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The post-COVID-19 world: GeoTech and the pandemic

Learn what the Atlantic Council GeoTech Center has done since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. 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.

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Tue, Sep 15, 2020

Open societies must create a grand strategy framework for data, sensemaking, and trust

Open societies are at a series of crossroads requiring intentional choices for the decade ahead. These choices are forced by new technologies, improvements in data capabilities, and changes in geopolitics globally. While human nature has not changed, the number of people on Earth has changed–up from 1.6 billion people on the planet in 1900, to 2.5 billion in the 1950s, to 7.8 billion in 2020.

GeoTech Cues by James Schmeling (Guest Author) and David Bray, PhD

Cybersecurity Digital Policy

Tue, Sep 15, 2020

Why data governance matters: Use, trade, intellectual property, and diplomacy

Global data and internet governance represents a scattered, multi-stakeholder, bottom-up, and driven by loose coordination among various players. Data governance can be thought of as incorporating a triangle of individuals and their privacy, nation-states and their interests, and the private sector and its profits. Its current status and prospects might be thought of along several lines of activity, which are interrelated but, for the sake of clarity and with some danger of oversimplification, are discussed in the following different sections: privacy and data use; regulating to police content; using antitrust to dilute data monopolies; self-regulation and digital trade; intellectual property rights; and digital diplomacy.

GeoTech Cues by Pari Esfandiari, PhD, Gregory F. Treverton, PhD

Cybersecurity Digital Policy

Mon, Sep 14, 2020

IDB president warns of a looming COVID debt crisis in Latin America, but also highlights opportunities

Actions taken throughout the region to control not only the pandemic, but also “the spread of poverty [and] the spread of unemployment,” have “increased debt to households, to governments, and to businesses,” Moreno explained, while the restrictions of movement and commerce imposed to curb the spread of the virus will make it more difficult for Latin American economies to cope with this debt once the initial phase of the crisis is over.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Coronavirus Future of Work

Mon, Sep 14, 2020

COVID-19 has revealed the cost of disrupted education and child care inequality

Out of this COVID-19 crisis comes the opportunity to reimagine education to better supply today’s young generation with the skills to meet the demands of an even more rapidly changing economy; and to recognize and mitigate the burdens of care, disproportionately faced by women, to increase productivity and facilitate economic participation.

New Atlanticist by Nicole Goldin, PhD

Coronavirus Future of Work

Tue, Aug 25, 2020

How Ukraine can go from brain drain to brain gain

Highly skilled Ukrainians continue to leave the country in order to further their careers. Greater efforts are required to keep this key demographic in the country for the benefit of the wider Ukrainian economy.

UkraineAlert by Anton Waschuk and Andriy Kamenetskyy

Economy & Business Education

Fri, Aug 21, 2020

Digital crossroads: How to pilot data trusts for good

While much of public discussion around data has focused solely on the debate of data privacy protection versus deregulation and economic productivity, data trusts represent legal, technology-enabled constructs that allow for more equitable ways of sharing the profits among different stakeholders. In this structure, a relationship of fiduciary responsibility would exist not only with the shareholders, but also towards the data owners and producers, and where the data economy would happen "with people" instead of "to people".

Event Recap by Borja Prado

Digital Policy Education

Thu, Aug 20, 2020

What world post COVID-19?: A conversation with Dr. Conrad Tucker

Dr. Conrad Tucker, professor of mechanical engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, explains how the pandemic is changing the conversations around higher education and emerging technologies.

Blog Post by Peter Engelke, Anca Agachi

Coronavirus Education

Tue, Aug 11, 2020

Preparing for the post-pandemic tech environment: Dr. David Bray

Dr. David Bray, the GeoTech Center's director, envisions a future where proper preparedness and a people-centered perspective will allow humanity to harness the incredible innovations anticipated in the coming years for good. On an episode of the "Futurized" podcast with Trond Undheim, PhD, David discussed this vision, and how we at the GeoTech Center are working to make it a reality.

In the News by Atlantic Council

Coronavirus Economy & Business

Thu, Jul 30, 2020

The foreign worker freeze will not solve high US unemployment

The administration’s restrictive approach to immigration cannot be attributed to the pandemic economy alone, as evidenced by sweeping measures even before COVID-19, including historically low refugee admission numbers and increased penalties for asylum seekers. The freeze will also likely do more harm than good to the US economy.

New Atlanticist by Amy Jeon

Coronavirus Future of Work

Sun, Jul 26, 2020

David Bray on #LeadersWhoCare

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."

In the News by Atlantic Council

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