NSI 2020 – Preserving U.S. Leadership: Protecting America While Promoting Innovation


The National Security Institute was excited to host the next event in our Technology Innovation and American National Security: Preserving U.S. Leadership in a New Decade project.

America’s economic prosperity and military superiority relies on our technological superiority, but the same companies and public institutions that are driving U.S. innovation are also being targeted by foreign nation-states for intellectual property theft at a massive scale. Chairman Pai addressed how the US government can both protect the innovation that is the engine of American economic growth and the pillar of American national security, while also remaining economically engaged and politically competitive.

On Thursday November 19 at 1 PM, NSI hosted a fireside chat featuring Ajit Pai, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, and Emily Chang, Anchor and Executive Director of Bloomberg Technology, to discuss these and other issues facing the Federal Communications Commission.


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Ajit Pai is the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. He was designated Chairman by President Donald J. Trump in January 2017. He had previously served as Commissioner at the FCC, appointed by then-President Barack Obama and confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate in May 2012.  Prior to serving on the FCC, Chairman Pai served on the professional staff of the Senate Judicial Committee as Chief Counsel and Deputy Chief Counsel.  Chairman Pai has also served at the U.S. Department of Justice as Senior Counsel within the Office of Legal Policy and as a Trial Attorney within the Antitrust Division.



Emily Chang is the San Francisco-based anchor and executive producer of “Bloomberg Technology,” Bloomberg Television’s weekday technology program. She is also the author of “Brotopia: Breaking Up the Boys’ Club of Silicon Valley,” published in February, 2018.  Ms. Chang reports on global technology and media companies and the startups that may become them.  She is also the host of Bloomberg Television’s interview series, Studio 1.0, where she’s interviewed Andreessen Horowitz co-founder Marc Andreessen, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, author Malcolm Gladwell, screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, and Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom while he was under house arrest at his New Zealand mansion, among others.