- March 31, 2020
On March 31, 2020, the Aspen Institute Germany hosted a virtual Zoom-based conversation on “COVID-19, Tech and Democratic Readiness” together with Sir Julian King, former European Commissioner for the Security Union (2016-19). This conversation looked at national and EU actions to protect democracies in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. It touched on a range of topics from disinformation to contact tracing and data usage in monitoring the infection spread. 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.