Issue BriefOct 17, 2022
China’s surveillance ecosystem and the global spread of its tools
By Bulelani Jili
This paper seeks to offer insights into how China’s domestic surveillance market and cyber capability ecosystem operate, especially given the limited number of systematic studies that have analyzed its industry objectives.
ArticleSep 22, 2022
Assumptions and hypotheticals: Second edition
By Emma Schroeder
In the second "Assumptions and Hypotheticals," we explore various topics, including the cyber sovereignty debate, the question of an attribution threshold, and the utility of cyber tools in crisis escalation.
Bulelani Jili is a nonresident fellow at the Cyber Statecraft Initiative of the Atlantic Council’s under the Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab) and a PhD candidate at Harvard University, as an Oppenheimer graduate fellow. His research interests include Africa-China relations, Chinese geopolitical expansion, cybersecurity, Information and communications technology (ICT) development, internet policy, and privacy law. He is also a cybersecurity fellow at the Belfer Center, research associate with the China, Law, Development project at Oxford University, visiting fellow at Yale Law School, and former futures fellow at the Mercator Institute for China Studies. His research brief discerns the exportation of Chinese surveillance technology in Africa. His writing has appeared in leading publications and think tanks like the African Affairs, Theory, Culture and Society, Mail & Guardian, Africa Is a Country, the Elephant, and the African Center for Security Studies. Prior to attending Harvard, he earned a master of philosophy from Cambridge University, where he studied as a Standard Bank Africa Chairman’s scholar. In 2016, he was awarded a Yenching Scholarship to study at the Yenching Academy of Peking University. He holds an BA with honors in philosophy, politics, and economics (known as the College of Social Studies), from Wesleyan University, where he was a Pfeiffer scholar.