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Digital Silk Road: Will China Dominate the Global Internet?

January 7, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Monday, January 7, 6:00–7:30 PM
Speakers: Winston Ma, Clay Shirky
Event Fee: Members $5; Non-Members $12; Students $8
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

China’s “digital silk road” initiative aims to help the country’s tech giants sell their products to emerging markets. But the initiative has raised concerns among U.S. businesses that China will dominate global internet standards, including those for critical 5G technologies, restricting their ability to compete. What is the Chinese perspective and response? Will the “digital silk road” help enrich emerging economies as they embrace new waves of technology?

Winston Ma, CEO of China Silkroad Investment & Development and author of a new book on China’s digital development, joins Clay Shirky, author and leading voice on the internet’s social impact, to reveal the lesser-known path of China’s ambition and ascension to super power status in the digital world.

Speakers Bios

Winston Wenyan Ma
After 10 years as a Managing Director at China Investment Corporation (CIC), Winston Ma in 2018 became the CEO of China Silkroad Investment & Development in Beijing, as well as President & CIO of its overseas investment arm, China Silkroad Investment Capital (CSIC). Guided by China’s National Development and Reform Commission, China Silkroad Investment teamed with China’s internet and tech giants to form the “Digital Silk Road International Industrial Partnerships” in 2018, for which Ma plays a key leadership role.

At CIC’s inception in 2007, Ma was among the first group of overseas hires by CIC, where he was a founding member of both CIC’s Private Equity Department and later the Special Investment Department for direct investing (Head of CIC North America office 2014-2015).

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. Ma is the author of China’s Mobile Economy; Digital Economy 2.0; The Digital Silk Road and Investing in China. Ma earned his MBA from the University of Michigan Ross Business School and his master of comparative jurisprudence from the New York University School of Law.

Clay Shirky

Clay Shirky is Associate Professor at the Arthur L. Carter Center of Journalism in FAS and Associate Arts Professor at the Tisch School of the Arts’ Interactive Telecommunications Program. From 2014 to 2017, he served as Chief Information Officer at NYU Shanghai. Before joining NYU’s full-time faculty in 2004, he was a partner at an international investment company, and was the original Professor of New Media at Hunter College. Currently, Shirky is a faculty associate at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society. He was the 2010 Edward R. Murrow Visiting Lecturer at Harvard’s Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy.

A leading voice on the social and economic impact of internet technologies, Shirky is the author of Little Rice: Smartphones, Xiaomi, and the Chinese Dream; Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age; and Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations. In 2010, he was named one of Foreign Policy’s “Top 100 Global Thinkers.” He has had regular columns in Business 2.0 and FEED, among other publications, and his writings have appeared in The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, Wired, Computerworld, and Foreign Affairs. Shirky holds a B.A. in Fine Art from Yale University.


January 7, 2019
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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40 Rector Street
New York, NY 10006 United States
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