Despotic Data: how authoritarian regimes are driving technology and innovation

Hosted by the Department of Management

Auditorium, Basement, Centre Building


Professor Noam Yuchtman

Professor Noam Yuchtman


Professor John Van Reenen

Data has become crucial in the production of our goods and services, particularly when it comes to the production of new technology and innovation such as artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML).

Access to data is often a bottleneck in the development of AI and ML. Whilst authoritarian regimes are considered to hinder innovation, they benefit from having access to large amounts of data which in the democratic world depends on strict laws and cultural perceptions around privacy. Hear from Noam Yuchtman, recipient of the British Academy’s Global Professorship and Professor of Managerial Economics and Strategy at LSE, as he explains the reasons why authoritarian regimes – such as China – are becoming world leaders in technology, innovation and artificial intelligence.

Noam Yuchtman is Professor of Managerial Economics and Strategy at LSE's Department of Management.

John Van Reenen (@johnvanreenen) is Ronald Coase Chair in Economics and School Professor, Department of Economics, LSE. 

The Department of Management (@LSEManagement) is a world class centre for education and research in business and management. 

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This event forms part of the “Shape the World” series, held in the run up to the LSE Festival, a week-long series of events taking place from Monday 2 to Saturday 7 March 2020, free to attend and open to all, exploring how social sciences can make the world a better place. The full programme will be available online from January 2020.

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