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Friday, September 16 • 11:00am - 1:00pm
(REF 16035) Tech Diplomacy: A Global South approach to this nascent field of statecraft

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Big tech has as much if not more influence on geopolitics than some nation-states. Meta's platforms have been influential in domestic and international politics, Microsoft has been thwarting cyber attacks from foreign states, and TikTok has cut off Russia to prevent state-sponsored disinformation from thriving on the platform. Because of their unique influence on society, it is imperative that diplomats involve big tech companies in discussions about human rights and national security. In 2017, the Danish government introduced the concept of tech diplomacy when it appointed a Tech Ambassador to Silicon Valley to engage directly with decision makers at large technology and internet companies. Since then, a handful of other European countries have followed suit. The tech diplomacy landscape has been dominated by a European perspective, but that is beginning to change. Brazil has recently appointed a tech diplomat. Pakistan is beginning to engage in this space. How will Global South perspectives change the landscape of tech diplomacy?

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Patricia Gruver

Tech Policy Manager, Meridian International Center
I'm a former Science Diplomat working at the nexus of technology and international relations. I recently completed a fellowship with the Pacific Council on International Policy where I researched tech diplomacy in the United States and published a report about the current state of... Read More →

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Eugenio V. Garcia

Tech Diplomat at the Consulate-General of Brazil in San Francisco, USA, Consulate-General of Brazil in San Francisco
Tech Diplomat at the Consulate General of Brazil in San Francisco, USA. Focal point for Silicon Valley and the Bay Area innovation ecosystem. PhD in International Relations. Researcher on the international governance of artificial intelligence. Former senior adviser to the President... Read More →
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Martin Rauchbauer

Senior Tech Diplomacy Fellow, Berggruen Institute
Martin Rauchbauer is a tech governance, and government relations expert, as well as a senior Austrian diplomat, who currently is on a sabbatical in the San Francisco Bay Area after having served for two years as Austria's first Tech Ambassador in Silicon Valley. He is a Senior Fellow... Read More →
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Muhammad Adeel

Career Diplomat, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Muhammad Adeel is a Career Diplomat with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Pakistan assigned to the Science Diplomacy Division. Prior to joining the Civil Services in 2015, he completed his B.Sc. (Hons) and M.Phil. in Biotechnology from FC College Lahore, where he authored two dissertations... Read More →

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Ramin Sedehi

Founder, Impact Human Learning
Ramin is passionate about closing the gaps between science, education, society, and policymakers to understand the depth and breadth of humanity's challenges. To impact the health of communities, improve educational markers, and, most importantly, uphold democratic values and build... Read More →

Friday September 16, 2022 11:00am - 1:00pm EDT