Will China’s Authoritarianism Dominate the Digital World Order?

Will China’s Authoritarianism Dominate the Digital World Order?

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  • Kate deGruyter
  • Director of Communications
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  • If it wasn’t clear four months ago, it is clear now: the next global era will be defined by democracy versus autocracy. In this competition, a new and decisive divide pits America’s approach of “digital democracy” against China’s approach of “digital autocracy"—and the US needs to catch up.

    Third Way’s National Security Program invites you to kick off our new bipartisan US-China Digital World Order Initiative in a lunch discussion with former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Michèle Flournoy, former Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee Mac Thornberry (R-TX-13), Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Ruth Berry, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Mieke Eoyang, Chief Executive Officer of the Center for a New American Security Richard Fontaine, and Director of Cybersecurity and Secure Digital Innovation at National Security Council for The White House, Carole House.

    Our new initiative will send a wake-up call to policymakers for the US to develop, lead, and execute a strategy to secure a digital world order grounded in freedom of speech, human rights, civil liberties, and truth.


    Will China’s Authoritarianism Dominate the Digital World Order?

    June 21, 11am-1pm
    International Spy Museum, Event Space C
    700 L'Enfant Plaza SW, Washington, DC 20024

    Lunch will be provided. Remarks begin at 11:15am


    Fireside Chat:

    The Honorable Michèle Flournoy
    Former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy
    Co-Founder and Managing Partner at WestExec Advisors and Co-Founder & Chair of the Board of Directors at Center for a New American Security

    The Honorable Mac Thornberry
    Former Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee (R-TX-13)

    Moderated by Valerie Shen
    Third Way Vice President for the National Security Program


    Panel Discussion:

    Ruth Berry
    Deputy Assistant Secretary at Bureau of Cyberspace and Digital Policy, US State Department

    Mieke Eoyang
    Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Cyber Policy, US Department of Defense

    Richard Fontaine
    Chief Executive Officer, Center for a New American Security

    Carole House
    Director of Cybersecurity and Secure Digital Innovation, National Security Council, The White House

    Moderated by Jayson Browder
    Third Way Senior Policy Advisor for National Security