Samm Sacks

Cybersecurity Policy Fellow and China Digital Economy Fellow, New America

Samm Sacks is a Cybersecurity Policy and China Digital Economy Fellow at New America. Her research focuses on emerging information and communication technology (ICT) policies globally, particularly China. She leads the Charting Chinese Data Governance initiative, which publishes translation and analysis of developments related to data protection, cross border data transfer, and China’s data policies in global comparative context. She has worked on China’s technology policies for over a decade. Previously, she was Senior Fellow in the Technology Policy Program at Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). At CSIS, she published widely cited reports and commentaries on issues ranging from China’s cybersecurity standards to comparison between the EU’s GDPR and China’s data protection system. Before joining CSIS, Sacks launched the industrial cyber business for Siemens in Asia, focusing on energy sector cybersecurity markets in East Asia. Previously, she led China technology sector analysis at the political risk consultancy Eurasia Group. Prior to this, she worked at Booz Allen Hamilton and Defense Group Inc., where she advised senior U.S. government officials on China’s science and technology (S&T) development. She reads and speaks Mandarin and is a frequent contributor to print and TV media, including, the BBC, Bloomberg, CNN, the Financial Times, New York Times, Politico, Reuters, Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. Her articles have appeared in the Atlantic and Foreign Affairs, among other outlets. She has testified before Congress three times in the last year on the U.S.-China technology relationship. A former Fulbright scholar in Beijing, Sacks holds an M.A. from Yale University in international relations and a B.A. from Brown University in Chinese literature.

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