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How should tech companies consider their responsibilites in new international relations?

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02 March 2018

The International Relations Committee takes evidence from practitioners and academics on the role of digital technologies and non-state actors in international affairs.

Witnesses

Wednesday 07  March, Committee Room 4, Palace of Westminster

At 10.40am

  • Mr Hugh Milward, Senior Director, Corporate, External and Legal Affairs, Microsoft

At 11.40am

  • Professor Maura Conway, Professor of International Security, Dublin City University
  • Dr Gianluca Stringhini, Associate Professor in Computer Security and Crime Science, UCL

Possible questions

  • In many cases, large multinational corporations now have as much power as some nation-states in regard to financial reserves and information flows. How should corporations consider their broader responsibilities in this context?
  • Technology companies, of all sizes, have been criticised for not providing states with information to assist with investigations into individuals and non-state actors. How do you view the role of tech companies in the context of threats facing the state and their societies?
  • To what extent have digital technologies changed the challenges and the threats facing states from non-state actors?
  • How well are states and multilateral institutions dealing with the challenge of online non-state actors? What role is there for the UK?
  • The pace of technological is accelerating – to what extent is the UK keeping up?
  • Which technological developments in the digital space should we be aware of?

Further information

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