On April 08, 2020, the Aspen Institute Germany will host a virtual Zoom-based conversation on “COVID-19 and German Tech Policy" together with Saskia Esken, chairperson of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) and member of the Bundestag. This on-the-record discussion will focus on how German policy-makers can shape tech policy that helps Germany recover from the twin health and economic crises stemming from the Coronavirus. These include how best to deploy new technologies in areas like testing, tracking, diagnostics and building capacity.
It also includes government responses to protect start-ups from the impact of COVID-19 economic crisis, encourage future R&D and prepare for tech-driven transformation that the crisis is likely to alter and, in some ways, accelerate. The conversation started with 20 minutes of discussion followed by 20 minutes of Q&A from an audience of more than 120 participants.
This conversation is part of an interactive Zoom-based series on “COVID-19 and Technology”. It will give participants the opportunity to engage with leading researchers, entrepreneurs, policy-makers, thinkers and civil society in interactive discussions looking at how tech is dealing with the COVID-19 crisis in Germany, Europe, the transatlantic space and the world. Talks will address how technology like AI, 3D printing and big data are supporting diagnostics, medical production, resilience and analytics of infection spreading. They will address issues around the geo-politics of tech in the pandemic, the race for a vaccine, cybersecurity, disinformation and fake news, and the use (and misuse) of data. This virtual conversation series takes place in partnership with Google.