Digital Middle Powers: What Strategies in the Global Tech Competition?

Partial world map with connected dots
February 24
10:00 am
 – 11:30 am

In an international context characterised by the ever-growing US-China economic rivalry and technological competition, states caught in the middle of this competition are increasingly having to determine which side they are on.

Digital middle powers are caught in the middle of the power play between competing models, in an emerging multipolar international system where digital technology is a determining factor of power.

This webinar will explore the strategies of several of these “swing states” – such as Brazil, India, Israel, Japan, Kenya, Russia and the UK – and discuss the main findings of IFRI’s upcoming study on this topic: The Technology Policies of Digital Middle Powers.

Diplo’s Marilia Maciel (Head – Digital Commerce and Internet Policy) will participate in this debate by the French Institute of International Relations (IFRI).


Introduction and moderation: Alice Pannier, head of the Geopolitics of Technology Program

  • Brazil: Marilia Maciel,Digital Policy Senior Researcher at DiploFoundation
  • India: Trisha Ray, Deputy Director, Centre for Security, Strategy and Technology at the Observer Research Foundation
  • Israel: Erez Maggor, Postdoctoral Fellow, Martin Buber Society of Fellows, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Japan: Mariko Togashi, Research Fellow for Japanese Security and Defence Policy, IISS
  • Kenya: Grace Mutung’u, Project Head, Open Society Foundations
  • Russia: Julien Nocetti, Associate Research Fellow, Ifri
  • United Kingdom: Zach Meyers, Senior Research Fellow, Center for European Reform.