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Together, the three partners will make use of their strong traditions, networks and recognition as non-partisan platforms for professional, solution-oriented discourse to facilitate a series of events under the heading Transatlantic Digital Agenda: Bridging the Digital Gap. The three partners’ existing networks connecting decision makers in politics, the economy, science and civil society in Germany, Europe and the United States will be activated and enlisted toward this goal. We will tackle a range of key issues including: data flows, digital trade, copyright, competition, platforms, Internet of things, cloud computing, AI, innovation, labor market impacts, startups, data protection and privacy, finance, political action online, fake news, surveillance, cybersecurity and global Internet governance.

Transatlantic Digital Agenda: Bridging the Gap

Objectives

  • Creating a recognized and recurring transatlantic platform for values-based dialog on the strategic implications and common projects of the digital age​
  • Formulating concrete policy recommendations on both sides of the Atlantic
  • Furthering the dialog on digital Euro-Atlantic market integration
  • Fostering Euro-Atlantic innovative capabilities and competitiveness
  • Contributing to a better understanding of value-based leadership in the digital age

The digital revolution is causing some of the most profound and accelerating societal challenges of the 21st century. However, a comprehensive, ongoing transatlantic dialogue on these challenges is lacking, as are constructive approaches aligned with the value-based Euro-Atlantic community. The potential for a common transatlantic digital market could unleash a new wave of inclusive growth for both sides of the Atlantic. But differences in legal systems, political priorities and the rising tide of populism threaten potential common transatlantic leadership in the digital space. The resulting digital divide between the Euro-Atlantic partners is a key future challenge that both sides must tackle together.

The common set of values between Europe and the United States form the basis of our contrat social that guarantees our citizens freedom, equality, democracy, openness, and the rule of law expressed in the U.S. Bill of Rights and the French Declaration of Human Rights in 1789.  In the UN, Bretton Woods institutions, Geneva Convention and NATO, Europe and the U.S. forged an international system based on these shared values. Now these values must be adapted to the digital age – a sort of contrat social digital. This globally unique, close relationship enables a constructive, frank dialog on how to maintain a flourishing, values-based system that can continue to spread around the world.


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