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The US and China: Great Nations, Evolving Technology, and Challenging Policy

Tuesday, April 5, 2011
9:00 am


Friend Center Convocation Room
35 Olden Street
Princeton, 08544 United States
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This conference is free and open to the public.

China and the United States are two of the leading countries in the world for technology innovation, internet business, and telecommunications. Technology’s rapid evolution is exciting, but it poses challenging policy questions. How does a country best encourage technology innovation in a global marketplace? How do the Chinese and American internet marketplaces differ? What unique policy questions arise on the internet within and between the two countries? What can Americans learn from Chinese expertise in telecommunications and wireless manufacturing? How do these geographically large and diverse countries facilitate broadband buildout and adoption? This event aims to forge bridges between Chinese and American scholars, innovators, and policymakers seeking to better understand their counterparts.

Video Recording:

Keynote and Panel 1
Panel 2
Panel 3

Registration and Breakfast (8:00 AM – 9:00 AM)

Keynote Speaker: Edward Felten, Professor, Computer Science and Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy and International Affairs, Princeton University

Professor Felten is Director of Princeton’s Center for Information Technology Policy (CITP), and is currently serving as Chief Technologist at the United States Federal Trade Commission.

Panel 1: Telecommunications Policy (10:30 AM – noon)

Chair: Stephen Schultze, Associate Director, Princeton CITP


  • Li Yuxiao, Dean of Humanities School, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications
  • Bruce Gottlieb, General Counsel, Atlantic Media and former Senior Adviser to the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission
  • Brett Frischmann, Cardozo Law School
  • Dale Hatfield, Executive Director, Silicon Flatirons Program, University of Colorado

Lunch (noon – 1:00 PM)

A Conversation With Pioneers in Computing (1:00 PM – 1:45 PM)
Ed Felten will lead a discussion with Robert Kahn and Ma Songde discussing their experiences with the development of computing technology in their countries.

Panel 2: Technology Innovation (1:45 PM – 3:15 PM)

Chair: Jaswinder Pal Singh, Professor of Computer Science, Princeton


  • Kai Li, Professor of Computer Science, Princeton
  • Bob Kahn, Founder of the Corporation for National Research Initiatives
  • Ma Songde, former Vice Minister of Ministry of Science and Technology, China
  • Li Xiaoming, Professor Peking University and Co-Director, Joint Research Institute in Science and Engineering by PKU and UCLA
  • Li Guojie, Director of Information and Electronics Division of Chinese Academy of Engineering, and President of China Computer Society

Break (3:15 PM – 3:30 PM)

Panel 3: Internet Issues (3:30 PM – 5:00 PM)

Chair: Fengming Liu, Associate General Counsel, Microsoft and Visiting Fellow at CITP


  • Bob Kahn, Founder of the Corporation for National Research Initiatives
  • Rebecca Mackinnon, Fellow, New America Foundation
  • Guobin Yang, Associate Professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Cultures, Columbia University and Fellow at the Center for Global Communication Studies, University of Pennsylvania
  • Andrew McLaughlin, Former Deputy CTO, The White House
  • Hu Yong, Associate Professor, School of Journalism and Communication, Peking University

The Friend Center Building is located on Olden Street between Nassau and Prospect. It is on the corner of William and Olden, across the street from the E-Quad and next to the Computer Science Building. You can use the following address for a GPS: 35 Olden Street, Princeton, New Jersey. Enter the building through the main doors off Olden Street. The Convocation Room is the first room on your right past the lobby.

Commuting Directions

Parking and Campus Shuttle Service

Please see the Visitor Parking website for information regarding parking in the appropriate visitor lots on campus. If you park in Lot 21, please take the East Commuter Line shuttle service to the Friend Center building. For more information regarding the campus shuttle, including shuttles from the Dinky Station, please see the Campus Shuttle website.

There is also metered parking along William, Olden, and Prospect. The meters on Olden between William and Prospect are less expensive than the meters on William Street and Olden Street from Nassau to William.

To see exactly where the Friend Center is located, go to Princeton University’s campus map, click on the drop down menu and go to “Friend Center.”

Recommended Lodging

The Nassau Inn, Ten Palmer Square, Princeton, NJ 08542 – Phone: 609.921.7500. The Nassau Inn is within walking distance to campus.

The Hyatt Place Princeton, 3565 US Highway 1, Princeton, NJ 08540 – Phone: 609.799.0550. The Hyatt Place does provide shuttle bus service to campus.

The Residence Inn Princeton at Carnegie Center, 3563 US Route 1, Princeton, NJ 08540 – Phone: 609.720.0200. They Residence Inn does provide shuttle bus service to campus.