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. The Initiative promotes collaboration of US and EU policy perspectives on digital issues and convenes leaders from both sides of the Atlantic working in this space.
The Initiative facilitates greater US-EU dialogue on today’s most crucial transatlantic digital affairs through written reports, public 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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Since 2015, TDMI has produced prominent reports on US and European digital policies, the transatlantic digital economy, and digitalization across Europe. In 2020, TDMI fellows authored the leading report, “The European Union and the search for digital sovereignty: Building “Fortress Europe” or preparing for a new world?” helping define what European digital sovereignty means for transatlantic relations.
More recently, the Initiative has shaped the discussion about the US-EU Trade and Technology Council, transatlantic data flows, and transatlantic competition policy.
Experts react Oct 7, 2022
The data privacy deal driving the future of the US-EU commercial relationship
By Atlantic Council experts
Biden’s executive order is the next step toward establishing a new EU-US Data Privacy Framework; but will the new agreement be viable? Our experts break down the details.
New Atlanticist Jun 23, 2022
EU vice-president takes on disinformation: ‘We need to end the digital Wild West’
By Dan Peleschuk
Věra Jourová, vice-president of the European Commission for values and transparency, delved into the dangers of disinformation at the Atlantic Council’s EU-US Defense & Future Forum.
New Atlanticist May 19, 2022
Russian aggression brings EU and US together on trade and tech in France. What comes next?
By Atlantic Council experts
Our experts break down the US-EU Trade and Technology Council meeting and what it means for the future of transatlantic tech and trade policy.
New Atlanticist Jan 20, 2022
Can the US and EU rein in Big Tech with diverging approaches?
By Morten Skroejer and Nicole Lawler
As the US and EU seek to address difficult questions swirling around some of the world’s biggest companies, 2022 will be a busy year for antitrust regulation.
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Issue Brief Jul 1, 2021
Avoiding the next transatlantic security crisis: The looming clash over passenger name record data
By Kenneth Propp
The transfer of PNR—personal data of air travelers including names, addresses, telephone numbers, credit card information, even meal preferences and details that can indicate ethnicity, religious belief, or political affiliation—on international flights has become a common practice world-wide since the September 11th attacks.
Issue Brief May 19, 2021
Proposal for a US-EU Digital Council: Building a comprehensive conversation
By Frances Burwell
As the new Biden administration confronts its foreign policy priorities, it should not avoid the looming digital debate with its European allies. With the European Union serving as the leader in digital regulation, policy on the digital space is by no means aligned between US and European policymakers. From digital taxation to data storage and privacy rights, issues that will define the success or failure of transatlantic digital policy—with hundreds of billions of dollars on the line—remain unsettled.
Issue Brief Dec 18, 2020
Engaging Europe: A transatlantic digital agenda for the Biden administration
By Frances Burwell
Without engagement, Europe and the United States are likely to continue their disparate approaches to the digital economy. The Biden administration must meet the challenge of building better US-EU cooperation on digital issues, for the sake of transatlantic security, prosperity, and shared values.
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 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 […]
In the News Mar 5, 2022
Propp in Lawfare: Cultivating Europe’s Data Garden
Europe Center nonresident senior fellow Kenneth Propp explores the EU’s digital legislative initiatives on the horizon: the Data Act and the Digital Governance Act. The immediate consequence, as the Data Act begins to wind through the legislative labyrinth, could be a foreign concern that the EU’s bid for greater autonomy in the data economy is […]
In the News Jan 21, 2022
Burwell, Propp, and Skroejer in the National Interest: Will Europe Become a True Digital Power?
Distinguished fellow Frances G. Burwell, nonresident senior fellow Kenneth Propp, and nonresident senior fellow Morten Skroejer examine the year ahead for the European Union’s digital policies, including the future of the US-EU Trade and Technology Council, EU rules like the Digital Markets Act and Digital Services Act, and the uncertain way forward with transatlantic data […]