Fighting the War in Ukraine on the Digital Technology Front
A conversation with:
Matthew Murray, SIPA and Harriman Institute Adjunct Professor
Alexander Bornyakov, Deputy Minister of Digital Transformation of Ukraine
As the war which Russia has waged on Ukraine enters its second month, Ukraine’s Ministry of Digital Transformation has already succeeded in changing the landscape. During this panel discussion SIPA and Harriman Institute Adjunct Professor Matthew Murray will interview Ukraine’s Deputy Minister of Digital Transformation Alex Bornyakov, a SIPA EMPA alumnus. Together they will discuss Ukraine’s strategy for deploying digital technology tools to defend Ukraine’s sovereignty. Building on the foundation of Ukraine’s innovative knowledge economy, Deputy Minister Bornyakov has worked with local and foreign private sector leaders to provide Ukraine with an edge in the war. Professor Murray will ask the Deputy Minister to discuss these developments including the partnership with Elon Musk’s SpaceX to provide Starlink satellites and the entrance of PayPal in Ukraine’s digital banking space. They will discuss how digital tools can be used to penetrate Russia’s closed information space and help Russian citizens learn truths about the war. The question will then be posed to the audience — what other types of digital innovations can be deployed with support from the U.S. private sector?
SIPA Picker Center & EMPA