Now I Know My ABCs: US-China Policies and Strategies of AI, Big Data, & Cloud Computing


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When: Sep 13 2018 - 12:00pm until Sep 13 2018 - 1:30pm
Where: 1819 L St NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20036

Now I Know My ABCs: US-China Policies and Strategies of AI, Big Data, & Cloud Computing

An Indo-Pacific Political Economy and Trade Seminar featuring:

Dr. Wenhong Chen
Asia Studies Visiting Fellow, East-West Center in Washington
Associate Professor, University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Satu Limaye (Moderator)
Director, East-West Center in Washington

2018 marks the 40th anniversary of the reestablishment of formal US-China diplomatic relations and the start of China’s reform and open-door Dr. Wenhong Chen.policy. As the two nations reevaluate this arguably most important bilateral relationship in the world, disruptive innovations have generated great opportunities and challenges for entrepreneurs and policymakers. Given the impacts of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Big Data, and Cloud Computing (ABC) to national security, economic prosperity, and the future of humanity, it is critical to understand US-China ABC policies, strategies, and implications. Chinese government policies have been credited as a major driver of China’s digital transformation. In the pursuit of the Chinese Dream, the government is developing ABC as a top national project manifested in a series of policies and plans including Made in China 2025, financial and institutional support, mixed-ownership reform of state-owned telecom behemoths, and new engagement practices with domestic and international tech firms. Compared to China’s top-down, whole-of-government, national-strategy approach, the US ABC policy seems to be less articulated, proactive, and systematic. The US needs to up its game, starting with a long-term, more comprehensive tech policy framework as well as greater investment in R&D.

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Dr. Wenhong Chen is associate professor of media and sociology at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research has focused on digital media technologies and entrepreneurship. Dr. Chen has more than 70 publications, including articles in top-ranked journals in the fields of communication and media studies, sociology, and management. Dr. Chen’s research has received awards from American Sociological Association, the Academy of Management, International Communication Association, and International Association of Chinese Management Research. Dr. Chen was the chair of the Communication, Information Technologies, and Media Sociology Section of American Sociological Association in 2017-2018. Dr. Chen is the editor of the book The Internet, Social Networks and Civic Engagement in Chinese Societies (Routledge, 2015) and the lead editor of the book Networked China: Global Dynamics of Digital Media and Civic Engagement (with Stephen Reese, Routledge 2015). Dr. Chen’s work has been reported by media in the U.S., China, Canada, and Portugal. Her current project examines how U.S. and Chinese government policies affect tech and media entrepreneurship.

Dr. Satu Limaye is Director of the East West Center in Washington where he also directs the Asia Matters for America initiative and edits the Asia Pacific Bulletin . He is also Senior Advisor, Center for Naval Analyses (CNA) and Senior Fellow on Asia History and Policy at the Foreign Policy Institute at Paul H. Nitze School of International Studies (SAIS). Earlier, Dr. Limaye served on the research staff of the Strategy, Forces & Resources Division at the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) and Director of Research & Publications at the Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies. He publishes and speaks widely on Asia-Pacific regional issues and supports various foundation, fellowship and professional organizations. He is a magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Georgetown University and received his doctorate from Oxford University (Magdalen College) where he was a George C. Marshall Scholar.

Primary Contact Info:
Name: Sarah Wang
Phone: 202-327-9755