Since the Snowden leaks, tensions between Germany and the US have become especially apparent in the digital realm, with heated debates over surveillance and the right to privacy. Now the advent of the Trump administration promises greater uncertainty and may exacerbate transatlantic friction at both political and societal levels.
At the same time, countries on both sides of the Atlantic face similar challenges as they deal with the impact of data-driven automation; fighting cybercrime and increasing cybersecurity; changes in the public sphere due to social media; and countering propaganda and other digitally enabled influence operations.
To build more long-term transatlantic cooperation in the digital age, the Transatlantic Digital Debates foster dialogue among future decision-makers. Following the success of the first round in 2016, the 2017 program will bring together nine German and nine American young professionals from different sectors to meet in Berlin and Hamburg and then again in Washington, DC and Austin.