Niall Ferguson’s Networld

The Hoover Institution was the venue for the world premiere of the new PBS documentary Niall Ferguson’s Networld, based on the Milbank Senior Fellow bestselling book, The Square and the Tower.
Niall Ferguson (right) with Stephen Segaller, New York Public Media (WNET) vice president of programming and executive producer of Niall Ferguson’s Networld.
Executive producer, Stephen Segaller, introduced the screening of Niall Ferguson’s Networld in the Hoover Institution’s Hauck Auditorium.
Niall Ferguson wrote and hosted Niall Ferguson’s Networld, Other documentary films by Ferguson have included include Empire: How Britain Made the Modern World (2003), The Ascent of Money (2008), The War of the World (2008), and Civilization: Is the West History? (2011).
The Premiere of Niall Ferguson’s Networld, featured an airing of its third episode “Networld War.”
Murdoch Distinguished Policy Fellow Peter Robinson (center) moderated a discussion following the screening about America’s vulnerabilities in a networked world, featuring Ferguson (left), and Hoover Fellows Jacquelyn Schneider and Cole Bunzel (left).
Peter Robinson led a discussion with Ferguson and Hoover fellows Jaquelyn Schneider and Cole Bunzel. Robinson asked Ferguson what the outbreak of the coronavirus illustrates about an increasingly networked world.
In the panel discussion following the screening, Niall Ferguson discussed the threat of the People’s Republic of China in a networked world, and how the United States needs to meet this challenge much like it had during the Cold War.
Niall Ferguson (left) explained how a networked world not only makes societies susceptible to diseases like the coronavirus, but also to cyber-attacks and information operations form its adversaries.
Cole Bunzel, a Hoover fellow specializing in the Arab world and Islam, discussed how radical Islamic movements use social media to advance their cause.
Jaquelyn Schneider, a Hoover fellow specializing in the intersections of technology, national security, and political psychology, explained that the United States is at a disadvantage in the technological arms race with China because of Americans’ expectations of privacy, and commitment to civil liberties.
Backstage at the Hoover Institution’s Hauck Auditorium (left to right): Chris Dauer, Hoover Institution associate director; Peter Robinson; Jacquelyn Schneider; Niall Ferguson; Stephen Segaller; and Cole Bunzel.