Bulelani Jili is a PhD candidate at Harvard University, as a Meta Research PhD fellow. His research focuses on Africa-China relations, Cybersecurity, ICT development, Internet Policy, Law and Development, and Privacy Law. He is also a Visiting Fellow at Yale Law School, Cybersecurity Fellow at the Belfer Center, Scholar-in-Residence at Electronic Privacy Information Center, Futures Fellow at Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS), and Research Associate with the China, Law, Development Project at Oxford University. He has supported the Freedom House Africa Program and the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Human Rights Initiative at large, which investigates the spread of facial recognition technology in Africa. Prior to attending Harvard, he earned an MPhil from Cambridge University, where he studied as a Standard Bank Africa Chairman’s Scholar. In 2016, he was awarded a Yenching Scholarship to study at the Yenching Academy of Peking University, where he received a MA in Economics. Studying with Professor He Yafei, former Vice-Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Professor Jiang Guo Hua, he studied Chinese global governance strategies and economic approaches. He holds an AB honors, in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (College of Social Studies), from Wesleyan University (CT), where he was a Pfeiffer Scholar.
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There is a well-established tradition of scholarly discourses that treats Africa as a natural laboratory against which European theories of modernity are tested... More