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Teetering on the Edge of Uncontrolled Decoupling: Getting Smart on International Tech Risks
The United States and Chinese governments have recently implemented a dizzying number of policies that could effectuate a rapid unraveling of their technological ties, and trigger a “decoupling” that could fracture shared science and technological innovation systems and lead to broad economic and security impacts. A Stanford-New America DigiChina Project report identified dozens of actions by both governments either designed to reduce interdependence or that could do so as a side effect. The policies, which are often ad hoc and pursued in isolation, compound each other’s effects, and together can have unintended consequences.

By adopting a comprehensive, not ad hoc, approach to these issues, the U.S. government will be better able to manage risks and opportunities related to national security, economic competitiveness, and technological advancement in an international technological ecosystem where China and other sometimes adversarial countries are major players. Our panel will explore the current state of play and the choices before us.

We will also be joined by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), who will deliver a keynote speech on one major aspect of navigating international technology risks: global data governance.


Anne-Marie Slaughter
CEO, New America

Keynote Address:

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.)


Abigail Coplin
Assistant Professor of Sociology and Science, Technology and Society, Vassar College

Jennifer Daskal
Professor and Faculty Director of the Tech, Law, Security Program, American University Washington College of Law
Scholar-in-Residence, New America

Samm Sacks
Cyber Policy Fellow, New America
Senior Fellow, Yale Law School Paul Tsai China Center

Graham Webster (moderator)
Editor-in-Chief, Stanford–New America DigiChina Project, Stanford University Cyber Policy Center

Naomi Wilson
Senior Director of Policy, Asia, Information Technology Industry Council

Luo Yan
Partner, Covington & Burling LLP

Oct 27, 2020 10:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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