'Trafficking Data: How China Is Winning the Battle for Digital Sovereignty'

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'Trafficking Data: How China Is Winning the Battle for Digital Sovereignty'

Evan A. Feigenbaum, Aynne Kokas, Thomas Nachbar

Friday, October 28, 2022
11:00AM - 12:00PM (EDT)
Event Details

What is China’s role in the vast technology space and how does it affect U.S.-China relations? Law and policy experts gather to discuss Miller Center Professor Aynne Kokas’s new book, Trafficking Data: How China Is Winning the Battle for Digital Sovereignty. The panel will explore the relationship among social media, technology, and data exploitation and analyze the roles played by both China and the United States.



Friday, October 28, 2022
11:00AM - 12:00PM (EDT)
The Miller Center
2201 Old Ivy Rd
Charlottesville, VA
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Evan A. Feigenbaum

Evan A. Feigenbaum, a Miller Center practitioner senior fellow, is vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where he oversees Carnegie’s research in Washington, Beijing, and New Delhi on a dynamic region encompassing both East Asia and South Asia. He served at the U.S. State Department as deputy assistant secretary of state for South Asia (2007–09), deputy assistant secretary of state for Central Asia (2006–07), member of the policy planning staff with principal responsibility for East Asia and the Pacific (2001–06), and an advisor on China to Deputy Secretary of State Robert B. Zoellick, with whom he worked closely in the development of the U.S.-China senior dialogue.

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Aynne Kokas

Aynne Kokas is the C. K. Yen Professor at the Miller Center, director of the University of Virginia's East Asia Center, and an associate professor of media studies at UVA. A Fulbright scholar educated at the the University of Michigan, with a Ph.D. from UCLA, Kokas is a fellow in the Public Intellectuals Program of the National Committee on U.S. China Relations. She is the author of Hollywood Made in China, a study of the partnerships between Chinese and American producers to produce feature films for global audiences. Her latest book, Trafficking Data: How China is Winning the Battle for Digital Sovereignty, examines how weak U.S. data security benefits U.S. firms while expanding the Chinese government's digital control. Her research has been supported by the Library of Congress, National Endowment for the Humanities, Mellon Foundation, and Social Science Research Council.

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Thomas Nachbar

Thomas B. Nachbar is a Miller Center faculty senior fellow and the F. D. G. Ribble Professor of Law at the University of Virginia School of Law. His scholarly focus is on constitutional law and the institutions of regulation and security. He teaches constitutional law, contracts, antitrust, and several classes on national security law and the U.S. national security establishment. After earning his undergraduate degree in history and economics, Nachbar spent five years as a systems analyst, working for both Andersen Consulting and Hughes Space and Communications before entering law school, where he served on the University of Chicago Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif. After graduation, he clerked for Judge Frank H. Easterbrook of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and later practiced with what is now Mayer Brown in Chicago as a member of the firm’s appellate litigation, information technology, and intellectual property practice groups.