Infinite Games: Jacob Helberg, Author of Wires of War, on The Fight for the Future of the Internet

Jacob Helberg is the author of The Wires of War: Technology and the Global Struggle for Power. In this episode, Jacob and Daniel discuss geopolitics, the physical infrastructure of the internet, and how the US can work to preserve democracy.
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November 24, 2021
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Jacob Helberg is a senior adviser at the Stanford University Center on Geopolitics and Technology and an adjunct fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
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“We have to see the world for what it is, not as we wish it were.” – Jacob Helberg

Jacob Helberg (@jacobhelberg) is the author of the recently published book, The Wires of War: Technology and the Global Struggle for Power. He is also Co-Chair of the China Strategy Initiative Working Group at The Brookings Institution, Senior Advisor of the Program on Geopolitics & Technology at the Cyber Policy Center and an adjunct fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies

To listen to Jacob’s quick interview on habits, routines, and inspirations, click here.

For more, explore the transcript of this episode



Chapters

  • Jacob's background and introduction to geopolitics
  • Jacob's book, The Wires of War
  • Defining autocracy
  • Watershed moments in geopolitics
  • The physical infrastructure of the internet, and how it can be manipulated
  • China is a peer competitor
  • The need for US proactivity with autocracies
  • Cold war, grey war, and hot peace
  • How the US should work to preserve democracy
  • Optimism in geopolitics

Links

Learn More About This Topic

The Global Power Shift – TED

This playlist of TED talks covering everything from the rise of China to geopolitical maps is a great starting point.

The Hundred-Year Marathon: China's Secret Strategy to Replace America as the Global Superpower by Michael Pillsbury
Jacob describes this resource as dense and tough to get through, but full of insights.

On China by Henry Kissinger
Jacob enjoyed comparing insights from this book to that of Pillsbury’s book above.

Never Give In! The Best of Winston Churchill's Speeches
This collection of Churchill’s speeches is a favorite of Jacob’s, full of examples of Churchill’s eloquence and humor.

The Lights are Going Out, 1938 – Winston Churchill
Jacob’s favorite speech by Churchill, about the trend of advancing autocracies and retreating democracies.

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