Blog PostDec 19, 2019
Digital tax talks continue as trade threats rise
By Jörn Fleck, Alex Pieter Baker
Digital service taxes are one of the primary wedge issues in a larger transatlantic divide over digital policy. A tangible measure for politicians and the public alike, they could become one of the primary catalysts for the new European Commission’s quest for digital sovereignty.
Event RecapDec 6, 2019
Digital Policy Simulation – Paris, Berlin
On Tuesday, November 19, the Atlantic Council’s Transatlantic Digital Marketplace Initiative organized a running of its Digital Policy simulation in Paris. This was co-organized with the Institut Montaigne, and hosted at Linedata Services. Institut Montaigne recruited about 20 players, a mix of tech and cybersecurity experts and national security analysts. On Thursday, November 21, the […]
Blog PostOct 28, 2019
Von der Leyen, new Commission take aim at AI legislation
By Alex Baker
By legislating the use of this key technology, the European Union will likely become the leading regulator for AI, as it has for privacy with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). But the challenge for von der Leyen will be developing legislation that reflects European norms and values while also avoiding overregulation that might hinder innovation and investment.
Alex Pieter Baker is a former Project Assistant with the Future Europe Initiative. He helps coordinate the Transatlantic Digital Marketplace Initiative, which examines US and EU policy perspectives on digital matters and makes recommendations for building cooperation or ameliorating differences in this fast-growing area of the transatlantic economy. He also works on European Union politics, transatlantic relations, Germany, and elections.
Prior to joining the Future Europe Initiative, he served as Executive Assistant to the Executive Vice President at the Atlantic Council.
He holds a BA from Michigan State University’s James Madison College and a MA from Indiana University’s Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies. As an undergraduate, he spent time living in Dessau, Germany, where he interned in the office of the mayor. As a graduate student, he spent a year studying at Freie Universität Berlin.