- November 24, 2020
On November 24, 2020, Aspen Germany together with the Körber Foundation hosted an online discussion entitled “Special Session: A New Global Digital Order?” in the framework of this year’s Berlin Foreign Policy Forum with Dr. Eric Schmidt, Chair, National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence; Former Executive Chairman and CEO at Google and Co-Founder of Schmidt-Futures.
The digital transformation is causing some of the most profound societal challenges of the 21st century. This year’s COVID-19 crisis has accelerated the move toward digitization, drawing out aspects of inequality, even as they enable new forms of economic and social resilience. It has also accelerated existing power dynamics on the global stage in the digital realm. In a conversation with Rüdiger Lentz, former Executive Director at Aspen Germany and Elisabeth von Hammerstein, Programme Director International Affairs at the Körber-Stiftung, Dr. Eric Schmidt shared his views on a number of issues including current tech policy dynamics on the global stage, AI’s impact on geopolitics, Europe’s quest for digital sovereignty, to name a few. Among others, the following questions were addressed: What are Covid-19’s implications on foreign policy and security issues? What are the pandemic’s broader societal impacts and how does the pandemic affect tech dynamics and diplomacy between Europe, the US and China? What can we expect from Joe Biden’s election as the new president of the United States with regard to the big tech-challenges ouf our times? This discussion was recorded and can be found on Aspen Germany’s YouTube Channel: