Samantha Hoffman is an Analyst at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute’s International Cyber Policy Centre, a Fellow at China Forum, and an independent consultant. In 2018, she was a Visiting Fellow at MERICS in Berlin. She also worked as a consultant for the IISS (2012-2018) and IHS Markit (2012-2017). Her research explores the domestic and global implications of the Chinese Communist Party’s approach to state security. The research offers new ways of thinking about how to understand and respond to China’s technology-enhanced political and social control efforts. Hoffman holds a Ph.D. in Politics and International Relations from the University of Nottingham (2017), an M.Sc. in Modern Chinese Studies from the University of Oxford (2011), and B.A. degrees in International Affairs and East Asian Languages & Cultures from Florida State University (2010).

Last Updated: June 15, 2020



Technical Difficulties

Samantha Hoffman, Fergus Ryan & more
Citing national security concerns, the Trump administration announced September 18 that it was banning both TikTok and WeChat from mobile app stores starting Sunday, with further usage bans to come. While that date came and went without any impact...



China’s Zoom Bomb

Wang Dan, Donald Clarke & more
In the lead-up to the 31st anniversary of the Tiananmen Square demonstrations this spring, Zoom, the U.S.-based company whose online meeting platform has rocketed to global prominence amid the COVID-19 pandemic, received requests from China’s...



Is Big Data Increasing Beijing’s Capacity for Control?

Mirjam Meissner, Rogier Creemers & more
China’s authoritarian government is using big data to develop credit scoring systems, and is urging data-sharing between companies and governments, putting ordinary Chinese squarely in the digital spotlight. How should Chinese netizens and global...