Data & Technology Politics

New digital technologies enable creativity, connect the world and provide public goods and essential services. They also challenge conventional notions of privacy, facilitate crime and enable surveillance and oppression.

To which end these data-driven technologies are used is determined by political, corporate, societal and individual choices. Liberal democracies struggle to strike the right balance between privacy and business interests, as well as freedom and national security. Unencumbered by such dilemmas, authoritarian governments pursue absolute state control over data in the name of “information security.” With two billion new – mostly non-Western – users expected to go online in the coming years and rising political and economic stakes, contests over global rules for technologies and data transfers across jurisdictions will only continue to heat up.

We aim to make a contribution toward sound political, corporate and societal choices through research, policy advice and the fostering of strategic communities. Our work draws on GPPi’s cross-disciplinary insights into rising powers, peace and security, innovation in development and human rights.

Featured Publications

Commentary

Trending on Fakebook

by Alexander Pirang
GPPi

Commentary

How Europe Can Get Encryption Right

by Thorsten Benner, Mirko Hohmann
Politico Europe

Commentary

Reform, Especially in Times of Terror

by Alexander Pirang, Mirko Hohmann
GPPi

Commentary

Germany Needs an Independent Digital Emergency Response Team

by Isabel Skierka, Mirko Hohmann
GPPi

Policy Paper

National CSIRTs and Their Role in Computer Security Incident Response

by Robert Morgus, Isabel Skierka, Mirko Hohmann, Tim Maurer
GPPi & New America

Commentary

Digital Security in Aid and Development

by Rahel Dette
ICTworks

Article

Book Review: Krieg der Knöpfe

by Isabel Skierka
Internationale Politik, November/Dezember 2015

Commentary

German Bundestag Passes New Data Retention Law

by Mirko Hohmann
Lawfare Blog

Commentary

The German NSA Affair and the Need for Reform in Berlin

by Mirko Hohmann
Lawfare Blog

Policy Paper

CSIRT Basics for Policy-Makers

by Isabel Skierka, Robert Morgus, Mirko Hohmann, Tim Maurer
GPPi & New America