Over the past year, the Chinese government has significantly broadened its control of the internet. Under President Xi Jinping, China passed a law granting it unprecedented powers to survey its own populace, disrupted the popular messaging service WhatsApp, rolled out plans to more directly control VPNs which allow internet users to jump over the Great Firewall to access blocked content, and stepped up censorship of online speech it does not approve of.
In light of these new developments, what changes can businesses and civic groups, both Chinese and foreign, expect in their day-to-day activities? What does a more restrictive Chinese government mean for the future of Chinese society and China’s relationship with the world outside its digital and geographic borders?
Join Young China Watchers New York and the Fletcher Club of New York for an in-depth discussion with cybersecurity expert Adam Segal (MALD, 93’) of the Council on Foreign Relations.
We invite Adam Segal, Ira A. Lipman chair in emerging technologies & national security at CFR to discuss.
In Partnership with Fletcher Club of New York
Adam Segal is the Ira A. Lipman chair in emerging technologies and national security and director of the Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). An expert on security issues, technology development, and Chinese domestic and foreign policy, Segal was the project director for the CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force report Defending an Open, Global, Secure, and Resilient Internet. His book The Hacked World Order: How Nations Fight, Trade, Maneuver, and Manipulate in the Digital Age (PublicAffairs, 2016) describes the increasingly contentious geopolitics of cyberspace. His work has appeared in the Financial Times, The Economist, Foreign Policy, The Wall Street Journal, and Foreign Affairs, among others. He currently writes for the blog, “Net Politics.”