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Event Recap February 10, 2021

Event recap | The geopolitics of emerging tech during the pandemic

By the GeoTech Center

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Event description

Corporations and governments alike continue to struggle with technology policy, especially under the strain of a global pandemic that struck at a moment when the internet was mature enough to alleviate many of COVID’s harms despite facing novel geopolitical challenges to its design and use at the same time. These turbulences have not just tested every facet of the digital world and its ability to handle crises but also altered international relations significantly. Many countries are at a crossroad when it comes to emerging technologies and security during a global pandemic.

On this episode of the GeoTech Hour on Wednesday, February 10, experts shared insights on lessons learned, ongoing challenges, and requisite next steps that can be taken when considering the intersection of geopolitics, modern technologies, and COVID-19 pandemic.

To take a closer look at previous work on transatlantic tech relationships, check out the recap of the partially public, partially private virtual event  held by the Embassy of Finland and the Atlantic Council GeoTech Center in December.


Divya Chander, PhD MD
Nonresident Senior Fellow, GeoTech Center
Atlantic Council

Charina Chou, PhD
Global Policy Lead for Emerging Technologies

Andrea Little Limbago, PhD
Vice President, Research and Analysis 
Interos Inc.  

Antti Niemela
Head of Section for Sustainable Growth and Commerce
Embassy of Finland in Washington, D.C.  

Hosted by

David Bray, PhD
Director, GeoTech Center
Atlantic Council

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Related Experts: David Bray, Divya Chander, and Andrea Little Limbago