Will Big Tech Take Over the Role of Nation-States?
Monday, May 23, 2022 | 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM ET
Some consider the digital space as a new dimension in geopolitics. In this dimension, the big tech companies like Facebook, Twitter, Apple, and Alibaba are exercising a primary influence over how people spend their time, how they can share opinions, and ultimately, what they think. How will digital powers reshape the global order? Will Big Tech transform geopolitics and perhaps one day take over the role of nation-states? Join us in a panel discussion on Monday, May 23rd from 12 PM to 1 PM ET with Mr. Kevin Allison, Vice President for Europe & Eurasia and Technology Policy at the Albright Stonebridge Group; and Professor Nazli Choucri, Professor of Political Science, Senior Faculty at the Center for International Studies, and Faculty Affiliate at the MIT Institute for Data, Science, and Society.
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Mr. Kevin Allison
Kevin Allison is Vice President for Europe & Eurasia and Technology Policy at Albright Stonebridge Group. In this role, he helps the world’s leading companies and investors understand how political and regulatory trends are influencing the development and deployment of 5G networks, artificial intelligence, semiconductors, global technology supply chains, and cross-border data flows.
Mr. Allison most recently served as Director and deputy head of the Eurasia Group’s Geo-Technology practice. Previously, he was a correspondent and a columnist for more than a decade at the Financial Times and Thomson Reuters, where he covered the technology industry, the energy sector, and capital markets from London, New York, and Silicon Valley. He also worked for UBS Investment Bank.
Mr. Allison was a Fulbright Scholar in Austria from 2000-2001, and a journalism fellow in complex systems science at the Santa Fe Institute. His work has appeared across major U.S. and global news, radio, and television outlets.
He holds an MPP from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and a B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
He is based in Washington, D.C.
Professor Nazli Choucri
Nazli Choucri is Professor of Political Science, Senior Faculty at the Center for International Studies (CIS), and Faculty Affiliate at the MIT Institute for Data, Science, and Society (IDSS). She focuses on cyberpolitics and computational social sciences in international relations—exploring emergent dynamics in three overarching “spaces” of 21st century politics, i.e. (i) traditional geo-political arena, (ii) natural environment, and (iii) constructed domain of cyberspace. She examines sources of conflict and threats to security, on the one hand, and strategies for sustainability and global accord, on the other. She is the author and/or editor of twelve books, most recently Cyberpolitics in International Relations (2012) and International Relations in the Cyber Age: The Co-Evolution Dilemma, with David D. Clark (2019).
Elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Professor Choucri is the architect and Director of the Global System for Sustainable Development (GSSD), an evolving knowledge system centered on sustainability problems and solution strategies. She created and directs CyberWorld@MIT and the related knowledge and networking system CyberIR@MIT. Both initiatives are rooted in the cyber-inclusive view of international relations introduced by the MIT-Harvard project on Explorations in Cyber International Relations (ECIR), for which she was Principal Investigator.
Professor Choucri served as General Editor of the International Political Science Review, and for two terms on the Editorial Board of the American Political Science Review. She was on the Science Board of the Santa Fe Institute, also for two terms. She is a founding member of the Artificial Intelligence World Society (AIWS) and is on the Board of the Boston Global Forum.
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