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From Bytes to Bucks: Soft Power, Policy, Tech, and Culture

The Kennan Institute, at the Wilson Center, presents a panel on the differing state and society expression of cultural values in technologies.

February 5, 2018 1:00pm to 2:30pm
This program is a collaboration between the Wilson Center’s Asia Program, Kennan Institute, Kissinger Institute on China and the U.S., and Science and Technology Innovation Program
Three Wilson Center analysts examine the push and pull between state and society in the expression of cultural values in contemporary technologies, and what this tension implies for the international system. The speakers will address:
  • Russian war-themed video games and what they reveal about contemporary Russian nationalism.
  • If a country’s “social network” reflects its soft power, how can we measure China and Russia’s soft power?
  • How do the corporate strategies of American technology firms impact the future of U.S.-China relations?
Valerie Anishchenkova, Associate Professor in Arabic Studies and Core Faculty in Film Studies, University of Maryland, College Park; 2017 George F. Kennan Fellow, Wilson Center
Irene S. Wu, Senior Analyst, FCC; Instructor, Georgetown University; Fellow, Wilson Center
Rui Zhong, Program Assistant, Kissinger Institute on China and the United States, Wilson Center
Elizabeth Newbury (Discussant), Director and Program Associate, Serious Games Initiative, Wilson Center
Izabella Tabarovsky (Moderator), Senior Program Associate and Manager for Regional Engagement, Kennan Institute, Wilson Center
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