Technology and Science

Book

Digital Dragon

Author: Adam Segal

Can China become a true global economic power? That depends on the evolution of the Chinese high-technology sector. The industry's success or failure will determine whether China becomes a modern economy or simply a large one, argues CFR Senior Fellow Adam Segal in the first detailed look at a major institutional experiment with high-tech endeavors in China.

See more in China; Technology and Foreign Policy

Book

Technological Innovation and Economic Performance

Authors: Benn Steil, David G. Victor, and Richard R. Nelson

A seminal volume bringing together the research and critical thinking of many of the world's top macro- and micro-economists to provide a unique, multifaceted perspective on the causes of technological innovation and its relationship to economic performance. Through the use of detailed, up-to-date country and industry studies, Technological Innovation and Economic Performance provides the most authoritative and detailed analysis of this topic ever assembled.

See more in United States; Economic Development; Innovation

Contingency Planning Memorandum

Dangerous Space Incidents

Author: Micah Zenko

Dangerous incidents in outer space pose an increasing threat to U.S. assets and risk escalating into militarized crises. Douglas Dillon Fellow Micah Zenko details how the Obama administration could reduce the likelihood of such crises, or mitigate their consequences should they occur.

See more in Global; Space

Event

Voices of the Next Generation with Gavin Andresen on Bitcoin

Bitcoin is a decentralized digital peer-to-peer payment system first introduced in 2009. It has attracted attention for its finite supply and appreciating value as well as its volatility and role in illicit networks. As the Bitcoin Foundation's chief scientist, Gavin Andresen has been heavily involved with the network since its creation. Please join him to discuss the future of Bitcoin, the challenges of digital currency, and the role of the Bitcoin Foundation.

This meeting is part of the Council's Voices of the Next Generation series, which seeks to bring CFR members together with fresh, young voices in the nation's foreign policy discourse.

See more in Global; Economics; Technology and Science

Event

Plugging In and Speaking Out: the Internet, the Public, and Policymaking

As more citizens turn online for information and opinions, the Internet plays an increasingly central role in empowering and shaping public involvement in the political process on issues ranging from the war in Iraq to the Dubai Ports controversy. As elections approach, join Joe Trippi and Lee Rainie for a discussion on how the Internet has changed the public’s role in policymaking, and how current trends may impact the future.

6:00 - 6:30 p.m. Reception
6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Meeting

**You are welcome to bring a guest to this event.**

See more in United States; Technology and Foreign Policy

Event

Defending an Open, Global, Secure, and Resilient Internet: Report of the CFR-Sponsored Independent Task Force on U.S. Policy in the Digital Age

The CFR-sponsored Task Force report, Defending an Open, Global, Secure, and Resilient Internet, finds that as more people and services become interconnected and dependent on the Internet, societies are becoming increasingly vulnerable to cyberattacks. To support security, innovation, growth, and the free flow of information, the Task Force recommends that the United States and its partners work to build a cyber alliance, make the free flow of information a part of all future trade agreements, and articulate an inclusive and robust vision of Internet governance. The Task Force is chaired by John D. Negroponte, former deputy secretary of state and director of national intelligence, and Samuel J. Palmisano, former chairman of the board and chief executive officer of IBM, and is directed by Adam Segal, CFR's Maurice R. Greenberg senior fellow in China Studies. The Task Force includes distinguished members and observers from industry, academia, and nonprofits.

Independent Task Force reports are consensus documents that offer analysis and policy prescriptions for major U.S. foreign policy issues facing the United States, developed through private and nonpartisan deliberations among a group of high-level experts.

See more in United States; Cybersecurity; Internet Policy

Event

Daughters and Sons Event: A Conversation with Charles F. Bolden, Jr.

Each year, the Council invites members to bring their guests of high school-age and older to a special “Daughters and Sons” meeting. These events feature topics and speakers with cross-generational appeal. This spring, as NASA prepares to retire its space shuttle program, join NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden, Jr., for a discussion of the intersection of space, technology, and U.S. foreign policy.

See more in Education; United States; Space

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A Conversation with Julius Genachowski

Please join Julius Genachowski to discuss the challenges and opportunities of the Federal Communications Commission's role in international telecommunications policy and its ongoing mission to promote Internet freedom, competition, innovation, and investment in broadband services around the globe.

See more in Telecommunications; United States