The GeoTech Center is being established at a critical time when new technologies and data are poised to significantly impact and shape freedom, prosperity and peace globally. Moreover, the GeoTech Center will champion positive paths forward that policymakers, business leaders and civil society can pursue to positively adapt societies and markets to the evolving tech world. The Center’s mission will be to encourage global tech collaboration, evaluate tech policy alternatives and provide understanding and analysis of global tech competition.

As part of the new Center, the Atlantic Council is also establishing a GeoTech Commission, which will study the trajectories of technological change and what US and global policies can ensure the best outcomes. The Commission will feature a select group of prominent leaders from the private sector, academia and government to illuminate how new and emerging technologies—including data and machine learning, biotechnology, quantum computing, green energy, and health information technology—can play a role in strengthening open societies for the decades ahead. The Commission’s Honorary Co-Chairs include US Senators Mark Warner (D-VA) and Robert Portman (R-OH), and US Representatives Suzan DelBene (D-WA-1) and Michael McCaul (R-TX-10).

The day will feature discussions with the GeoTech Center’s founding partners and members of the Commission, focused on why GeoTech matters and how the Center can promote collaboration and develop common frameworks for action for the data- and technology-induced changes of the 21st century.

Please join us online for the launch of the GeoTech Center and Commission on Wednesday, March 11 at 11:00 am.

Please note that this event will be on-the-record.

11:00 – 11:05 a.m.Welcome and Introductions

Frederick KempePresident and CEO, Atlantic Council
11:05 – 11:10 a.m.Remarks from GeoTech Commission Honorary Co-Chair

US Representative Michael McCaul (R-TX)
11:10 – 11:15 a.m.Remarks from GeoTech Commission Co-Chair

John Goodman, Chief Executive, Accenture Federal Services
11:15 – 11:20 a.m.Welcome from GeoTech Center Director and Introduce Panels

David BrayDirector, GeoTech Center, Atlantic Council
11:20 – 12:15 p.m.How GeoTech Impacts the Future of Work and Data

Paul Daugherty, Group Chief Executive-Technology and Chief Technology Officer, Accenture

Ramayya Krishnan, Director, Block Center for Technology and Society, Carnegie Mellon University

Shannon Kellogg, Vice President, AWS Public Policy – Americas, Amazon Web Services

Moderated by Carolina Ferrerosa Young, Policy Advisor, Future of Work, Office of US Senator Mark Warner
12:15 – 1:10 p.m.How GeoTech Impacts Supply Chains and Economies of Trust

Jane Holl Lute, President and CEO, SICPA North America

Matthew Putman, Co-Founder and CEO, Nanotronics

David BrayDirector, GeoTech Center, Atlantic Council

Moderated by Kathryn Newcomer, Director, Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration, George Washington University
1:10 – 1:15 p.m.Closing Remarks

Frederick KempePresident and CEO, Atlantic Council
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New Atlanticist

Mar 11, 2020

Setting a roadmap to achieve “Tech for Good”

By David A. Wemer

“We are witnessing a remarkable change in our society, driven by technology advances,” that are permeating the global economy, societies, and the personal lives of people around the world, US Representative Michael McCaul (R-TX) said on March 11. The rapid pace of technological change and the importance it is having at every level of society means “it is only right that we in Congress and the private sector come together to try to drive policies that will enable this revolution, while protecting our shared values of privacy and intellectual property rights,” McCaul argued.

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The GeoTech Center champions positive paths forward that societies can pursue to ensure new technologies and data empower people, prosperity, and peace.