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Cybersecurity values across borders: Can China and the U.S. work together? / 跨境网络安全理念:中美能合作吗?

December 16, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

The Internet of Things will change the world beyond our imagination, from autonomous cars to robotic medical care. But, what about its impact on our security; What if cars can be manipulated to crash? Should the United States and China cooperate to keep us all safe? How do we protect national security interests without hampering digital innovation and development?

China Institute partners with the Atlantic Council for the launch of a new Atlantic Council report with urgent recommendations around security, commercial, and humanitarian interests and strategies for limited areas of cooperation.

Karl Rauscher, top internet expert and author of the report, and Winston Ma, investor and author of “China’s Mobile Economy,” will map out the potential risks and benefits of U.S.-China cyber cooperation.

The panel will be moderated by Naomi Wilson, senior director of policy, Asia, at the Information Technology Industry Council.

Speakers’ Bios

Winston Ma is an investor, attorney, author, and adjunct professor in the global digital economy. He is one of a small number of native Chinese who have worked as investment professionals and practicing capital markets attorneys in both the United States and China.

Most recently, he was Managing Director and Head of North America Office for China Investment Corporation (CIC), China’s sovereign wealth fund, where he makes cross-border digital economy investments and seek synergies between China and world markets (“Global Investments, China Factors”). Prior to that, Ma served as the deputy head of equity capital markets at Barclays Capital, a vice president at J.P. Morgan investment banking, and a corporate lawyer at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP in New York.

China Nationally Certified Software Programmer as early as 1994,  is the book author of China’s Mobile Economy (Wiley 2016, among “best 2016 business books for CIOs”), Digital Economy 2.0 (2017), The Digital Silk Road (2018 German/ English), the most recent China’s Innovation Economy (Hayakawa House, Japanese/ English), as well as Investing in China (Risk Books, 2006). He is a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum (WEF) and has been a member of the Council for Long-Term Investing and Council for Digital Economy and Society.

Ma has served as adjunct professor at NYU School of Law (current course “Sovereign Finance & Investments”), NYU Stern Business School and Tsinghua School of Economics and Management. He is a member of New York University (NYU) President’s Global Council since inception, and in 2014 he received the NYU Distinguished Alumni Award.

Karl Frederick Rauscher is a strategic advisor at the nexus of emerging technology, business and policy. While serving as the Chief Technology Officer and Distinguished Fellow of the EastWest Institute, Rauscher led the first U.S.-China bilateral on cybersecurity and also led the first U.S.-Russia bilateral on cybersecurity. Working with the U.S. Federal Reserve, Rauscher led the first comprehensive study of the world’s undersea cable systems that underpin the Internet.  He was appointed as Vice Chairman of U.S. President George W. Bush’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC) Industry Executive Committee and is the Founder and President of the not-for-profit Wireless Emergency Response Team (WERT), which led advanced search and rescue efforts for survivors of the 9-11 terrorist attacks. He recently served as Ambassador-at-Large and Chief Architect of cyberspace policy at the 400,000+ member Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), where he encouraged technologists to engage in critical policy issues that have been created by the digital revolution.

Rauscher is a Bell Labs Fellow, cited for achieving the first 6 “9’s” reliability (99.9999% uptime) and for his role in shaping U.S. homeland security policy for protecting communications infrastructure. He has personally discovered over one thousand defects in software running live communications networks and is an inventor with over 40 patents/pending, the first of which was an early breakthrough in artificial intelligence. Rauscher serves as Chairman of the strategic advisory boards for start-up technology companies. He is also the Founder of the Association of Cloud Robot Operators (ACRO), which was created to facilitate agreements, best practices, standards, and other policy essential to realizing the potential of cloud-connected robots while optimizing the safety and quality of human life. Rauscher serves as a Commissioner and the Managing Director of the Global Information Infrastructure Commission (GIIC).

James Seng is an Internet pioneer who developed and championed the international domain name (IDN) concept that is now the accepted international standard. He started his career at TechNet, the first and only Internet Service Provider in Singapore, in 1993 when he was still a student at the National University of Singapore. Technet was subsequently spun out to become Pacific Internet. In late 1998, he co-founded i-DNS.net and served as the company Chief Technology Officer for 3 years. Under his guidance, the company expanded its presence worldwide. Seng also developed several Internet software and services such as PObox, a web-based email and forwarding service which has been licensed and commercialized by Singapore Press Holdings now known as PostOne and Singapore InfoMAP, the official Website for Singapore, which is currently operated by Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore. Seng was formerly the co-chair of the Internationalized Domain Names Working Group that is responsible for the standardization of IDN. Seng was formerly the Assistant Director of Enabler Technologies at the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore. Seng’ team is responsible for tracking emerging and disruptive technologies on the Internet, IP Telephony, open source software, information exchange, social software, antispam and other related fields. In 2008, Seng started Thymos Capital LLP, an incubator based in Singapore focusing in helping young entrepreneurs. Previously, Seng was the SVP of Technology of PPLive.

Naomi Wilson serves as senior director of policy, Asia, at the Information Technology Industry Council. Prior to joining ITI, Wilson served at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), where she most recently held the position of acting director for Asia-Pacific. In that capacity, she played a leading role on cybersecurity, law enforcement, and customs cooperation issues related to Asia and served as a senior advisor to Secretary Jeh Johnson. During her tenure at DHS, Wilson led development and implementation of priority policy initiatives for DHS engagement with China, including secretarial engagements and agreements. She worked closely with interagency colleagues to negotiate and implement agreements stemming from the September 2015 State visit between Presidents Barack Obama and Xi Jinping, including managing the U.S.-China High-Level Dialogue on Cybercrime and Related Issues for DHS.

Prior to joining DHS, Wilson served as a staffer on the Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs and as a research assistant at the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS).

Wilson holds a Bachelor’s degree in English and Master’s in International Affairs & National Security. In 2011, she completed intensive Chinese language training at Peking University. Wilson speaks advanced Mandarin and French and is a native of Connecticut.


December 16, 2019
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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40 Rector Street
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