Samantha Hoffmann expert speaker
Samantha Hoffmann expert speaker

Samantha Hoffman

Expert on tech authoritarianism

Speaker Themes

  • Technology and social control
  • China’s state security strategy
  • Social credit in China
  • China’s digital currency
  • Smart cities
  • The intersection of technology, data and politics
  • Cyber security

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Dr Samantha Hoffman is a Senior Analyst with ASPI’s International Cyber Policy Centre.

Her research focuses on the domestic and global implications of the Chinese Communist Party’s approach to state security. Her work offers new ways of thinking about how to understand and respond to China’s technology-enhanced political and social control efforts.

In 2018, Samantha was a Visiting Fellow at the MERICS in Berlin. She also worked as a consultant for the IISS (2012-2018) and IHS Markit (2012-2017).

Dr. Hoffman holds a PhD in Politics and International Relations from the University of Nottingham (2017), and an MSc in Modern Chinese Studies from the University of Oxford (2011), and BA degrees in International Affairs and East Asian Languages & Cultures from the Florida State University (2010).

She has written for Foreign Policy, The Hill, War on the Rocks, The National Interest, China Brief, Forbes, and Jane’s Intelligence Review.

Samantha has been widely quoted in the media on China’s security state and politics, including The New York Times, The Economist, BBC, ABC (Australia), Foreign Policy, Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Financial Times, Science Magazine and WIRED.


Digital technology is a critical frontier on which the geopolitics of the 21st century will play out.

Samantha’s research offers lucid insights into how the CCP uses technology to enforce domestic control and project its power internationally.

Her insights are crucial for any organisation wishing to understand the contours of international relations in the decades to come.

She offers both keynote speech and workshop formats.

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