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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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Thu, Oct 22, 2020

A razor’s edge between protection and protectionism

A central task for the next administration will be to create jobs and implement necessary protections for sensitive industries, while at the same time not trampling the free market principles that have made the United States the most powerful economy in the world.

Elections 2020 by Julia Friedlander

European Union Future of Work

Fri, Oct 16, 2020

The US government makes its big push for investment in Africa

Buoyed by bipartisan commitment and a new government agency, the United States has taken new and significant steps to help drive investment in Africa, strengthen the region’s dynamic economies, create lucrative opportunities for US and African businesses, and advance US foreign-policy goals in the region.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Africa Future of Work

Thu, Oct 15, 2020

Regional development banks play a critical role in COVID-19 response and recovery

As the pandemic calls into question the effectiveness of the global order and systems of economic and financial governance, the pivotal role of RDBs in improving billions of lives, bolstering markets, and strengthening economies should not be overlooked

New Atlanticist by Nicole Goldin, PhD

Future of Work Inclusive Growth

Wed, Oct 14, 2020

Digitalize the enterprise

If NATO is to unlock new frontiers of innovation and harness emerging technology, digitalizing how it does business is the key.

NATO 20/2020 by Jeffrey Reynolds, Jeffrey Lightfoot

Defense Technologies Digital Policy
gtc photo of sun peaking through a large rock formation

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