The first big data politics and international relations forum was held in the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) on June 2, 2018.
Hosted by UIBE’s school of international relations, the forum focused on how data could change politics and attracted well-known domestic universities, scientific institutes, publishers of periodicals and magazines, and media for discussion and exchanges.
Big data is showing great economic and social value as artificial intelligence technology has been pervasive in social life, said UIBE vice president Wang Qiang in his opening speech. Big data, to some extent, has become a new strategic resource, a new lifeline to industry, and a new driving force of technological progress.
Vice director Lv Xin of the Office of the State Information Center stressed at the forum that big data has played an important role in promoting economic growth and improving social governance and government regulation worldwide.
Executive editor Chen Zhirui of Foreign Affairs Review, a Chinese academic journal of international politics sponsored by China Foreign Affairs University, said study of big data should show concern to morality and ethics in addition to cutting-edge technologies.
Professor Wang Cungang of Tongji University said the diplomatic use of big data is a double-edged sword. It helps expand the field of diplomacy, but on the other hand, the emergence of new diplomatic media may erode the statehood of diplomacy and sharpen the inequality in international relations.