Updated: Mar 31, 2021
Report by Blanca Marabini San Martín
Last weekend, on the 31st of October, European Guanxi had the pleasure of hosting a webinar delivered by Raquel Jorge Ricart, a Fulbright Fellow at the Elliott School of International Affairs in George Washington University, where she is specialising in technology, digital policy, and its implications on foreign policy and security.
In her talk, Raquel compared the data governance frameworks developed in the EU and China, emphasising that in Europe the framework is a result of cooperation between different departments and takes a rights-based approach to data privacy, whereas in China the framework is based on centralisation that allows citizen protection as well as limiting the amount of power and influence that tech companies are able to obtain. As a result, the EU system includes guarantees in the event of necessary violations of data privacy, whereas the Chinese framework ensures that the government can carry out security assessments when it comes to data usage. Raquel also discussed the differences in the data internationalisation mechanisms applied within each of these frameworks and highlighted the paradoxes that arise from the relationships between China, the EU, and the US when it comes to cybersecurity and data protection.
Attendees engaged Raquel with questions regarding topics such as the competing proposals for an international code of cyberconduct presented by the EU and the US on one hand and Russia and China on the other, the likeliness and possible extent of US-EU engagement regarding data governance, whether the Chinese model could influence EU regulations, and the influence of the pandemic on the speed of the digitisation process and vice versa.
If you are eager to witness the entire Webinar, you can watch it on our YouTube channel!