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. How and to which end these data-driven technologies are used is determined by political, corporate, societal, and individual choices. With two billion new – mostly non-Western – users expected to go online in the coming years, the political and economic stakes are rising. Contests over global rules for technologies and data transfer will only continue to heat up. We aim to contribute toward sound political, corporate, and societal choices through research, policy advice, and the fostering of strategic communities.


Internet Governance: Past, Present, and Future

The free and open model of the internet is under serious threat. What do these challenges mean for the future of internet governance?


How European Internet Foreign Policy Can Compete in a Fragmented World

Europe should strengthen its narrative about the democratic rule of law online. That includes pointing to the costs of the authoritarian approach.


Front, Back, and Trap Doors: Refocusing the Encryption Debate

Demands that public authorities be legally granted access to encrypted data are neither expedient nor desirable.


Thorsten Benner


Wade Hoxtell

Head of Operations

Alexander Pirang

Non-Resident Fellow

Mirko Hohmann

Non-Resident Fellow

Amanda Kraley

Research Associate

Isabel Skierka

Non-Resident Fellow

Funding and Contact

Our Transatlantic Digital Debates dialogue program, conducted together with New America’s Open Technology Institute, is 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 Microsoft.

For more information, please contact Wade Hoxtell.

Transatlantic Digital Debates 2022

Digitalization is radically transforming our societies, creating new opportunities as well as regulatory challenges. There is a need to work toward a better understanding of these developments and define new global rules and standards that enable us to jointly shape our digital futures. 

The Transatlantic Digital Debates (TDD) are a joint initiative of GPPi and New America’s Open Technology Institute. It brings together 18 German and American young professionals to work on challenges at the intersection of tech and policy. Over the course of 2022, participants will meet for two week-long sessions to engage in problem-oriented dialogue on key issues related to online platform regulation, data governance and more.

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