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The Atlantic Council’s Global China Hub and Krach Institute for Tech Diplomacy at Purdue’s Global Tech Security Commission is a nonpartisan initiative to develop a Global Tech Security Strategy for safeguarding freedom from technological authoritarianism. The Commission is co-chaired by Keith Krach, chairman and co-founder of the Krach Institute for Tech Diplomacy at Purdue and Kersti Kaljulaid, former president of the Republic of Estonia.
The commission’s final report, to be released in spring 2023, will articulate a strategic vision for technological advances that can be trusted to serve the common good. It will serve as a playbook for like-minded partners to collectively develop, promote, and protect technological advances that advance freedom and defeat authoritarian attempts to limit it.
Meet our co-chairs
Keith J. Krach
Chairman and Co-Founder
Krach Institute for Tech Diplomacy at Purdue
Keith J. Krach is chairman and co-founder of the Krach Institute for Tech Diplomacy at Purdue. He most recently served as the unanimously confirmed Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment. He is known for his work in advancing freedom through trusted technology through the 5G Clean Network Alliance of Democracies to defeat authoritarianism in technology. He was previously CEO of DocuSign as well as co-founder and CEO of Ariba.
Former President of the Republic of Estonia
Kersti Kaljulaid served as the President of the Republic of Estonia from 2016 to 2021. During her time in office, she made her presence felt in both her homeland and the international arena. Over the years, President Kaljulaid has robustly defended the principles underlying our society: democracy, human rights, equal treatment and freedom of speech. One of the principles of her own time in office has been the one she set out upon her inauguration: “I am never silent when our security is in question, when our freedoms are at stake or when those weaker than us are treated unjustly.”
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The Krach Institute for Tech Diplomacy at Purdue’s mission is to advance freedom through trusted technology. It does so by creating a new category, tech statecraft, that blends high-tech sector strategies with foreign policy tools and builds out a Technology Trust Network. The Institute rallies allies, leverages private sector innovation, and operates based on trusted democratic values.
The Atlantic Council’s Global China Hub researches and devises allied solutions to the greatest challenges posed by China’s rise, including its drive to dominate emerging technologies. The Hub addresses these challenges by leveraging and amplifying the Atlantic Council’s work on China across its 14 other programs and centers.