Breakfast Briefing - Controlling China: Big Data and Artificial Intelligence are Xi Jinping's 'Fourth Magic Weapon'

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Artificial intelligence and big data may represent an industrial revolution, but combined with recognition technologies and existing systems of social control they may also usher in a revolution in the Communist Party's ability to reinforce its political monopoly.

In this briefing, Charles Parton will talk about the development of this 'fourth magic weapon', how it is already affecting and will in future further affect Chinese society, and the degree to which the Party leadership's plans for a 'panopticon' will in practice be able to be realised. He will also consider what effects these developments might have on other countries, including the UK, and what the implications for businesses mean both in the short and the long term.

Speaker Biography

Charles Parton OBE served in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for 37 years. He spent 22 years of his diplomatic career working in or on China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. In his final posting, he was seconded to the EU Delegation in Beijing, where, as First Counsellor until late 2016, he focussed on Chinese politics and internal developments, and advised the EU and Member States on how China’s politics might affect their interests. He has also worked in Afghanistan, Cyprus, Libya and Mali. In 2017 he set up his own consultancy, China Ink, and was chosen as the UK Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee Special Adviser on China. He returned to Beijing for four months as Adviser to the British Embassy to cover the Communist Party’s 19th National Congress. He is an Associate Fellow of RUSI.

These briefings are open to Major Corporate Level Members and above.

Please note that places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Tea, coffee and pastries will be available from 0800.

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