'Trafficking data: How China is winning the battle for digital sovereignty'
Our economy and our democracy may be falling behind, argues Miller Center C. K. Yen Professor Aynne Kokas in her new book
What is China’s role in the vast technology space and how does it affect U.S.-China relations? China’s efforts to extend its cyber sovereignty in the United States build on how the U.S. tech landscape already exploits user data
About the book
Aynne Kokas argues that exploitative Silicon Valley data governance practices help China build infrastructures for global control
What is data trafficking?
Nothing about the way data is collected, compiled, stored, processed, mined, and interpreted is transparent for ordinary U.S. consumers
Why digital sovereignty matters
Boundaries on data gathering protect individual users and safeguard the political beliefs, health risks, and economic vulnerabilities of an entire community
Aynne Kokas in the news
China's pursuit of digital sovereignty
"China's efforts to extend its cyber sovereignty in the United States build on how the U.S. tech landscape already exploits user data," Aynne Kokas told The Diplomat
Democracy Paradox Podcast
Aynne Kokas explores the asymmetric relationship in technology regulation between the United States and China
Americans vulnerable to foreign tech companies
On September 15, 2022, President Biden released an executive order to address concerns about data-gathering by foreign—specifically, Chinese—tech firms like TikTok
About the author
Aynne Kokas is the C. K. Yen Professor at the University of Virginia's Miller Center and an associate professor of media studies at UVA. Kokas’s research examines Sino-U.S. media and technology relations. She has testified before the Senate Finance Committee, House Foreign Affairs Committee, and the U.S. International Trade Commission. Her writing and commentary have appeared globally in more than 50 countries and 15 languages.