I am a Fellow at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute’s International Cyber Policy Centre, Research Fellow at China Forum, and independent consultant. My work explores the domestic and global implications of the Chinese Communist Party’s “autonomic” approach to state security. It offers new ways of thinking about how to understand and respond to China’s pursuit of artificial intelligence and big data-enabled capabilities to augment political and social control. I hold a PhD in Politics and International Relations from the University of Nottingham (2017), an MSc in Modern Chinese Studies from the University of Oxford (2011), a BA in International Affairs from Florida State University (2010), and a BA in Chinese Language and Culture from Florida State University (2010). (Image: Copyright Samantha Hoffman)

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Latest News

  • I testified before the U.S. House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence at the hearing “China’s Digital Authoritarianism: Surveillance, Influence, and Political Control” on 16 May, Please see the Full Text of my Prepared Statement and the Hearing Video. A summary of my responses in Q&A is available via Tanner Greer @ The Scholar’s Stage
  • I testified before the Congressional-Executive Commission on China at the hearing “The Communist Party’s Crackdown on Religion in China” on Wednesday, November, 28 2018, Full Text of Statement and Hearing Video.
  • I was nominated and shortlisted for the Young China Watchers 2018 “Young China Watcher of the Year” award, click here for more information about the award and the other shortlisted nominees.


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