About the GeoTech Center
The GeoTech Center serves as an essential bridge between technologists and national as well as international policymakers. It brings together subject matter experts, thought leaders, and decision-makers through purposeful convenings to consider the broader societal, economic, and geopolitical implications of new and emerging technologies, leverage technology to solve global challenges, and develop actionable technology policy, partnerships, and programs.
GeoTech Center perspectives are grounded in realistic assessments of how technology works currently and is likely to work in the future, the need for collaborative approaches particularly between the public and private sector, pragmatic policy solutions, and acknowledgment of complex tradeoffs.
Reports and Issue Briefs
In-Depth Research & Reports May 25, 2021
Report of the Commission on the Geopolitical Impacts of New Technologies and Data
By The GeoTech Center
An in depth report produced by the Commission on the Geopolitical Impacts of New Technologies, making recommendations to maintain economic and national security and new approaches to develop and deploy critical technologies.
Report Dec 8, 2021
Unpacking the geopolitics of technology
By Mathew Burrows, Julian Mueller-Kaler, Kaisa Oksanen, and Ossi Piironen
In this paper, authors from the Atlantic Council and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland examine the transformation of technology and work in a broader social and political context, look at strategies that different regions of the world employ, and evaluate the transition’s geopolitical impact through alternative futures.
Report Jul 25, 2022
Cybersecure the future: Ransomware
By Trent Teyema, Kiran S. Jivnani, David Bray
This report endeavors to examine key challenges in predicting, safeguarding against, and dealing with ransomware attacks, thereby better informing US and international policy to combat such attacks and their perpetrators.
Event Recap Apr 10, 2020
Event recap | Technology and pandemics: Challenges and opportunities
By Corina LJ DuBois
On April 10, 2020, His Excellency Omar Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, United Arab Emirates, shared his perspectives in an event titled “Technology and pandemics: Challenges and opportunities” as part of a live video discussion moderated by Mr. Frederick Kempe, President and CEO of the Atlantic Council.
Event Recap Jul 7, 2021
Event | Technologies for rebuilding after COVID-19
By the GeoTech Center
On April 16, 2020, Dr. David Brin and Dr. Kathryn Newcomer shared perspectives on what technologies, investments, and policy actions could help rebuild from COVID-19 on a global scale as part of a live video discussion.
Event Recap Jun 30, 2021
Event recap | The geopolitics of tech design: How to be human-centered at a global scale
By the GeoTech Center
A GeoTech Hour considering how the choices made about tech design impact social issues and innovation at a national and transnational scale.
Commentary and analysis
GeoTech Cues Jul 22, 2022
Health challenges are intimately linked to climate change. How will we prepare?
By Tiffany Vora
Introduction In 2018, a report from the Lancet Countdown firmly established that rising temperatures and extreme weather events are accelerating health risks all over the world; the 2021 report from the same group described the situation as “code red.” Fortunately, accelerating innovation in technology is delivering the opportunity to radically transform the future of health—while […]
GeoTech Cues Jun 17, 2022
The next phase of US-China economic and technological decoupling
By Kit Conklin
The Rebuttable Presumption: President Joe Biden signed the UFLPA into law in December 2021, and enforcement of the Act begins on June 21st, 2022. The Act bans the import of goods or commodities from China produced with forced labor through a “rebuttable presumption,” which states that all goods produced in Xinjiang and/or supply chains connected […]