Sarah O’Hare O’Neal: Time for a digital revolution in export controls?

28 January 2021

As the worlds of technology, trade and national security policy converge with unprecedented rapidity, the time is right for a digital transformation of export controls. This is the thrust of a joint comment submitted by Microsoft and Open AI to the US Commerce Department’s consultation on Foundational Technologies.

In this presentation, Sarah O’Hare O’Neal, Partner, Associate General Counsel, Global Trade at Microsoft, describes key characteristics of that potential transformation and how it might come about – a new approach, levering digital solutions within sensitive and important technology itself to better protect it from uses that harm national security, while preserving its beneficial uses.