This program focuses on how Germany and the European Union can shape digital developments and their massive impact on prosperity, international security, democracy, and the world order. It aims to help drive the EU’s policy efforts to make Europe fit for leadership in general purpose technologies such as artificial intelligence, cloud computing, the industrial internet, robotics, quantum computing, and virtual reality. It simultaneously supports policymakers, as well as stakeholders from the private sector and civil society, in shaping global tech rules based on European values – even as Europe is squeezed by the competing ideologies of surveillance capitalism and techno-authoritarianism.
DGAP’s Technology and Global Affairs Program tackles four broad questions:
- How can Europe succeed in its quest for digital sovereignty?
- How is the fusion of civilian and military technologies transforming the nature of conflict?
- How can Germany and Europe lead the way in shaping effective, relevant cyber norms and internet governance?
- How can Germany better address the evolving landscape of digital democracy and disinformation, including the integrity of election systems?
The war in Ukraine is catalyzing the struggle for global technology leadership that is set to define geopolitical competition for decades to come.