Call for Applications 01 February 2018

Call for Applications: Transatlantic Digital Debates 2018

The Transatlantic Digital Debates (TDD) is a joint initiative of the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) and New America that brings together young professionals from Germany and the United States to work on the key challenges at the intersection of technology and policy. We are seeking 18 participants from civil society, academia, politics, media and business who are willing to engage with and challenge each other’s ideas concerning the societal implications of technological change.

The fellows will have the opportunity to discuss their ideas with leading experts and practitioners from different sectors. At the end of the program, they will have gained a broader understanding of the pressing issues defining transatlantic relations in the coming years as well as new ideas for how to tackle the respective challenges. We hope that our fellows will form a strong network of future decision-makers in the US and Germany.

Over the course of 2018, the fellows will meet for two dialogue sessions in Berlin and Munich (June 11 to 15, 2018), and in Washington, DC and Boston (October 14 to 19, 2018), respectively. Discussions will take place around three main issue areas: (1) the implications of technological change for the public sphere and democracy, (2) the digital economy and its impact on society, as well as (3) international data flows and collaboration on cybersecurity challenges.

In between and after the sessions, the TDD fellows will disseminate the results of their work through blog posts, op-eds, podcasts, and policy breakfasts.

The application deadline is March 4, 2018, at 23:59 Central European Time (CET).

Application Requirements

Interested applicants must:

  • Be a citizen of Germany or the United States;
  • Have at least three years of professional experience;
  • Be 35 or younger as of June 11, 2018;
  • Demonstrate a strong interest in internet and technology policy as well as in addressing emerging global challenges;
  • Have an outstanding academic record and excellent command of English;
  • Demonstrate commitment, motivation, and leadership;
  • Be able to attend both sessions of the program (successful candidates will be asked to provide written confirmation from their employers agreeing to the time commitment).

Please submit your application as a single PDF file.

Your application package must include:

  • Your curriculum vitae (maximum two pages; including date of birth, nationality, professional experience, academic background, language skills, and extracurricular activities);
  • A one-page letter of motivation explaining why you want to join the Transatlantic Digital Debates (please refer to instances in which you have demonstrated interest and/or professional experience in the program’s topics, and how your participation in the program would further your professional and personal development);
  • Optional: one letter of recommendation (can be sent in a separate email). 

Please send your application materials in a single PDF file to by March 4, 2018, 23:59 Central European Time (CET). Interested applicants (and their employers) are welcome to contact the program team with questions at the email address above.

The selection process will be administered by GPPi in close consultation with New America and the steering committee. The applications of short-listed candidates will be sent to the steering committee for final selection. Successful candidates will be notified by April 15, 2018 at the latest.

Please note that we are not able to discuss unsuccessful applications.

The program will pay for travel, accommodation, and meals. Each fellow must pay a one-time participation fee of €200.

The Transatlantic Digital Debates are generously supported by the Transatlantic Program of the German Federal Government, with funding from the European Recovery Program (ERP) of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. Additional support is provided by IBM, Microsoft, and the Bertelsmann Foundation North America.

For futher information, please visit the Transatlantic Digital Debates site.

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Cyber Mercenaries: The State, Hackers, and Power

by Tim Maurer
Cambridge University Press

Report 16 January 2018

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Podcast 19 July 2017

The Pitfalls of Germany’s New Hate Speech Law

by Graham Webster, Niklas Kossow
Transatlantic Digital Debates 2017

Commentary 29 June 2017

Lessons From the Lex Facebook Defeat

by Thorsten Benner
Handelsblatt Global

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

by Mirko Hohmann, Alexander Pirang
Council on Foreign Relations