Tech Sectors

The Commission is focused on technologies that are critical to American and allied national security and foreign policy, and advocates for a global tech agenda that reflects freedom, democracy, and human rights.

The Commission Report

Three factors will make the Commission Report uniquely strategic for countering China’s authoritarian technological aspirations:

First, The Commission Report will analyze the security challenges posed by the PRC’s long-term strategy and will provide specific policy recommendations tailored to at least 12 and potentially 17 technology industry verticals. While other reports contain useful information and analysis of some specific technologies, their scopes never allowed for the in-depth treatment of each vertical as well as an integrated overarching strategy for countering tech authoritarianism.

Second, the scope of the Commission is global and will require more explicit analysis of, and recommendations for, private firms as well as key US allies and partners as part of democracies’ common efforts to compete in emerging technologies. Other US commissions have only focused on providing recommendations to Congress means that its policy recommendations are inherently limited to US legislative actions and do not include private sector actions or go into detail about the role of allies in Europe and Asia.

Third, past commission reports primarily have offered a series of recommendations for mostly defensive policies focused on slowing China’s unfair or illegal technological development efforts, the Commission Report will provide a set of recommendations that more explicitly balances between defensive policies and those policies meant to help the United States go on the offensive to maintain its competitive technological edge in partnership with like-minded allies and partners.

About Us

Objectives

Our experts provide research, training, and policy recommendations on tech sectors that are vital to U.S. foreign policy and national security interests

Assemble

Assemble a diverse team of Honorary Co-Chairs, 15 Country Commissioners and 12 Tech Commissioners to lead their Advisory Councils.

Develop

Develop a comprehensive set of offensive and defensive strategies in 12 national security tech sectors to combat techno-authoritarianism.

Build

Build a Global Trust Network of companies, institutions, industry leaders, and countries to drive the widespread adoption of trusted technologies.

Define

Define a set of Universal Tech Trust Standards and establish a Certification Center for Trusted Technology.

Create

Create a trusted tech movement by a rolling thunder of marketing communications with a state-of-the-art website and a powerful system of amplifiers.

Publish

Publish quarterly updates and final report with policy recommendations for governments and institutions as well as practical strategies for companies.

Architect

Architect the Global Tech Security Strategy that rallies and unifies nations, leverages the innovation & resources of the private sector and amplifies trust principles.

Co-Chairs

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Keith Krach

Chairman and Co-Founder Krach Institute for Tech Diplomacy at Purdue

Kersti Kaljulaid

Former President of the Republic of Estonia

Staff

David Shullman

Senior Director, Global China Hub, Atlantic Council

David Shullman

Senior Director, Global China Hub, Atlantic Council

Dr. David O. Shullman is the senior director of the Global China Hub at the Atlantic Council, where he leads the council’s work on China. David has previously served as one of the US Government’s top experts on East Asia, most recently as Deputy National Intelligence Officer for East Asia on the National Intelligence Council (NIC). Prior to joining the NIC, David was a senior analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency. He has been a Senior Advisor at the International Republican Institute, an adjunct senior fellow with the Center for a New American Security, an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, and an advisor on China for the Biden campaign.

Colleen Cottle

Deputy Director, Global China Hub, Atlantic Council

Colleen Cottle

Deputy Director, Global China Hub, Atlantic Council

Colleen Cottle is the deputy director of the Global China Hub at the Atlantic Council, where she helps advance the Council’s work on China and manages many of the Hub’s daily operations. Prior to joining the Atlantic Council, Colleen spent over a dozen years at the Central Intelligence Agency serving in a variety of analytic and managerial roles covering East and South Asia. Before that, she worked as a research analyst at a small economic consultancy and received a Fulbright Student Grant to study environmental economics at the University of Bonn in Germany.

Matt Geraci

Assistant Director, Global China Hub, Atlantic Council

Matt Geraci

Assistant Director, Global China Hub, Atlantic Council

Matt Geraci is an assistant director of the Atlantic Council’s Global China Hub, where he helps research and devise allied solutions to the global challenges posed by China’s rise. Prior to joining the Atlantic Council, Matt was a research associate & program officer with the Institute for China-America studies, where he managed Maritime Affairs Program and Blue Carbon & Climate Change Program, incorporating GIS in his research on maritime studies, resources and the environment, US-China international development, and US-China Trade and economic issues.

Kitsch Liao

Assistant Director, Global China Hub, Atlantic Council

Kitsch Liao

Assistant Director, Global China Hub, Atlantic Council

Kitsch Liao is an assistant director of the Atlantic Council’s Global China Hub. Prior to joining the Atlantic Council, Kitsch has worked in congress, served in diplomatic posting and as a cyber intelligence analyst for the private sector, he is also the cyber and military affairs consultant for Taiwan’s Doublethink Lab. He has worked on various projects with the Australian Policy Institute (ASPI), Institute of National Defense and Security Research (INDSR), the U.S. Department of Defense, and Jane’s IHS on topics ranging from Taiwan’s ORBAT, China’s CBRN capability, to Chinese disinformation and cyber espionage operations.