• 5 April 2017

    Policy Program | Launch Conference: Transatlantic Digital Agenda: Bridging the Gap
    The digital revolution is causing some of the most profound and accelerating societal challenges of the 21st century. The potential for a common transatlantic digital market could unleash a new wave of inclusive growth for both sides of the Atlantic. But differences in legal systems, political priorities and the rising tide of populism threaten potential common transatlantic leadership in the digital space. The resulting digital divide between the Euro-Atlantic partners is a key future challenge that both sides must tackle together.
    With this in mind, the Aspen Institute Germany is joining forces with the Internet Economy Foundation and the Atlantic Council for a new project – the Transatlantic Digital Agenda: Bridging the Gap –to facilitate a series of conferences, seminars and workshops with decision makers in politics, the economy, science and civil society in Germany, Europe and the United States. The project will tackle a range of key issues including: cross border data flows, digital trade, copyright, competition, platforms, Internet of things, cloud computing, AI, innovation, labor market impacts, startups, data protection and privacy, finance, political action online, fake news, surveillance, cybersecurity and global Internet governance. More broadly, this initiative will examine how the set of values at the heart of our contrat social – that guarantees our citizens freedom, equality, democracy, openness, and the rule of law – can be translated into the digital age.
    The joint project will be launched on April 5th, 2017 in Berlin on the eve of the first ever G20 Digital Ministers Meeting.