We champion positive paths forward that nations, economies, and societies can pursue to ensure new technologies and data empower people, increase prosperity, and secure peace. Without reservation, these common principles represent the bedrock of the work the Atlantic Council does around the world. Equally important, new technologies and data should advance these principles globally.

The Atlantic Council GeoTech Center encourages global tech collaborations, evaluates good tech choices as well as measurable policy alternatives, and educates world leaders and the public on issues related to global tech competition.

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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Galvanizing GeoTech action

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Future of work

Firstly, certain inventions, such as the assembly line, both benefited societies and required new laws to protect individuals from an asymmetrical distribution of power—for example, unsafe working conditions. The Future of Work will require new ways of collaborating across societies so that all people can evaluate, accept, and receive benefit from new technologies.

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Future of data

Secondly, informed choices can shape behaviors that, over time, become ‘sticky’ habits across societies. As a result, these repetitive habits inculcate norms. A central issue for the Future of Data is the ability of individuals and societies to choose how we want to reshape norms and distribute power in our communities.

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Future of trust

Thirdly, we are now witnessing widening polarization and mistrust within societies. In part this is because new technologies, once developed, are difficult to regulate even if they prove disruptive to social cohesion, market operations, and institutional trust. The Future of Trust depends on us building bridges across different tech, commerce, and community sectors, thereby enabling the examination of the prospective effects of new technologies and greater control by society.

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Future of space

Fourthly, as space becomes the new frontier to be explored by national governments and private sector interests, the Future of Space requires us to develop initiatives that benefit people, prosperity, and peace while working to deter actions and policies that do not promote these values for all nations.

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Future of health

Fifthly, we are now in an era where we can change our genes and biological processes that regulate our bodies. The Future of Health requires new abilities for understanding and regulating technologies at a pace that matches the speed by which personalize medicine and other bio-related technologies are advancing.

Sat, May 16, 2020

Here’s how to use tech to turn COVID-19 tragedy into “a global immune system”

It’s not too late for the United States – driven by the cutting-edge capabilities of its technology companies – to leverage the coronavirus tragedy into a historic opportunity. It would be built around scientifically novel but increasingly available means to prevent future pandemics through constructing a “global immune system.” It may seem hopelessly naïve to expect an even more ambitious degree of global collaboration now, but history’s lesson is that the alternatives are horrifying.

Inflection Points by Frederick Kempe

China Coronavirus

The next generation of technological change will have a more dramatic impact on how individuals live and work, how economies operate and how nations interact than any that has come before it.

Frederick Kempe, President & CEO

GeoTech Commission

We must transform how we make choices regarding technology and data, both locally and globally. Thus, the Atlantic Council GeoTech Commission recommends policy actions to ensure the most beneficial outcomes for people, prosperity, and peace. This is necessary because we must overcome significant challenges in distinguishing good from bad choices. We also must ensure people and societies are informed on key questions, such as:

  • How can either societies or markets characterize new technologies and data choices regarding measurable benefits to people, prosperity, and peace?
  • In what ways can more beneficial new technologies and data choices be incentivized, with attention to either policy or business approaches?
  • How can overall adoption of beneficial new technologies and data initiatives be accelerated regionally, nationally, and globally?

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Commissioners

GeoTech Partners

The Atlantic Council’s GeoTech efforts succeed in light of our wide range of Partners. Above all, our Partners embody the collaborative, multi-faceted work that we do. Together, we champion positive paths forward for new technologies and data globally.

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GeoTech Center

Because our future depends on our choices today, we work to illuminate for world leaders how new technologies and data can benefit people, prosperity, and peace. As a result of our mission, our focus at the Atlantic Council GeoTech Center includes the global, national, and economic impacts of data and machine learning, personalized medicine, additive manufacturing, nanotechnology, green energy, commercialization of space, robotics, synthetic biology, and other new technologies on the horizon. The Center’s overall activities include:

  • Identifying public and private sector choices affecting the use of new technologies and data that explicitly benefit people, prosperity, and peace.
  • Recommending positive paths forward to help markets and societies adapt in light of technology- and data-induced changes.
  • Determining priorities for future investment and cooperation between public and private sector entities seeking to develop new technologies and data initiatives specifically for global benefit.

Team

Fellows

Equally important, our GeoTech Fellows possess a wide spectrum of expertise across different fields. They also represent a diversity of backgrounds and experiences. In addition, some of our Fellows are jointly appointed with other Centers and Initiatives at the Council.

Paul Saffo

Nonresident Senior Fellow, Strategic Foresight Initiative

Foresight, Strategy, and Risks Initiative

Bobbie Stempfley

Senior Fellow, Cyber Statecraft Initiative

Cyber Statecraft Initiative

Activities, Videos, and Analyses

AI & China: Smart Partnerships for Global Challenges

GeoTech Activities:

New technologies and data are tools. It is upon the choices we make, both as individuals and as communities, that ensure that they are used as a force for good in the world.

Dr. David Bray, Director, GeoTech Center
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Content

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Mon, Jun 1, 2020

Shared humanity amid times of turbulence

This post is a call for those who have positive solutions to address these issues to reach out to the Center; we are here to amplify your voice. Please reach out to us. This post is also to re-commit the Center to six concrete actions during this time of turbulence that were already implicit to our mission and we wanted to make publicly explicit.

Timely Commentary & Analysis by David Bray, PhD

Civil Society Economy & Business
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Mon, Jun 1, 2020

Expert survey series: Supply chains and the effects of COVID-19, geopolitics, and technological innovation

For the fourth installment of the GeoTech Center’s expert survey series, we asked a range of business leaders and tech experts how COVID-19 has impacted their industry’s or enterprise’s supply chains. Significant shortages of personal protective equipment and tests have plagued hospitals, and many countries’ dependence on China quickly became evident in the initial rush to obtain supplies. Food supply chains have also been significantly disrupted--for instance, infection rates at meat packing plants are five-times greater than those in similar geographies.

GeoTech Cues by Andrea Little Limbago, PhD, Stewart Scott

Coronavirus Economy & Business
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Sat, May 30, 2020

Video: How tech, data and geopolitics impact food

On May 28, 2020 - Daniella Taveau, Dr. Molly Jahn, and Dr. David Bray, PhD, Atlantic Council GeoTech Center Director shared a discussion on how tech, data and geopolitics impact food. The discussion focused on how these vulnerabilities have existed for sometime and how the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated these issues, amplifying existing instabilities, inequities, and insecurities, and will continue to do so unless action is taken to address problems in the food system.

Event Recap

Coronavirus Economy & Business
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Sat, May 30, 2020

Going deeper: Mobilizing industry to encourage multi-sector solutions to global concerns

On May 21, 2020 - Daryl Haegley, Yusuf Abdul-Qadir, Melissa Flagg, Lee McKnight, Mary Collins, Lin Wells, Divya Chander, MD, PhD shared perspectives on "Mobilizing industry to encourage multi-sector solutions to address emergent global concerns" as part of a live video discussion moderated by David Bray, PhD, Atlantic Council GeoTech Center Director. The discussion focused on new ways of addressing the COVID-19 pandemic and application of multi-sector industry solutions to current and potential future pandemics.

Event Recap

Civil Society Coronavirus
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Mon, May 25, 2020

Going deeper: Central Bank Digital Currencies and how best to design them to benefit everyone

On May 19, 2020 - Lisa Pollina, Gabriel Abed, George Bachiashvili, Shane Glynn, Aditi Kuma shared perspectives on "The digital dollar: Do we need it and how do we build it?" as part of a live video discussion moderated by Michael Greenwald. The discussion focused what exactly is a digital dollar? How would it work, how could it best be designed, and who would manage it?

Event Recap

Cybersecurity Digital Policy
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Sat, May 16, 2020

We can more rapidly respond to future waves of COVID-19 and pandemics: Here is how

The world needs a global Pandemic Prevention Board focused on building an "Immune System for the Planet", as described in early April by the GeoTech Center by Dr. David Bray and then highlighted in a CNBC article by Atlantic Council CEO Fred Kempe on why tech companies can -- and should -- build a global quick response system to prevent future pandemics.

GeoTech Cues by David Bray, PhD

Civil Society Coronavirus

Sat, May 16, 2020

Public Sector Podcast: David Bray, Leadership in Exponential Times

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Economy & Business Technology & Innovation

Sat, May 16, 2020

AI Trends Executive Interview: Dr. David Bray, Director, Atlantic Council

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Economy & Business Technology & Innovation

Sat, May 16, 2020

Dr. David Bray provides expert view in Financial Times discussing risks of new tech enabling ‘democratisation of propaganda’

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Resilience & Society Security & Defense
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Wed, May 13, 2020

We can strengthen the global food system: Here is how

The world recently has experienced large-scale collapse of bread-basket food sources, multiple areas of humanitarian crises, price spikes causing rapid destabilization of national governments, and, with the COVID-19 pandemic, global food supply chain disruptions and food shortages throughout the world.

GeoTech Cues by David Bray, PhD

Civil Society Coronavirus