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

Podcast

The Pitfalls of Germany’s New Hate Speech Law

by Graham Webster, Niklas Kossow
Transatlantic Digital Debates 2017

Commentary

Germany’s Misguided Social Media Law Is a Minefield for US Tech

by Mirko Hohmann, Alexander Pirang
Council on Foreign Relations

Commentary

Internet Companies Cannot Be Judges of Free Speech

by Thorsten Benner, Mirko Hohmann
Politico Europe

Report

Advancing Cybersecurity Capacity Building – Implementing a Principle-Based Approach

by Mirko Hohmann, Alexander Pirang, Thorsten Benner
GPPi

Commentary

Wider das digitale Kompromat

by Thorsten Benner, Mirko Hohmann
Neue Zürcher Zeitung

Commentary

Europe in Russia’s Digital Cross Hairs

by Thorsten Benner, Mirko Hohmann
Foreign Affairs

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