Leaders from Palantir Technologies and the Prague Security Studies Institute
honored at annual Tech Freedom Summit in Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C. November 22, 2023—The Krach Institute for Tech Diplomacy at Purdue, the world’s preeminent trusted tech accelerator, honored industry luminaries Dr. Alex Karp of Palantir Technologies and Roger Robinson, Jr. of the Prague Security Studies Institute for their extraordinary commitment to the work of securing freedom for people globally through trusted technology. Video of the award ceremony and a recap of the Tech Freedom Summit can be viewed here.
Created in 2022, the Tech Freedom Awards are awarded annually to organizations and leaders who embody the trust principles and democratic values that form the basis of trusted technology. These include integrity, accountability, transparency, reciprocity and respect for the rule of law, property, human rights and sovereignty.
“When we at the Krach Institute imagine what founders, CEOs and business leaders should be doing to ensure that technology enhances freedom for people everywhere, we can’t help but think of Alex Karp and Roger Robinson. These tremendous leaders have demonstrated over and over their commitment to combatting techno-authoritarian regimes through trust-based product development, responsible business strategy and a relentless quest to root out risks to national security,” stated Keith Krach, Chairman and Co-Founder of the Krach Institute for Tech Diplomacy at Purdue.
The Krach Institute recognized Dr. Karp for his ground-breaking work developing technology at Palantir which is used to protect privacy and national security.
“It means a lot that the Krach Institute for Tech Diplomacy is standing up and sticking up for the values of the West, which on occasion have to be fought for with force—particularly through technology,” said Dr. Alex Karp, Founder and CEO of Palantir Technologies.
Video of Dr. Karp’s full remarks can be viewed here.
Roger Robinson, Jr. was honored for his work preventing funds from American investors from being used to finance the Chinese Communist Party’s military ambitions.
“I was privileged to serve as the NSC architect of the economic and financial strategy for the take-down of the first ‘evil empire’ under President Reagan. Today we face a far more complex, sophisticated, capable and formidable foe in the Chinese Communist Party,” noted Roger W. Robinson, Jr., Chairman and Co-Founder of the Prague Security Studies Institute. “Accordingly, we at the Krach Institute have a daily obligation and duty to ensure that our authoritarian adversaries are never permitted to imperil everything that we hold dear. Not on our watch.”
Past honorees include Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen; The Honorable Dan Goldin, the longest tenured administrator in NASA history; and mobile network operator Africell.
ABOUT THE KRACH INSTITUTE FOR TECH DIPLOMACY AT PURDUE:
The Krach Institute for Tech Diplomacy at Purdue is the world’s preeminent nonprofit trusted technology accelerator. As the leader of a new category called Tech Diplomacy, the Institute is focused on driving outcomes three core areas: the creation of action-oriented strategies and solutions that will help advance principles of trusted tech at a global scale; the growth of the Global Trusted Tech Network of individuals and organizations who support the fight against techno-authoritarianism; the creation of education and training to increase the widespread adoption of Tech Diplomacy.