The Atlantic Council established the Transatlantic Digital Marketplace Initiative (TDMI) in 2015 with the goal of fostering greater US-EU understanding and cooperation on digital matters. Today, the Initiative promotes collaboration among US and EU policymakers and stakeholders on digital issues and their implications for transatlantic allies’ national security, geopolitical interests, and economic resilience and competitiveness.
The Initiative facilitates greater US-EU dialogue on today’s most crucial transatlantic digital affairs through reports, convenings with US and European officials and leading experts, and unique simulations designed to introduce national security experts to the importance—and challenges—of digitalization.
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The TDMI focuses on the most pressing digital policy challenges and opportunities on both sides of the Atlantic. Recently, the Initiative has shaped the discussion about the US-EU Trade and Technology Council, transatlantic data flows, transatlantic competition policy, and the future of European digital sovereignty.
New Atlanticist Jan 31, 2024
If the US and EU don’t set AI standards, China will first, say Gina Raimondo and Margrethe Vestager
By Katherine Walla
The standardization of technologies is already being dominated by nonmarket and Chinese players, the two officials warned at an AC Front Page event.
New Atlanticist Dec 11, 2023
Experts react: The EU made a deal on AI rules. But can regulators move at the speed of tech?
By Atlantic Council experts
EU policymakers reached a deal on Europe’s first comprehensive artificial intelligence rules. Atlantic Council experts share their insights on the breakthrough.
New Atlanticist Nov 3, 2023
Dispatch from Bletchley Park: Where does transatlantic AI cooperation stand?
By Mark Boris Andrijanič, Nicole Lawler
Politicians and business leaders just met outside of London for a summit on how to regulate artificial intelligence. Here’s how to take the collaboration to the next level.
New Atlanticist Aug 23, 2023
Policy memo: How to sharpen the digital pillar of the Three Seas Initiative
By Jörn Fleck, Akshat Dhankher, James Batchik
The Three Seas Initiative and its digital pillar currently lack the credibility needed to attract sustained investments.
New Atlanticist Jun 15, 2023
The world’s regulatory superpower is taking on a regulatory nightmare: artificial intelligence
By Atlantic Council experts
Atlantic Council experts answer the most pressing questions on the EU’s AI Act, including what’s in it, when it could become law, and what it means for the world.
New Atlanticist May 26, 2023
Here’s what to expect on China, AI, green energy, and more when EU and US officials meet in Sweden
By Atlantic Council
At an upcoming two-day meeting in Luleå, the US and EU may announce joint action on some of their biggest common challenges in trade and technology.
New Atlanticist Mar 31, 2023
European Commission’s Margrethe Vestager: Europe must de-risk, not de-couple, from China
By Nick Fouriezos
The Commission’s executive vice-president appeared at the Atlantic Council in Washington to give an early preview of what the EU’s reassessment of its relationship with China might look like.
New Atlanticist Jan 24, 2023
Biden’s call to modernize US tech policy would pay transatlantic dividends
By Kenneth Propp
If Congress and the White House can unite to pass regulations on data privacy and tech competition, they would set the stage for deeper EU-US coordination.
In-depth research & reports
Issue Brief Jun 20, 2023
More than adequate: New directions in international data transfer governance
By Kenneth Propp
What is the future for transatlantic and international data transfer mechanisms? Can existing efforts achieve greater policy coherence across the global ecosystem?
Issue Brief Apr 20, 2023
The US-EU Trade and Technology Council: Assessing the record on data and technology issues
By Frances Burwell and Andrea G. Rodríguez
The TTC must keep its forward-looking gaze, but also take steps to address challenging regulatory issues, either by oversight or direct discussion, or it will lose the essential support among stakeholders that can keep US engagement in the TTC alive.
Report Nov 2, 2022
Digital sovereignty in practice: The EU’s push to shape the new global economy
By Frances Burwell, Kenneth Propp
What does the European Union’s push for “digital sovereignty” mean in practice? Frances Burwell and Ken Propp provide an update to digital sovereignty and its transatlantic impacts.
The Transatlantic Digital Marketplace Initiative regularly hosts high-level officials working on digital policy from both the US and EU for organized off-the-record sessions and public events.
In the news
In the News Jan 11, 2023
Propp in Lawfare: Gentlemen’s Rules for Reading Each Other’s Mail: The New OECD Principles on Government Access to Personal Data Held by Private Sector Entities
Europe Center nonresident senior fellow Kenneth Propp reviews the finalized version of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) “Declaration on Government Access to Personal Data Held by Private Sector Entities,” which aims to document protections government have in place for access to individuals’ data. The OECD declaration is a notable accomplishment because it […]
In the News Nov 22, 2022
Ness in Centre for European Perspective’s “Strategic partnership for a secure and digital Europe” report: Is the Glass Half Empty or Half Full?
Europe Center nonresident senior fellow Susan Ness authored a section of the report Strategic partnership for a secure and digital Europe Forging a digitally advanced future with deepened transatlantic cooperation organized by the Centre for European Perspective, assessing the role of the EU-US Trade and Technology Council in aligning transatlantic democracies. The war in Ukraine […]
In the News Oct 17, 2022
Propp in International Association of Privacy Professionals: The redress mechanism in the Privacy Shield successor: On the independence and effective powers of the DPRC
Europe Center nonresident senior fellow Kenneth Propp, with co-authors Peter Swire and Théodore Christakis, reacts to the details of the White House “Executive Order On Enhancing Safeguards For United States Signals Intelligence Activities” to implement changes to safeguard the free flow of data between the European Union and the United States, and the creation of […]
In the News Sep 12, 2022
Propp in European Law Blog: European Cybersecurity Regulation Takes a Sovereign Turn
Europe Center nonresident senior fellow Kenneth Propp explores the status and implications of a European Union initiative to create an EU-wide certification framework for ICT products and services (EUCS). New cybersecurity regulation thus is seen as another way to safeguard Europe’s ‘sovereign’ interest in protecting data from foreign government access. It also would reinforce separate […]
In the News Jun 2, 2022
Propp in Lawfare: Has the Time for an EU-US Agreement on E-Evidence Come and Gone?
Europe Center nonresident senior fellow Kenneth Propp discusses the state of transatlantic cooperation on sharing electronic evidence, a critical component of law enforcement investigations. Over the years, Europe and the United States have managed—despite occasional well-publicized difficulties—to build a well-functioning international law framework for law enforcement and security information exchange that respects individual privacy rights. […]
In the News Mar 15, 2022
Burwell in the National Interest: Rethinking the US-EU Trade and Technology Council After Ukraine
Europe Center distinguished fellow Frances G. Burwell details how the US-EU Trade and Technology Council (TTC) must adapt following the Russian invasion of Ukraine with seven actions the TTC should take to ensure a cohesive transatlantic response to Russia’s aggression. In light of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, it is time for the TTC to become […]