Beyond Geopolitics: Tech and Digitalization in Southeast Asia

Global Governance in the Digital Era Seminar Series

GLODEM proudly presents the first seminar of its new seminar series titled “Global Governance in the Digital Era” with Elina Noor’s talk on November 6th.

Date: November 6, 2023 – Monday

Time: 5:30 PM

Venue: Zoom

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Speakers: Elina Noor, Senior Fellow in the Asia Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Title: Beyond Geopolitics: Tech and Digitalization in Southeast Asia

Abstract: Southeast Asia is frequently spotlighted as a pivotal node in the global tech supply chain, and the region witnesses ongoing rivalries between the U.S. and China as they endeavor to shape its digital realm. However, this narrative often overshadows equally pressing concerns pertinent to tech governance in Southeast Asia. This seminar seeks to illuminate these overlooked spects, namely, data stewardship, potential algorithmic biases leading to discrimination and the environmental repercussions of AI.

Bio: Elina Noor is a senior fellow in the Asia Program at Carnegie where she focuses on developments in Southeast Asia, particularly the impact and implications of technology in reshaping power dynamics, governance, and nation-building in the region. Previously, Elina was director of political-security affairs and deputy director of the Washington, D.C. office at the Asia Society Policy Institute. Prior to that, Elina was an associate professor at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in Honolulu. She spent most of her career at the Institute of Strategic and International Studies Malaysia, where she last held the position of director, foreign policy and security studies. Elina was also formerly with the Brookings Institution’s Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World. Between 2017 and 2019, Elina was a member of the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace. She currently serves on the ICRC’s Global Advisory Board on digital threats during conflict. Elina read law at Oxford University. She obtained an LL.M (Public International Law) from the London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London, graduating with distinction at the top of her class. A recipient of the Perdana (Malaysian Prime Minister’s) Fellowship, she also holds an MA in security studies from Georgetown University, where she was a Women in International Security Scholar.