In recent years, debates between Germany and the US have heated up in the digital realm. Initially, surveillance was at the center. Since then, more facets have been added: discussions over transatlantic data transfers and the regulation of US technology companies are two recent examples.
Still, countries on both sides of the Atlantic face similar challenges as they deal with the impact of increasing digitization: changes in the public sphere due to social media; data-driven automation and implications for the job market; fighting cybercrime and increasing cybersecurity; protecting against influence operations and the increasing clout of authoritarian countries on global technology policy.
To build more long-term transatlantic cooperation, the Transatlantic Digital Debates (TDD) program fosters dialogue among future decision-makers. In 2016, 2017, and 2018, the first three rounds of the program each brought together nine German and nine American young professionals from different sectors. They met in two German and two US cities, such as Berlin, Boston, Washington, DC, Munich, Austin, or Hamburg, to discuss important aspects of digitalization. The initial funding phase drew to a close in 2018. The program is now on hold, but may resume in 2020. Please check back in autumn 2019 for updated information.