effort attempts to come to grips with the issue as a whole and features an overview of the Chinese party-state United Front apparatus responsible for guiding overseas influence activities.

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

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 to Friday, October 9, 2020
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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.


China, Hong Kong, And The Future Of Freedom: A Dialogue Between Director Condoleezza Rice And Lord Chris Patten

Wednesday, September 23, 2020
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The Hoover Institution hosts China, Hong Kong, and the Future of Freedom: A Dialogue Between Director Condoleezza Rice and Lord Chris Patten on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. PDT.


Hoover Institution Publishes Global Engagement: Rethinking Risk In The Research Enterprise

Wednesday, August 5, 2020
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New report documents more than 250 collaborations between US-based scholars and research institutions integral to China’s defense and industrial base.

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Global Engagement: Rethinking Risk In The Research Enterprise

Thursday, July 30, 2020
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A discussion on about the US research enterprise's acute vulnerability to China's military-civil fusion ambitions, with proposals for redressing it, based on the Hoover Institution's report Global Engagement: Rethinking Risk in the Research EnterpriseThursday, July 30, 2020 from 11:00a.m. PT.


China’s rapid accumulation and projection of power on the world stage confronts the world’s democracies and open societies with serious challenges. Beyond the breathtaking modernization and enlargement of the People’s Liberation Army, and its increasingly aggressive and expansionist deployment in the Indo-Pacific region, there is the more subtle—but by no means benign— expansion of China’s “sharp power.”

This is not the “hard” military power or economic coercion that leads to war and conquest. Neither is it the soft power that wins friends and influences societies transparently, through the diffusion of ideas, symbols, values, and cultural achievements. Rather, sharp power burrows deeply and deceptively into the soft tissues of democracies, seeking to subvert and sway them through methods that are, in the now paradigmatic words of former Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull, “covert, coercive, or corrupting.”

We favor diverse engagements with China, but a balanced and vigilant relationship with it requires that its global sharp power activities be understood and exposed; that political and civic actors in open societies be educated to recognize and resist them; that countries mobilize whole-of-government and whole-of-society approaches to counter them; and that the democracies of the world share information and cooperate to meet this existential challenge.

If freedom is to be defended globally, then government leaders, politicians, journalists, and civil society activists must understand how China’s Communist party-state operates in the shadows to shape and control information flows, bully governments and corporations, infiltrate and corrupt political systems, and disrupt and debase civic institutions to make the world safe for autocracy.

The Hoover Institution’s project on China’s Global Sharp Power aims to advance these vital missions. Its research will track, document, and evaluate China’s sharp power activities at the sub-national, national and transnational levels. It will engage scholars and policy experts not only within the Hoover Institution and the broader Stanford University community, but from around the world. Through its research and global partnerships, the project will produce papers, lectures, conferences, workshops, publications, and web-accessible resources to educate opinion leaders and policymakers about the nature and scope of China’s sharp power operations, so that they can craft effective responses, tailored to their circumstances. As always, the first line of defense is knowledge.

Larry Diamond is the chair of the China Global Sharp Power Project and 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.  At FSI, he leads the Program on Arab Reform and Democracy, based at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, which he directed for more than six years.  He also coleads (with Eileen Donahoe) the Global Digital Policy Incubator based at FSI’s Cyber Policy Center.


Glenn Tiffert manages the Hoover project on China’s Global Sharp Power and is a Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution and a historian of modern China. He also manages the project on Taiwan in the Indo-Pacific Region. A contributor to the 2018 Hoover Report China's Influence and American Interests, he has worked closely with government and civil society partners to document and build resilience against authoritarian interference with democratic institutions.