The Transatlantic Digital Debates fellowship program is now in its fifth year. The program brings together 18 German and American young professionals from government, business, civil society, academia, and the media to engage in problem-oriented dialogue on key issues related to the online platform regulation, data protection, disinformation, targeted digital advertising, antitrust concerns, data governance, innovation policy, and more.

Both sides of the Atlantic face similar challenges as they deal with the impact of increasing digitization: the rapid transformation of the global economy through the integration of artificial intelligence, automation and digital commerce; increasing influence operations of authoritarian countries to steer global internet, technology and data governance policies; as well as the rise of online platform services and resulting concerns with respect to data protection, disinformation, targeted digital advertising, and corporate power.

For the next generation of leaders from both sides of the Atlantic, it is crucial to develop an understanding of commonalities and differences on these issues, discover new viewpoints, explore shared approaches, and develop a compelling democratic vision for our increasingly digitalized future. This fellowship program aims to foster ongoing dialogue in service of a lasting transatlantic partnership