'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.

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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, the 2019–20 James R. Schlesinger Distinguished Professor at the Miller Center, 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 assistant professor of media studies at the University of Virginia and C. K. Yen Professor at the Miller Center. Educated at the Beijing Film Academy, the University of Michigan, and with a Ph.D. from UCLA, Kokas has also been a participant 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. She is currently conducting research as a Kluge Fellow at the Library of Congress and with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, on “Border Control on the Digital Frontier: China, the United States, and the Global Battle for Data Security.” Her work examines the risks and opportunities surrounding the collection and control of personal data through new forms of surveillance.

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Thomas Nachbar

After earning his undergraduate degree in history and economics, Tom 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.