The Transatlantic Summit 2022: Sovereignty vs. Cooperation in the Digital Era - Conference on Technology and Geopolitics
Thursday, November 17, 2022
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM (Pacific)
Schwab Residental Center
680 Serra St.
Stanford, CA 9405
Please note, event is now sold out, though waitlist is available through the registration link above.
The Transatlantic Summit is where the worlds of cutting-edge research, industry, and policy come together to find answers on geopolitics, digital platforms and emerging tech as well as digital sovereignty. Whether you're an industry leader, policy maker, or student - join the start of a new Transatlantic movement seeking synergies between technology and society and become part of the international conversation going forward.
- Creates a vibrant forum for a dialogue between the US and Europe in Silicon Valley about the impact of digital technologies on business and society
- Builds a strong network for German American collaboration in digital innovation, business, and geopolitics
- Excite, connect and inspire: Participants meet the movers and shakers of the digital future from business, academia, and politics
- Digital Sovereignty
- Geopolitics of Emerging Technologies
- Digital Platforms and Misinformation
The conference, which is jointly organized by the German Federal Foreign Office, The Representatives of German Business (GAAC West), German Consulate General of San Francisco, Stanford German Student Association and Program on Geopolitics, Technology, and Governance at the Stanford Cyber Policy Center addresses current discussions about digital technologies, business and society. Join us and get inspired by our series of speakers and networking sessions to bring together leaders, politicians, students, and changemakers.
Digital Sovereignty and Multilateral Collaboration
Digital sovereignty vs. cooperation: What should the future of the transatlantic partnership on digital policies look like, and how do we reach it?
Technology increasingly sits at the epicenter of geopolitics. In recent years, the notion of technological or digital sovereignty has emerged in Europe as a means of promoting the notion of European leadership and strategic autonomy in the digital field. On the other side of the Atlantic, the United States find themselves in an increasingly fierce race with China for global technology dominance. Against this backdrop, cooperation between the European Union and the United States may be more critical than ever. This raises important questions: What does Europe's move toward digital sovereignty and self- determination mean for the transatlantic partnership? And how should the US and EU balance sovereignty and cooperation in digital and technology policy? Our panel will explore tensions between sovereignty and cooperation and what the future of transatlantic policy may look like on issues from data protection to semiconductors, in light of the rising technological influence and ambitions of China.
John Zysman, Professor Emeritus, UC Berkeley
Maryam Cope, Head of Government Affairs, ASML U. S.
Hannah Bracken, Policy Advisor -Privacy Shield, U.S. Department of Commerce
Adriana Groh, Co-Founder, Sovereign Tech Fund
Critical Infrastructures and Technologies
Geopolitics of emerging technologies | Regulating emerging technologies for self-sufficiency and independence: What implications do technologies like artificial intelligence have on geopolitics?
Advanced and emerging technologies are expected to have a tremendous impact on economics and security in the upcoming decades. This includes artificial intelligence, which underlies applications in manufacturing, defense, trade, and many other geopolitically relevant sectors. What is supposed to make our lives easier, more efficient, and safer also carries risks – for individuals, industry, and governments alike. Looking at artificial intelligence as a case study, what are the geopolitical consequences of such emerging technologies where China and the US have a strong lead in development? How might governments react to these developments and potential imbalances? Which regulations will be necessary, and which national standards can become blueprints for international guidelines? Our expert panel will highlight both the hidden and the obvious opportunities and challenges arising from emerging technologies and discuss how to address them.
Olaf Groth, Faculty Director, CEO – Cambrian.ai, UC Berkeley
Michael Sellitto, Head of Geopolitics and Security Policy, Anthropic
Anna Makanju, Head of Public Policy, OpenAI
Digital Platforms and Misinformation
Digital Platform Governance in the Age of Misinformation: What are pathways to a globally effective governance model for social media?
What, if any, are acceptable limits to free speech, and when might the freedom to speak infringe on the rights of others? To what extent are misinformation and influence operations a security risk to individuals, platforms, and society? Governments, industry, and academia are at a crossroads when it comes to drafting universally accepted regulations for social media and digital platforms more generally. Fundamental values such as freedom of speech and freedom from harm have become contentious issues in the face of widespread misinformation and efforts to moderate content. The global and systemic dimensions of digital platform governance and misinformation present enormous opportunities and challenges for international cooperation. Our experts from industry, academia and government will discuss existing challenges and ways to address them.
Gerard de Graaf, Director Digital Transformation, DG CONNECT, European Commission, International Institute of Communications
Other TBA Speakers
Agenda & Speakers
Transatlantic Summit: Sovereignty vs. Cooperation in the Digital Era
Thursday, Nov. 17th, 2022, 9:00am – 6:00pm PT
Vidalakis Dining Hall, Schwab Residential Center Stanford, CA 94305