Yale Alexander Hamilton Society Debate: “China’s Surveillance State vs U.S. Big Tech: Lesser of Two Evils?”

Event time: 
Tuesday, April 26, 2022 - 6:00pm
William L. Harkness Hall, Room 119 See map
100 Wall Street
New Haven, CT 06520
Event description: 

The Yale Alexander Hamilton Society presents a debate:

“China’s Surveillance State vs U.S. Big Tech: Lesser of Two Evils?”

Featuring Stephen Roach, Senior Fellow at Yale’s Jackson Institute, and Klon Kitchen, Senior Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI).

Join the Alexander Hamilton Society on Tuesday, April 26 at 6 PM in WLH 119 for a debate with Stephen Roach and Klon Kitchen about the ways in which U.S. Big Tech companies and the Chinese digital state collect data on private citizens and define the contours of free speech online.role women play in foreign policy decision-making and what we should do to promote the increased participation of women in the US government.

Data is the new oil. US Big Tech knows almost everything about you. Private companies define what constitutes “free speech” on social platforms millions rely on. This may remind you of Chinese digital state totalitarianism - the most elaborate surveillance system ever. But is it a correct comparison? Which one is worse?

More information and registration here.

Stephen Roach is a Senior Fellow at Yale’s Jackson Institute of Global Affairs and Senior Lecturer at Yale’s School of Management. He spent nearly three decades at Morgan Stanley, during which time he served as the firm’s Chief Economist and the Chairman of Morgan Stanley Asia. At Yale, his research and teaching centers on the impacts of Asia and “The Next China” on the global economy.

Klon Kitchen is a Senior Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he focuses on the intersection of national security and defense technologies and innovation. He previously served as director of the Heritage Foundation’s Center for Technology Policy and was national security adviser to Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE).

Space is limited, so we are asking all invited Yale students to fill out this form so that we may evenly distribute spots at the in-person debate.


Free but register in advance
Open to: 
General Public