Aynne Kokas’s Trafficking Data: How China Is Winning the Battle for Digital Sovereignty
Roundtable from Asia Policy 18.3

Aynne Kokas’s Trafficking Data: How China Is Winning the Battle for Digital Sovereignty

Roundtable with Emily Weinstein, Kendra Schaefer, Paul Triolo, and Aynne Kokas
July 27, 2023

How are the U.S. and Chinese governments regulating the flow of data at home and between countries? How do their efforts compare? Emily S. Weinstein, Kendra Schaefer, Paul Triolo, and Aynne Kokas discuss these and other issues related to globalized data flow, risk, and security in essays on Aynne Kokas’s book Trafficking Data: How China Is Winning the Battle for Digital Sovereignty.

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Assessing a Range of Approaches to Data Privacy and Security
Emily S. Weinstein

An Excellent Point Lost in Execution
Kendra Schaefer

Trafficking in Assertions on Data in China Lacks Explanatory Power
Paul Triolo

Author’s Response: Reactions to Trafficking Data Reflect Debates about Global Data Security Risk
Aynne Kokas


Emily S. Weinstein is a Research Fellow at Georgetown University’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology (United States). She is also a Nonresident Fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Global China Hub and at the National Bureau of Asian Research. She focuses on U.S. national competitiveness in artificial intelligence and machine-learning technology and on U.S.-China technology competition.

Kendra Schaefer is a Partner at the Beijing-based strategic advisory consultancy Trivium China and a Nonresident Fellow at the National Bureau of Asian Research (United States). Based in Beijing from 2002 to 2022, Ms. Schaefer leads Trivium’s technology policy research team, keeping investors, companies, and governments briefed on Chinese technology regulation. Her team focuses on data, artificial intelligence, semiconductors, digital infrastructure, censorship, platform companies, and bleeding-edge technologies. She is also Chief Editor of the Trivium Tech Daily newsletter.

Paul Triolo is a Senior Associate with the Trustee Chair in Chinese Business and Economics at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (United States).

Aynne Kokas is the Director of the East Asia Center, an Associate Professor of Media Studies, and the C.K. Yen Chair at the Miller Center at the University of Virginia (United States). She is the author of the award-winning book Hollywood Made in China (2017). Her newest book, Trafficking Data: How China Is Winning the Battle for Digital Sovereignty, received the IPPY Award for Best Book in Finance and Investment from the Independent Publishers Association, was a medalist in the Axiom Business Book Awards globalization and international business category, and is on the long list for the 2023 International Convention of Asian Studies Best Books in Social Science.


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