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

Evan Yoshimoto

Project Associate

Mirko Hohmann

Non-Resident Fellow

Tim Maurer

Non-Resident Fellow

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.

For more information, please contact Wade Hoxtell.