The TDD 2018 fellows will come together for two dialogue sessions in Germany and the US to debate the challenges that arise from the digital transformation of our societies. The first session took place in Berlin and Munich, from June 11 to 15, 2018. The second session will take place in Washington, DC and Boston in October 2018. TDD 2018 is the third cohort of the Transatlantic Digital Debates. Learn about the previous cohorts.
Computer Scientist and Research Fellow, Digital Health Center of the Hasso-Plattner Institute, University of Potsdam
Internet Policy Specialist, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce
Research Associate, International Security Division, German Institute for International and Security Affairs
2018 Berlin and Munich Session
The third round of the Transatlantic Digital Debates launched in Berlin and Munich, from June 11–15, 2018. You can find the agenda here.
The third cohort of TDD fellows, from Germany and the US, met for the first time as the session kicked off in Berlin. Their first day included discussions on China’s tech policy and its implications for the US and Europe.
To get started, the fellows identified the most controversial topics in data and technology policy in the next five years, each of them drawing on their particular expertise and experience.
Throughout the week, the TDD fellows met and engaged with several experts. Here, Stefan Heumann from Stiftung Neue Verantwortung, and member of the TDD Steering Committee, presented his ideas for a European AI strategy.
Lorena Jaume-Palasi, co-founder of AlgorithmWatch, met with the fellows to discuss algorithmic discrimination and accountability. Together, the grouped outlined the different interpretations of the US and Europe, especially in light of the recent European General Data Protection Regulation.
As well as hearing from experts, TDD fellows lead discussions. Fellows Marc Lendermann, Franziska Raspe, and Philipp Marten took the group through the implications of Germany’s Network Enforcement Act, which asks social media companies to delete "unlawful" content. They then chaired the heated discussion on whether the law is the right approach to counter hate speech online that followed.
The fellows enjoyed an afternoon at Schloss Bellevue, the official residence of Germany’s Federal President. A castle tour - led by fellow Thomas Fehrmann - was followed by a stroll through the park and featured a surprise welcome from President Steinmeier himself.