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He is an emeritus professor at the Florida Institute of Technology. Previously, he was with the University of California, Riverside, Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute, and IBM. His research and teaching were in the areas of computer science, software & systems engineering, educational technology, the design of communication, and business information systems.

He is president and founder of the Center for Technology & Society, president and co-founder of Big Data Florida, past president of INCOSE Space Coast, and a Space Coast Writers’ Guild Fellow.

He has authored over 150 academic papers and has published 28 books (technical and non-technical), most recently Systems Analysis & Design (Cengage, 2020), SPACE (Anthology Alliance, 2019), and Technical Justice (CTS Press, 2019). He wrote the “Technology Today” column for FLORIDA TODAY from 2010 to 2018.

He is a popular public speaker, having delivered numerous keynote presentations and “Tech Talks” for a general audience. Recent examples include the role of big data in the space program, a four-part series on machine learning, and a four-part series on fake news.

He holds a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Victoria (1995).

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Next Step in the Campaign for Democracy

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

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By Alan W. Dowd, ASCF Senior Fellow


July 2021 - The previous issue discussed the emergence of an ad hoc partnership of democracies and the need for a formal and full-fledged “alliance of democracies”—a term President Biden has used. This issue explores the other side of the equation.

Some argue that formalizing an international alliance of democracies will lead to the emergence of an opposing bloc of autocracies. Sadly, such a bloc already exists.

Russia and China serve as patrons and protectors of fellow tyrannies in North Korea, Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Cuba and Belarus. The Beijing-Moscow axis is working to lure the likes of Turkey, Serbia and Hungary into the autocratic fold; exploiting cyberspace to weaken democratic intuitions throughout the Free World; and sowing chaos from the Arctic to the Himalayas, the South China Sea to the South Pacific, the Black Sea to the Persian Gulf.

Like the USSR, the PRC has the capacity and intent to challenge the free world across every domain and region. And like the USSR, the PRC has no interest in joining an international system premised on free government and free markets—only to supplant it. Beijing is amassing the economic, industrial, cultural, technological and military tools to do that.

China is a country of 1.3 billion. Its GDP is $14.1 trillion. Its annual military expenditure has eclipsed $260 billion (mushrooming 517 percent since 2000). It has plans for