The POWER PLAYS podcast was moderated by Ayden Férdeline and held conversations between policymakers, engineers, business leaders and others who were influencing the Internet’s infrastructure and institutions in ways that impact all of us.
Podcast episodes were recorded and published between July 2020 and October 2021. The podcast was sunset in February 2023 and no new episodes are being produced. However, transcripts of past episodes will remain available indefinitely. Thank you for listening!
Jacob Helberg from Stanford University's Center on Geopolitics and Technology introduces POWER PLAYS listeners to the global tech-fueled struggle between the U.S.-led democracies and China-led autocracies that is redefining international politics. The stakes of this "Gray War", as Helberg terms it in his new book THE WIRES OF WAR, are high and time is running out for America to address and win this war. If China reaches a point of self-sufficiency and what Helberg describes in the show as "escape velocity", it will be too late for the U.S. to prevent China from achieving its political vision of a more autocratic world safe for the Chinese Communist Party.
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