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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.

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

via Hoover Daily Report
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." 

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

via Hoover Daily Report
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." 

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

via Hoover Daily Report
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.

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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.

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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.

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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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China's Sharp Power In Africa (Part 1)

Tuesday, January 18, 2022
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The Hoover Project on China’s Global Sharp Power invites you to China's Sharp Power in Africa on Tuesday, January 18, 2022 from 9:00 am - 10:00 am PT.

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Eyes Wide Open: Ethical Risks In Research Collaboration With China

Wednesday, December 15, 2021
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The Hoover Institution’s Project on China’s Global Sharp Power (CGSP) has released a new report, Eyes Wide Open: Ethical Risks in Research Collaboration with China.

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Eyes Wide Open: Ethical Risks In Research Collaboration With China

Wednesday, December 15, 2021
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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

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Mafia-Like Business Systems In China: Xi’s Crackdown In Context

Tuesday, December 7, 2021
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The Hoover Institution hosts Mafia-Like Business Systems in China: Xi’s Crackdown in Context on Tuesday, December 7 from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. PST.

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Xi Jinping Makes History: Perspectives On The CCP's 6th Plenum

Thursday, December 2, 2021
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The Hoover Institution hosts Xi Jinping Makes History: Perspectives on the CCP's 6th Plenum on Thursday, December 2 from 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. PST. Leading experts unpack the significance of the 6th Plenum (2021) of the Chinese Communist Party's 19th Congress and what lies ahead for Xi Jinping and China.

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The Hoover Institution Releases Essay By Former Chinese Communist Party Insider About Beijing’s Perspective On Relationship With The United States

Tuesday, June 29, 2021
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The Hoover Institution’s Project on China’s Global Sharp Power has released a new essay by Cai Xia, a dissident and former professor at the Central Party School of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), that presents an insider’s account of the CCP’s historical world view and reveals the current perspective of Beijing’s leaders about their relationship with the United States. The essay is being published in an English and Chinese bilingual edition.

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Toward A Democratic China: What Role Can Outsiders Play?

Monday, May 24, 2021
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The Hoover Institution and the Center on U.S.-China Relations at the Asia Society hosts Toward a Democratic China: What Role Can Outsiders Play? on Monday, May 24 from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. PDT.

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More Than Sharp Power: How The CCP Penetrates Taiwan And Hong Kong

Tuesday, May 11, 2021
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The Hoover Institution hosts More Than Sharp Power: How the CCP Penetrates Taiwan and Hong Kong on Tuesday, May 11 from 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. PDT.

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China's Battle For Global Public Opinion

Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

The Hoover Institution hosts China's Battle for Global Public Opinion on Tuesday, April 13 from 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. PT. Featuring Ms. Sarah Cook, Research Director for China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan Freedom House. Followed by conversation with Dr. Glenn Tiffert, Research Fellow, Hoover Institution.

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Reflections On U.S.-China Relations

Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

The Hoover Institution hosts Reflections on U.S.-China Relations on Wednesday, March 10 from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. PST.

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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.”

The Hoover Institution’s project on China’s Global Sharp Power (CGSP) tracks, documents, and analyzes how China’s Communist party-state operates in the shadows to shape and control information flows, coerce governments and corporations, infiltrate and corrupt political systems, and exploit, disrupt, and debase civic institutions, particularly in open and democratic societies. Through its research and global partnerships, CGSP produces papers, lectures, conferences, workshops, publications, and web-accessible resources to educate opinion leaders and policy makers so that they may pursue diverse, balanced, and vigilant relationships with China, tailored to their circumstances.


Larry Diamond a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, the Mosbacher Senior Fellow in Global Democracy at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) and a Bass University Fellow in Undergraduate Education at Stanford University. Diamond is a co-chair of the China Global Sharp Power Project (CGSP) and 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 is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and a historian of modern China. He co-chairs 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. He also currently serves on the executive committee of the Academic Security and Counter-Exploitation Program, an association of US universities established to help heighten security awareness in academia. Most recently, he co-authored and edited Global Engagement: Rethinking Risk in the Research Enterprise (2020).