Post-Covid-19

On 11 March 2020 the Atlantic Council GeoTech Center officially launched with the focused mission of: Championing positive paths forward that nations, economies, and societies can pursue to ensure new technologies and data empower people, prosperity, and peace.

That same day, COVID-19 was declared an official pandemic. Since then the Center has focused on connecting tech and data efforts across sectors and across nations to ensure we emerge from the pandemic stronger post-COVID-19 together. The work of the GeoTech Center is focused on bridging industry and governmental efforts across sectors and nations in five key areas.

Please view our video recaps. Read our analyses. Glean insights on how tech, data, and leadership can ensure the world gets through the pandemic and we build a better post-COVID-19 world together.

  • Future of Work and Augmenting Human Activities
  • Future of Data and Artificial Intelligence
  • Future of Trust and Next-Generation Supply Chains
  • Future of Space and Commercialization of Space Activities
  • Future of Health and Biotechnology Endeavors

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Analyses

Over the next several months, the Atlantic Council will convene the GeoTech Commission – specifically the Commission on the Geopolitical Impacts of New Technologies and Data – that includes distinguished leaders from the United States Congress, global industry, and highly respected academia. The Commission will recommend pragmatic, actionable projects the United States and its Allies can do that benefit people, prosperity, and peace globally, especially with the post-COVID-19 recovery.

Encouraging Data Trusts for Good

Remedying the Global Food Crisis

Towards Global Pandemic Prevention

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Assisting the COVID-19 recovery:

  • Encouraging the use of “Data Trusts for Good as a way to overcome the challenges of sufficient data to address the COVID-19 crisis and inform the long-term recovery and global rebuilding without becoming a surveillance state. Data Trusts can inform COVID-19 recovery activities of all types and be used to train AI and algorithms in a way that ensures proprietary data is protected, personal data is protected, and data is deleted after a certain point. Working with industry and government partners, the Atlantic Council can help oversee COVID-19 Data Trusts.
  • Galvanizing activities to remedy the Global Food Crisis resulting from COVID-19. Though some nations and regions have been faster to respond then others, there still is a looming global food crisis and a challenge of logistics and distribution. There is also a concern that some more authoritarian or unstable regions of the world may intentionally deprive groups of food, which is not moral or right. Technology and data can make sure the food that is available to people who need it – as well as work to address food currently being destroyed because it cannot get to market instead reaches those who need it. We must work together to avoid the destabilizing effects that regional famines could bring to the world.
  • Launching a Global Pandemic Prevention Board to field technologies necessary to autonomously detect and respond to future pandemics – be they natural or human-caused. This is necessary because there might be a second wave of COVID-19. Also as we approach a future where personalized medicine is possible, so is personalized poison, so we will need ways to detect, characterize, and mitigate future bio-threats. The Board would field technologies to do globally as a part of an “Immune System for the Planet” which could also enhanced early warning and preparedness relative to other global destabilizing events, such as environmental and ecological change, pollution, and other events that impact us all.

Additional Analyses

Timeline

The Atlantic Council GeoTech Center champions positive paths forward that nations, economies, and societies can pursue to ensure new technologies and data empower people, increase prosperity, and secure peace.

Working across sectors and nations as part of the COVID-19 response and recovery, the GeoTech Center also encourages global tech collaborations, evaluates good tech choices as well as measurable policy alternatives, and educates world leaders and the public on issues related to global tech competition during our period of turbulence. We can, and we must, build a better post-COVID-19 world together.

Cool Timeline

Reaching consensus on the future of data

October 28

At the October 2019 AIWorld Government conference, Dr. David Bray, Director of the Atlantic Council's GeoTech Center, presented a vision for a more equitable and democratic internet environment in the future.

People-centered design principles for AI implementation

February 21

At an event hosted by MIT's Sloan Management Review, Dr. David Bray, Director of the Atlantic Council's GeoTech Center, and Mr. R "Ray" Wang of Constellation Research discussed how organizations can adopt AI in a people-centered manner.

Atlantic Council launches GeoTech Center and Commission

March 11

The Atlantic Council today launched the GeoTech Center, whose role will be to provide greater understanding of emerging technologies and to develop strategies and policies to ensure the use of “technology for good” among individuals, societies and the international community.

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Setting a roadmap to achieve “Tech for Good”

March 11

“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.

Tech cooperation at a precarious junction

March 14

The first roundtable of the series was held in Paris and brought together high-level delegations from the United States, China, and Europe for a wide-ranging discussion on emerging technologies.

Europe’s third way

March 14

The Atlantic Council's endeavor to evaluate the implications of modern technologies for society and politics continued in Brussels, where the event was co-hosted by the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS).

The price of great power politics

March 14

Unlike previous gatherings where a majority of participants represented government institutions, the roundtable in Germany brought together business- and private-sector representatives. Together with policy experts, they discussed the emergence of new technologies, the rise of China, and the implications of a global AI race.

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The dangers of decoupling

March 14

Two roundtables in Beijing and a third one in Shanghai brought together leaders from government, civil society, academia, and think tanks to discuss China's role as a global citizen, the country's use and development of artificial intelligence, and the implications of modern technologies for international relations.

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Pandemic Survival Strategies: A leadership guide for organizations wanting to weather the COVID-19 storm

March 24

This guide is about good leadership in turbulent environments. If we act smart and if we are willing to invest in each other, we may all come out of this situation faster -- and potentially stronger.

What lessons can we learn about COVID-19 from responding to other outbreaks?

March 24

On March 16, 2020 -- the Atlantic Council GeoTech Center Director, David Bray, did a live video discussion with Singularity University on the topic of "What Lessons Can We Learn About COVID-19 From Responding to Other Outbreaks?"

How can tech help with crisis responses?

March 30

On March 26, 2020 -- Matthew Putman, CEO Nanotronics and Director David Bray, Atlantic Council GeoTech Center Director participated in a live video discussion hosted by Michael Krigsman, Founder of CxOTalk on "How Tech Can Help With Crisis Responses?"

How can data science help with crisis response and COVID-19?

March 30

On March 27, 2020 -- Anthony Scriffignano, Chief Data Scientist at Dun and Bradstreet and Director David Bray, Atlantic Council GeoTech Center Director participated in a live video discussion hosted by Michael Krigsman, Founder of CxOTalk on "How Can Data Science Help With Crisis Responses?"

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Skoll World Forum Session: Using data for good in the fight against COVID-19

March 30

When: April 01, 2020 from 12:15-1:15pm EDT (-4 GMT) Where: Hosted on the Atlantic Council website What: Skoll World Forum Session “Using Data For Good in the Fight Against COVID-19” - Presented by the Atlantic Council GeoTech Center and Public Democracy.

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Getting ahead of the crisis: Global food security during COVID-19

April 1

Much has been written about the economic consequences of lockdown policies; less attention, however, has been paid to emerging issues like food security in the age of a global pandemic. A topic that is certainly a crucial issue because COVID-19 is also a crisis of logistics – whether it is with regard to necessary medical equipment, labor availability, or food supplies.

Getting ahead of the crisis: COVID-19’s impact on societies, economies, tech, data, and geopolitics

April 1

On March 31, 2020 -- Bob Gourley, Co-Founder of OODAloop and Director David Bray, Atlantic Council GeoTech Center Director participated in a video discussion on COVID-19's impact on societies, economies, tech, data, and geopolitics.

Video recap: Using data for good in the fight against COVID-19

April 1

On April 01, 2020 - Eric Sapp, CEO of Public Democracy and David Bray, PhD, Atlantic Council GeoTech Center Director emceed a live video discussion on "Using Data for Good in the Fight Against COVID-19". The two panels included leading data experts from the Atlantic Council GeoTech Center, Public Democracy, Dun & Bradstreet, The Ad Council, LiveRamp, Splunk, Datavant, and Singularity University some of whom are working with the World Health Organization.

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We can build an immune system for the planet

April 6

Our approaches for pathogen detection & antigen development are too slow. Using high-speed computers, biosensors, and the Internet, we can universalize and automate the process for pathogen detection and antigen development, such that we can automatically sense an abnormal pathogen and immediately start synthesizing in a computer’s memory techniques to mitigate it. Once an abnormal pathogen is detected, we can automate the antigen development (e.g., phages, e. coli that eat other e. coli, and more) to have a solution ready much faster for possible use than conventional means. We can build an auto-immune system for the planet.

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GeoTech and smart partnerships: potential AI & China futures

April 6

The Atlantic Council is honored to partner with the Rockefeller Foundation via a grant focused on data and AI efforts by China around the world. We started these activities in the middle of 2019 and they were part of a bigger plan to launch the new Atlantic Council GeoTech Center in 2020 – focused on the geopolitics of new technologies and advances in data.

Addressing the procurement mismatch of necessary equipment during COVID-19

April 8

On April 08, 2020 -- Nova Spivack, Co-Founder of Valence Medical and and David Bray, Atlantic Council GeoTech Center Director participated in a video discussion centered around "Addressing the Procurement Mismatch of Necessary Equipment During COVID-19".

Getting ahead of the crisis: How the post-COVID era will reshape societies, economies, and geopolitics

April 8

On April 08, 2020 -- Bob Gourley, Co-Founder of OODAloop and Director David Bray, Atlantic Council GeoTech Center Director participated in a video discussion on how the post-COVID era will reshape societies, economies, and geopolitics.

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Pandemic may replace the nation-state: But with what?

April 9

Ultimately, while the world responds to COVID-19, a key question for world leaders is whether 2020 be the year that COVID-19 re-empowered national sovereignty—or is it the year that nation-states proved ineffective in responding to the pandemic, and citizens from around the world opted instead for something different that spans geography?

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5G’s geopolitics solvable by improving routing protocols vs. modern threats

April 9

Having performed a deeper dive over the last few months into the issues surrounding 5G, the GeoTech Center proposes to world policymakers that the geopolitical tensions associated with 5G, as well as other geopolitical cybersecurity-related concerns, can be solved by improving routing protocols against modern threats.

Video recap: Technology and pandemics, challenges and opportunities

April 13

On April 10, 2020 - His Excellency Omar Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, United Arab Emirates, shared his perspectives on "Technology and pandemics: Challenges and opportunities" as part of a live video discussion moderated by Frederick Kempe, President and CEO of the Atlantic Council.

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Expert survey series: COVID-19’s potential impact on global technology and data innovation

April 13

Atlantic Council’s GeoTech Center submitted a questionnaire to more than 100 technology experts to record their expectations about the impact of COVID-19 on innovation in five key fields: the future of work, data and AI, trust and supply chains, space commercialization, and health and medicine.

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Tech, data, and leadership: pandemic geopolitics and recovery post-COVID

April 13

When: Wed, 22 April 11:00-12:00pm EDT Where: Co-hosted by the Atlantic Council GeoTech Center and WEBIT Virtual What: A virtual roundtable discussion on "the Coronavirus Crisis, Tech Innovation, and associated Geopolitical Impact" to include what tech innovators and world leaders can do re: the long-term global recovery.

Connecting the unconnected for education, health, and employment

April 16

On April 08, 2020 -- Vint Cerf, Google's Chief Evangelist; Bill Callahan, National Digital Inclusion Alliance; Samantha Schartman-Cycyk, Marconi Society; Lin Wells, People Centered Internet; and David Bray, Director Atlantic Council GeoTech Center a live video discussion centered around "Connecting the Unconnected".

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Can tech companies embody global values and ride to the rescue?

April 16

Tech companies have the resources to help us better manage this pandemic. If you are a leader of tech company today, what could be of greater benefit to your company than a healthy population, a revitalized global economy, and new international capabilities to fight this crisis, and the next one?

Video recap: Why data trusts could help us better respond and rebuild from COVID-19 globally

April 16

On April 15, 2020 - Lord Tim Clement-Jones and Dame Wendy Hall shared perspectives on "Why data trusts could help us better respond and rebuild from COVID-19 globally" as part of a live video discussion moderated by David Bray, PhD, Atlantic Council GeoTech Center Director on the role of Data Trusts in the global response to and recovery from COVID-19.

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COVID-19 might accelerate or change previous AI adoption strategies

April 17

The COVID-19 pandemic may be a force that changes how the economies of the United States, Canada, and members of the European Union all use AI. Because of serious supply chain problems in Asia, many firms will restructure complex supplier networks or make them more redundant. In many cases, this will mean building up their use of AI and machine learning in home-nation plants.

Video recap: What technologies, investments, and policy actions could help us rebuild from COVID-19 on a global scale

April 17

On April 16, 2020 - Dr. David Brin and Dr. Kathryn Newcomer shared perspectives on "What technologies, investments, and policy actions could help us rebuild from COVID-19 on a global scale" as part of a live video discussion moderated by Dr. David Bray, Atlantic Council GeoTech Center Director.

Video recap: Strategic standards now, so people can return to work soon

April 21

On April 20, 2020 - Dame Wendy Hall, Declan Kiranne, Jay Williams, Daniella Taveau, and John Ackerly shared perspectives on "Strategic standards now, so people can return to work soon" as part of a live video discussion moderated by Dr. David Bray, Atlantic Council GeoTech Center Director.

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Earth Day 2020 call for action: Mitigating the global food crises associated with COVID-19

April 21

At the beginning of April, the Atlantic Council GeoTech Center published an data-driven analysis examining “Global food security during COVID-19”. This follow-up report dives into three specific food security concerns informed by that data and presents three solutions that world leaders can implement now to get ahead of the negative impacts of COVID-19 on the global food supply.

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Design choices of Central Bank Digital Currencies will transform digital payments and geopolitics

April 23

In this analysis, the Atlantic Council GeoTech Center examines the geopolitical implications of Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs) and calls for the United States to lead on setting standards for CBDC and financial technology.

Video recap: The role of tech, data, and leadership in pandemic geopolitics and recovery post-COVID

April 23

On April 22, 2020 - Vint Cerf, Sue Gordon, Melissa Flagg, Terry Halvorsen shared perspectives on "Pandemic geopolitics and recovery post-COVID" as part of a live video discussion moderated by David Bray, PhD, Atlantic Council GeoTech Center Director on the role of tech, data, and leadership in the global response to and recovery from COVID-19.

Foresight and democracy during a period of growing polarization, turbulence, and misinformation

April 28

On April 23, 2020 -- Sheila Ronis, Leon Fuerth, Lin Wells, and David Bray held a live virtual roundtable on the topic of "Foresight and Democracy During a Period of Growing Polarization, Turbulence, and Misinformation?"

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Expert survey series: COVID-19, technological innovation, and the future of societies

April 28

In order to understand future trends in technology and geopolitics, a group of experts was polled about how COVID-19 and technological innovation will shape the future of societies and their respective forms of government.

Video recap: Future of data and AI in space

April 30

On April 29, 2020 - Fredrik Bruhn, Amy Webb, Paul Jurasin, Anthony Scriffignano shared perspectives on "Future of data and AI in space" as part of a live video discussion moderated by David Bray, PhD, Atlantic Council GeoTech Center Director on how commercial space efforts are being changed by advances in data and AI capabilities, to include satellites and other efforts in Earth’s orbit and beyond.

Video recap: How we can achieve both healthy communities and economic renewal

April 30

On April 30, 2020 - Mona Nemer, Chief Science Advisor to Canada’s Prime Minister, Minister of Science and Cabinet; Philippe Gillet, Chief Scientific Officer and Economy of Trust Lead - SICPA; Luukas Ilves, Head of Strategy - Guardtime; Daniella Taveau, Principal at Bold Text Strategies; and Declan Kirrane, Managing Director - Intelligence in Science shared perspectives on "How we can achieve both healthy communities and economic renewal" as part of a live video discussion moderated by David Bray, PhD, Atlantic Council GeoTech Center Director on the key issues for a safe pathway that advances both healthy communities and economy renewal…Read More

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Major takeaways on how we can achieve both healthy communities and economic renewal

May 1

On Thursday, April 30, 2020 at 8:00am EDT, the Atlantic Council’s GeoTech Center hosted a panel of experts to explore “How We Can Achieve Both Healthy Communities and Economic Renewal”. The panel included Mona Nemer, chief science advisor to Canada’s Prime Minister; Philippe Gillet, chief scientific officer with SICPA; Luukas Ilves, head of strategy with Guardtime; Daniella Taveau, principal of Bold Text Strategies; and Declan Kirrane, the managing director of ISC Intelligence in Science.

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Video: Public service remains the essential undertaking that brings communities together

May 6

Here at the Atlantic Council, we recognize that working to benefit people, prosperity, and peace for all globally requires committed public servants. Being a committed public servant can be especially hard in today’s world.

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Video: Why COVID-19 requires both industry and nations to transform how they collaborate

May 6

On May 01, 2020 - Vala Afshar, Ray Wang, and David Bray, PhD shared perspectives on "Why COVID-19 requires industry and nations to transform how they collaborate" as part of a live video discussion on the transformative nature of the pandemic and post-COVID-19 era ahead.

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Major takeaways on strategic standards now, so people can return to work soon

May 11

On Monday, April 20, 2020 at 12:30pm EDT, the Atlantic Council’s GeoTech Center hosted a panel of experts in the fields of health science, digital technologies, workplace law, and data privacy. The panel included Dame Wendy Hall, a nonresident senior fellow at the GeoTech Center; Declan Kirrane, the managing director of ISC Intelligence in Science; Jay Williams, chief technology officer at the Quantum Materials Corporation; Daniella Taveau, principal of Bold Text Strategies; and John Ackerly, the chief executive officer of Virtru. Dr. David Bray, Director for GeoTech Center, moderated the discussion.

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We can get through this COVID-19 pandemic together: Here is how

May 11

Here at the Atlantic Council, we recognize that working to benefit people, prosperity, and peace for all globally requires committed public servants. A year ago in 2019, Dr. Greg Treverton and Dr. Molly Jahn, as well as (the would be future GeoTech Center Director) Dr. David Bray, and other authors released the result of a year-long study that analyzed the impact of numerous long-term trends in the United States' government workforce over a period of two decades.

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Expert survey series: Societal and geopolitical changes in a post-COVID-19 world

May 13

In the third installment of biweekly surveys sent from the Atlantic Council’s Geotech Center to a community of technology experts, we analyze how respondents believe COVID-19 and national responses to it will shape economies and societies.

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We can strengthen the global food system: Here is how

May 13

The world recently has experienced large-scale collapse of bread-basket food sources, multiple areas of humanitarian crises, price spikes causing rapid destabilization of national governments, and, with the COVID-19 pandemic, global food supply chain disruptions and food shortages throughout the world.

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We can more rapidly respond to future waves of COVID-19 and pandemics: Here is how

May 16

The world needs a global Pandemic Prevention Board focused on building an "Immune System for the Planet", as described in early April by the GeoTech Center by Dr. David Bray and then highlighted in a CNBC article by Atlantic Council CEO Fred Kempe on why tech companies can -- and should -- build a global quick response system to prevent future pandemics.

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Going deeper: Central Bank Digital Currencies and how best to design them to benefit everyone

May 25

On May 19, 2020 - Lisa Pollina, Gabriel Abed, George Bachiashvili, Shane Glynn, Aditi Kuma shared perspectives on "The digital dollar: Do we need it and how do we build it?" as part of a live video discussion moderated by Michael Greenwald. The discussion focused what exactly is a digital dollar? How would it work, how could it best be designed, and who would manage it?

Dr. David Bray: COVID-19 is the great disruption accelerator

May 26

Dr. David Bray, Director of the Atlantic Council's GeoTech Center discussed on the Business Learning Institute's Future Proof podcast that today's challenging moment also presents immense opportunity for transformation and the introduction of changes society has long needed.

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Going deeper: Mobilizing industry to encourage multi-sector solutions to global concerns

May 30

On May 21, 2020 - Daryl Haegley, Yusuf Abdul-Qadir, Melissa Flagg, Lee McKnight, Mary Collins, Lin Wells, Divya Chander, MD, PhD shared perspectives on "Mobilizing industry to encourage multi-sector solutions to address emergent global concerns" as part of a live video discussion moderated by David Bray, PhD, Atlantic Council GeoTech Center Director. The discussion focused on new ways of addressing the COVID-19 pandemic and application of multi-sector industry solutions to current and potential future pandemics.

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Video: How tech, data and geopolitics impact food

May 30

On May 28, 2020 - Daniella Taveau, Dr. Molly Jahn, and Dr. David Bray, PhD, Atlantic Council GeoTech Center Director shared a discussion on how tech, data and geopolitics impact food. The discussion focused on how these vulnerabilities have existed for sometime and how the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated these issues, amplifying existing instabilities, inequities, and insecurities, and will continue to do so unless action is taken to address problems in the food system.

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Expert survey series: Supply chains and the effects of COVID-19, geopolitics, and technological innovation

June 1

For the fourth installment of the GeoTech Center’s expert survey series, we asked a range of business leaders and tech experts how COVID-19 has impacted their industry’s or enterprise’s supply chains. Significant shortages of personal protective equipment and tests have plagued hospitals, and many countries’ dependence on China quickly became evident in the initial rush to obtain supplies. Food supply chains have also been significantly disrupted--for instance, infection rates at meat packing plants are five-times greater than those in similar geographies.

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Shared humanity amid times of turbulence

June 1

This post is a call for those who have positive solutions to address these issues to reach out to the Center; we are here to amplify your voice. Please reach out to us. This post is also to re-commit the Center to six concrete actions during this time of turbulence that were already implicit to our mission and we wanted to make publicly explicit.

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Data Salon Series, Episode 1: Notice, Consent, and Disclosure in Times of Crisis

June 5

On Wednesday, May 27, 2020, the Atlantic Council’s GeoTech Center and Accenture hosted Dr. Jennifer King, Director of Consumer Privacy at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School, and Ms. Jana Gooth, legal policy advisor to MEP Alexandra Geese, for the inaugural episode of the jointly presented Data Salon Series. The event was co-hosted by Mr. Steven Tiel, Senior Principle, Responsible Innovation at Accenture and Dr. David Bray, Inaugural Director, GeoTech Center at the Atlantic Council.

Artificial intelligence principles: Avoiding catastrophe

June 10

An urgent challenge for the coming decade is to forge a global consensus to operationalize widely-shared ethical principles, standards, and norms to govern the development and use of artificial intelligence.

DisrupTV Special Edition: PM Malcolm Turnbull discusses

June 16

In a special edition of the DisrupTV series, Mr. Vala Afshar and Mr. R "Ray" Wang hosted Dr. David Bray, director of the Atlantic Council's GeoTech Center, alongside two GeoTech Center Fellows: former Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Turnbull, and Mrs. Lucy Turnbull, former Lord Mayor of Sydney.

Central bank digital currency can contribute to financial inclusion but cannot solve its root causes

June 16

In Part II of the Central Bank Digital Currency Series series, the GeoTech Center and guest author Nikhil Raghuveera examine how CBDCs can contribute to financial inclusion in a post-COVID-19 world.

Event recap: New approaches to trust in manufacturing

June 23

On Tuesday, June 16, 2020, the Atlantic Council’s GeoTech Center and Nanotronics hosted Dr. Joseph Bonivel Jr., Subject Matter Expert at the US Department of Defense, Mr. Donald Codling, President of Codling Group International, Dr. Andrea Little Limbago, Vice President of Research and Analysis at Interos Inc., and Ms. Roberta Stempfley, Director of the CERT Division at Carnegie Mellon University, for a virtual private round table about the future of trust in manufacturing. The event was co-hosted by Mr. Matthew Putman, Cofounder and CEO of Nanotronics, and Dr. David Bray, Director of the GeoTech Center at the Atlantic Council.

Event recap: Can technology help build a shock-resistant planet?

June 25

On June 17, 2020, Columbia University’s Earth Institute gathered a panel to discuss ideas for building a shock-resistant planet as part of the Sustain What series.

Data Salon Series, Episode 2: Could Better Technology Protect Privacy when a Crisis Requires Enhanced Knowledge?

June 25

On Wednesday, May 27, 2020, the Atlantic Council’s GeoTech Center and Accenture hosted Dr. Jennifer King, Director of Consumer Privacy at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School, and Ms. Jana Gooth, legal policy advisor to MEP Alexandra Geese, for the inaugural episode of the jointly presented Data Salon Series. The event was co-hosted by Mr. Steven Tiel, Senior Principle, Responsible Innovation at Accenture and Dr. David Bray, Inaugural Director, GeoTech Center at the Atlantic Council.

AI, an accelerator of change?

June 26

Two digital roundtables with India brought together high-level experts to discuss the challenges, opportunities, and geopolitics of emerging technologies in the South Asian country. While the first focused on AI and health, the second centered on Sino-Indian relations.

Can AI and emerging tech boost African development?

July 1

The final roundtable of the Smart Partnerships Series focused on the African continent and how AI as well as other emerging technologies can be harnessed there for good.

We can increase public participation in data and avoid surveillance states: Here is how

July 1

The world needs a collective effort to gather and share data to steer society and nations back to full operations, and to provide early indicators and warnings of future pandemics. Current methods for accessing data owned by public and private institutions and private citizens today are not able to guide COVID-19 recovery. The new data access frameworks in this initiative can succeed while strengthening societal welfare, prosperity, and peace around the world.

Research and development still key to competitiveness: But for whom?

July 3

The decade ahead must be spurred on by a new “Sputnik moment” for the United States to inspire new focus on research and development funding and initiatives to bolster the STEM workforce, while understanding the changing market dynamics connecting funding, innovation, and competitive advantage for open societies.

Event recap: Actionable steps in turbulent times

July 13

On Tuesday, June 23, 2020, the Atlantic Council’s GeoTech Center hosted a panel discussion moderated by David Bray, PhD, to discuss potential solutions to the supply chain threat.

Event recap: Increasing resilience by assuring trust in medicine, credentials, and supply chains

July 13

On Thursday, June 18, 2020, the Atlantic Council’s GeoTech Center hosted Mr. Yves Daccord, Former Director General of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Dr. Philippe Gillet, Chief Scientific Officer of SICPA, Mr. Toomas Hendrik Ilves, The former President of the Republic of Estonia, Dr. Idris Guessous, Head of the Division of Primary Care Medicine at the University Hospitals of Geneva, Mr. Peter Rashish, Senior Fellow and Director of the Geoeconomics Program at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies, Ms. Danielle Tavino, VP and Co-Founder of Code-X, and Dr. Divya Chander, Faculty Chair Neuroscience at Singularity University.

Event recap: Making space available for everyone

July 14

On Wednesday, July 8, 2020, the GeoTech Center and Amazon Web Services (AWS) jointly hosted a public live event, "Space Salon: Making Space Available for Everyone." In a panel discussion co-moderated by Dr. David Bray, Director of the Geotech Center, and Shayn Hawthorne, Senior Manager at AWS, specialists from across the space industry discussed approaches to making tools and data in space accessible to players of all sizes.

COVID-19 highlights how we need better internet access everywhere

July 16

Ray Wang, CEO and founder of a Silicon Valley-based advisory firm Constellation Research, and Vala Afshar of ZDNet invited GeoTech Center Commissioner Vint Cerf, GeoTech Center Director Dr. David Bray, and other distinguished guests to join their weekly show DisrupTV.

Welcoming our GeoTech Fellows

July 21

Introducing the growing cohort of GeoTech Fellows. Our fellows are #ChangeAgents providing expertise and tackling the most pressing problems in technology and data.

Meet a Fellow: Nikhil Raghuveera

July 22

Fellows are an integral part of the GeoTech Center’s mission, providing experience in a variety of fields and a wide array of perspectives and expertise. The Meet a Fellow Series will regularly share presentations by GeoTech Center Fellows on ongoing research they are carrying out that aligns with the Center’s focus. The goal of this […]

Event recap: Identifying and fixing disruptions to the global food system

July 22

On Thursday, July 16, 2020, the GeoTech Center a discussion about food security and creating a disruption-proof agricultural industry. The panel, moderated by Dr. David Bray, Director of the Atlantic Council’s GeoTech Center, considered the current weaknesses in the global food landscape, both within developing countries and more developed economies as well as what could be done to fix such issues.

Reimagining data weaponized against oppressed communities

July 23

Data has been weaponized against marginalized communities. Now, it must be transformed to be a force for good.

Dr. David Bray: Are we ready for AI?

July 27

Dr. David Bray, Director of the Atlantic Council's GeoTech Center, explained on an October 2018 episode of the Device Squad podcast that the overwhelming power of AI combined with the public's lack of concern for it could cause disaster in the absence of policy intervention.

The evolution of misinformation in an expanding media landscape

July 27

Dr. David Bray, Director of the Atlantic Council's GeoTech Center, and other expert panelists considered the changing landscape of misinformation on an episode DisrupTV hosted by Mr. R "Ray" Wang and Mr. Vala Afshar of Constellation Research.

The pursuit of a people-centered Internet through artificial intelligence

July 27

Dr. David Bray, the Director of the Atlantic Council's GeoTech Center, spoke on the Alldus's AI In Action podcast series on the current state of the Internet and how it can be reshaped using AI to create a people-centered ecosystem that benefits everyone.

“Instrumenting the planet:” Dr. David Bray discusses Internet of Things with AIPCA

July 27

With so many devices providing so much data on individuals all across the world, Dr. Bray emphasized the need for new, intentionally designed infrastructure for managing and accounting for the data produced by the IoT in a discussion with Jeff May of AICPA. In line with the GeoTech Center's mission, Dr. Bray asserted that the goal of any new data and IoT management regimen should be to propel society towards a greater level of transparency and participation, empowering individuals with data rather than enveloping them in a surveillance state.

A people-centered approach to AI and big data

July 27

According to Dr. David Bray, Director of the Atlantic Council's GeoTech Center, the next decade of digital development promises to bring about even more unfathomable transformation through the wide-scale implementation of AI and Internet of Things devices.

Bridging the digital divide

July 27

Alongside Dr. Linton Wells II of George Mason University, Dr. Bray laid out practical ways for individuals, governments, and companies to address the digital divide on an episode of the STEMTalks podcast.

Nikhil Raghuveera in Cointelegraph: China and US must learn from one another and collaborate on Central Bank Digital Currency

July 30

Mr. Nikhil Raghuveera, a GeoTech Center Nonresident Fellows, was recently featured as a guest author in Cointelegraph, a digital publication focused on the future of money. In his article, Mr. Raghuveera discussed Central Bank Digital Currencies in continuation of his previous research for the Atlantic Council.

David Bray on #LeadersWhoCare

July 30

Dr. David Bray was recently interviewed on the the #LeadersWhoCare video series by Matt Sadovnick. As Mr. Sadovnick explained, "Leading transformation in novel, often messy, chaotic situations requiring both new business models and successful strategies to deliver intelligent, reasoned results." Despite his extensive experience Dr. Bray reiterated that what makes him a great leader is his capacity to learn from others: "I don't have all the answers, but I'm willing to ask the interesting questions and learn from others."

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