2018 Fellows

The TDD 2018 fellows came 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 took place in Washington, DC and Boston in October 2018. TDD 2018 was the third cohort of the Transatlantic Digital Debates. Learn about the previous cohorts.

Rhianon Anderson

Program Operations Associate, Girls Who Code

Varoon Bashyakarla

Data Scientist and Researcher, Tactical Technology Collective

Timothy Blute

Director, NGA Future Office, National Governors Association

Isabelle Buscke

Team Leader, Federation of German Consumer Organizations, Brussels

Hanna Drimalla

Computer Scientist and Research Fellow, Digital Health Center of the Hasso-Plattner Institute, University of Potsdam

Thomas Fehrmann

Speech Writer, Office of the German Federal President

Clare Garvie 

Associate, Center on Privacy & Technology, Georgetown University Law Center

Sandro Gianella

Head of Public Policy - Europe, Stripe




Hina Gir

Special Assistant to the National Security Advisor, U.S. National Security Council




Trey Herr

Senior Security Strategist, Microsoft

Michael Kaemingk

Advisor, The Behavioral Insights Team

Manuel Kilian

Senior Project Manager, hy - the Axel Springer Ecosystem Firm

Brian Larkin

Internet Policy Specialist, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce

Mark Lendermann

Policy Officer, German Federal Chancellery




Philipp Marten

Project Leader, Panke Consulting





Franziska Raspe

Head of Public Policy, Bitkom e.V.

Matthias Schulze

Research Associate, International Security Division, German Institute for International and Security Affairs

Josephine Wolff

Assistant Professor, Public Policy and Computing Security, Rochester Institute of Technology

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.



2018 Washington, DC and Boston Session

From October 14–19, 2018, the fellows reconvened in Washington, DC and Boston for the second session of the 2018 Transatlantic Digital Debates. You can find the agenda here.

Throughout the week, conversations and workshops delved into topics like the future of work, the state of US cybersecurity, privacy, and securing elections in the face of increasing digital threats, among other things.

As well as data and technology policy, the fellows’ dialogue included broader US-German relations. Here, the German Marshall Fund US’s Derek Chollet explores US-Europe relations on trade, defense and integration, as well as dealing with volatility and unpredictability in foreign policy. 

In Boston, the fellows grappled with the implications of artificial intelligence and healthcare, including the social, ethical and legal dimensions of the AI governance discussion. Here, Sabelo Mhlambi and Jasmine McNealy from the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University share their take.

During a lively exchange on social media and social movements with Ethan Zuckerman, Director of Center for Civic Media at MIT, the group debated the Internet’s current potential to create and reinvigorate the public sphere.

Throughout the week, the fellows continued their discussions over dinner and social activities while exploring the cities of Boston and Washington, DC. In the capital, the fellows got a glimpse inside the corridors of the White House, touring both the East and West Wings.