Samm Sacks keynote speaker
Samm Sacks keynote speaker

Samm Sacks

Expert on the geopolitics of privacy and data flows

Speaker Themes

  • US-China relationship through the lens of tech
  • The geopolitics of data governance
  • China’s technology and cyber landscape
  • Data and privacy
  • Cybersecurity

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Samm Sacks is a Senior Fellow at Yale Law School’s Paul Tsai China Center and a Cybersecurity Fellow at New America.

Her research examines China’s information and communications technology (ICT) policies, with a focus on the U.S.-China technology relationship and the geopolitics of data privacy and cross-border data flows. 

Previously, Samm Sacks launched the industrial cyber business for Siemens in China, Japan, and South Korea. Prior to this, she led China technology sector analysis at the political risk consultancy Eurasia Group and worked as an analyst and Chinese linguist with the intelligence community. 

She is a frequent contributor to tv and print media (including Bloomberg, PBS, MSNBC, The FT, New York TimesWall Street Journal), and her articles have appeared in outlets including The Atlantic, Foreign Affairs, MIT Tech Review, and Slate among others. She has testified multiple times before Congress. 

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Control over data is the great power competition of our time. Multinational companies are caught in the middle as the tectonic plates of this new order shift.

One of the world’s leading experts in the field, Samm Sacks brings together experience from academia and the private sector to offer critical insights on this new frontier.

In her talks she discusses predictions including:

  • The U.S. will struggle to create a data alliance with Europe against China
  • The tug of war within China over data privacy will accelerate 
  • The U.S. will move toward greater data sovereignty 
  • India will become an increasingly important proxy for the U.S.-China data wars
  • U.S. firms operating in China will not have to choose whether they are American or Chinese companies but they will need to hyper localise to survive
  • The TikTok controversy (regardless of its outcome) signals further balkanisation of cloud computing to come

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