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Democratic Alliance on Digital Governance Conference – Protecting and Strengthening Democracy in the Aftermath of COVID-19

Co-chairs of the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC) – eg. Sir Iain Duncan Smith, Senator Kimberley Kitching, MEP Miriam Lexmann – will speak and dialog with political leaders and distinguished thinkers to build new alliances and new global economic strategies after the pandemic COVID-19.  

On May 12, 2020, the World Leadership Alliance-Club de Madrid and the Boston Global Forum held a roundtable to discuss the Social Contract 2020, A New Social Contract in the Age of AI and risks to human rights stemming from governments’ response to COVID-19. On June 5, 2020, a new group, The Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC), was formed to assess the challenge posed by China’s ascendancy. It consists of 18 lawmakers from the U.S, Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, Norway, Sweden, the U.K. and the European Parliament. The July 1st conference is a follow-up to these efforts, focusing on creative responses to the threats to democracies posed by COVID-19 and China, and building Democratic Alliance on Digital Governance.

 

Organizers: Boston Global Forum, Sponsor: Government of Massachusetts

Moderator: Governor Michael Dukakis

Date and Time:  8:30 am – 11:50 am (EST), July 1, 2020

Format: Online conference

Participants:

Political Leaders:  Liam Byrne, UK Member of Parliament, the Chair of the Parliamentary Network on the World Bank & IMF,  Governor Michael Dukakis, Co-founder and Chair of the Boston Global Forum (BGF), Ichiro Fujisaki, former Japanese Ambassador to US, Senator Kimberley Kitching, Parliament of Australia, Co-chair of Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC), Miriam Lexmann, Member of European Parliament, Co-chair of IPAC, Jamil Mahuad, former President of Ecuador, Beatriz Merino, former Prime Minister of Peru, Yasuhide Nakayama, Member of the House of Representatives of Japan, the State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Andreas Norlén, Speaker of the Swedish Parliament , Nam Pham, Asistant Secretary, Massachusetts, Sir Iain Duncan Smith, UK Member of Parliament, Co-chair of (IPAC).

Scholars and Thinkers: Professor Nazli Choucri (MIT), Prof. Koichi Hamada (Yale), Prof. Joseph Nye (Harvard Kennedy School), Prof. Thomas Patterson (Harvard Kennedy School), Prof. Alex Pentland (MIT), Marc Rotenberg (Director of the Center on AI and Digital Policy (CAIDP), Michael Dukakis Institute, former President of EPIC), Prof. David Silbersweig (Harvard), Nguyen Anh Tuan (CEO of the Boston Global Forum (BGF)), Prof. Dick Vietor (Harvard Business School)

 

Agenda

8:30 am – Opening Remarks, Governor Michael Dukakis, Co-founder and Chair of the BGF

 

8:35 am – Topic 1: New Alliance, New Order, New Democracy

Speakers: Sir Iain Duncan Smith, UK MP, Co-chair of the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC), Miriam Lexmann, MEP, Co-chair of IPAC, Professor Joseph Nye, Harvard Kennedy School

Moderator: Governor Michael Dukakis

Panelists: Marc Rotenberg, Director of the Center on AI and Digital Policy (CAIDP), Michael Dukakis Institute, Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki, Professor Nazli Choucri, MIT, Beatriz Merino, former Prime Minister of Peru, Professor Thomas Patterson, Harvard Kennedy School, Nguyen Anh Tuan, Speaker of the Swedish Parliament Andreas Norlén, Vaira Vike-Freiberga, former President of Latvia.

 

10:25 am – Topic 2: New Supply Chain, New Economy, New Democracy 

Speakers: Senator Kimberley Kitching, Parliament of Australia, Co-Chair of the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC), Professor Dick Vietor, Harvard Business School, Professor Alex Sandy Pentland, MIT

Moderator: Governor Michael Dukakis

Panelists: MP Liam Byrne, Professor Koichi Hamada, Yale, and Special Adviser to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Yasuhide Nakayama, State Minister of Japan, Nam Pham, Assistant Secretary of Massachusetts, Jamil Mahuad, former President of Ecuador, Professor David Silberweig, Harvard

 

11:40 am – Announce the Center on Artificial Intelligence and Digital Policy (CAIDP), Marc Rotenberg, Director of CAIDP, Michael Dukakis Institute

 

11:45 am – Concluding Remarks: Governor Michael Dukakis.