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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Fri, Nov 20, 2020

The necessity of adaptability and resilience in the decade ahead: GeoTech Center Fellows at STAR-TIDES 2020

The General Session panel featuring GeoTech experts focused Star-Tides' mission toward the specific theme of cross-cutting efforts, using technology to connect resources from across the various silos of the public and private sector. Addressing questions of how to empower people and communities to be resilient against the changes that Friedman highlighted, panelists offered the idea of complex adaptive coalitions, an effort to build those "ecosystem relationships" Friedman referred to. Panelists highlighted themes of digital governance and identity, as well as distributed data ownership, among other innovative ideas to redesign our society in the face of accelerating changes.

In the News by Atlantic Council

Cybersecurity Digital Policy
Belarusian cellphones

Wed, Nov 18, 2020

Belarusian activist Telegram channels are losing their audience

Belarusian Telegram users are increasingly seeking independent news sources and engaging with the regime’s official channels.

Article by Nika Aleksejeva

Belarus Disinformation

Wed, Nov 18, 2020

Huawei’s push in Russia exploits Kremlin fears of Western technology

With Moscow yearning for an alternative to Western technology and the United States on a campaign to throw Huawei out of Europe and East Asia, the Chinese telecom giant sensed opportunity in Russia.

New Atlanticist by Justin Sherman

China Cybersecurity

Thu, Nov 12, 2020

Data Trusts: The key to better AI

"The journey to becoming a data-driven organization fit for the emerging AI economy is long and arduous. Data trusts are an opportunity for collaboration between organizations to make that journey faster, less costly, and less risky. And they can make data-monetization rewards more handsome by co-developing marketable AI applications and giving third parties controlled access to members’ data. Moreover, as we discovered during our pilot, a data trust can also help inspire creativity, cross-functional collaboration, and innovation, and can attract digital talent. As wearables, smart appliances, and 5G networks proliferate and combine into the “Intelligent Internet of Things,” data sharing and collaboration will become the norm. Data trusts can help companies make the leap to this new era."

In the News by Atlantic Council

Cybersecurity Digital Policy

Mon, Nov 9, 2020

A presidential agenda for the GeoTech Decade that uplifts people, prosperity, and peace

For both the good of the United States and the world, it will be his duty to ensure the United States emerges from the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the deep economic recession, and its polarized society, renewed, revitalized, and rebuilt. Leveraging new technologies will be an integral part of that mission.

GeoTech Cues by David Bray, PhD

Internet Internet of Things

Thu, Nov 5, 2020

Data and technology will change the world

"To summarize what we do at the GeoTech Center in a nutshell: we examine how technology and data are changing the world. Power and the norms of society always have been distributed in a few ways, including via the rule of law, use of new technologies, and shared human narratives. Moving forward, will advances in new technologies and data capabilities prompt us to become more autocratic or become more democratic as societies?"

In the News by Atlantic Council

Cybersecurity Digital Policy
Toomas Hendrik Ilves

Mon, Nov 2, 2020

#DFRLabCoffeeBreak with Former President of Estonia, Toomas Hendrik Ilves

Former Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves discusses internet policy and safety with the DFRLab.


Disinformation Eastern Europe

Thu, Oct 29, 2020

The transatlantic alliance needs to work together to gain technological edge

Transatlantic democratic allies must begin working together to develop new technologies like cloud computing and artificial intelligence, to strengthen their collective defense, support democracy, and protect their societies. Here’s a quick look at what NATO, EC, and NSCAI experts said about how a transatlantic alliance for artificial intelligence will impact the geopolitical landscape and protect democracy worldwide.

New Atlanticist by Katherine Walla

Defense Technologies Internet

Thu, Oct 29, 2020

Nurkin for IScann Group on disinformation campaigns

On October 21, IScann Group released a white paper titled “Manipulated: The Challenge of Disinformation Campaigns in the Age of Synthetic Media,” written by Forward Defense non-resident senior fellow Tate Nurkin.

In the News by Atlantic Council

Disinformation Internet

Thu, Oct 29, 2020

Trick or Threat? The ghouls and goblins behind this year’s cyber incidents

This year has witnessed its fair share of unnerving cyber incidents from a range of spooky characters. But 2020 is not over yet. What further ghouls and goblins might lurk? Cyber Statecraft Initiative experts go CSI5x5 to discuss spine-chilling cyber incidents this Halloween.

New Atlanticist by Simon Handler

Cybersecurity Disinformation