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. Correspondingly, 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 data

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 sensemaking

Sensemaking is something we all do. We each concurrently interpret dozens of symbols by shifting spatial attention at a rate of up to five times per second with our brain’s complex adaptive network of over one hundred trillion synapses. The Future of Sensemaking shapes how we perceive data, make sense of our environment, and decide to work – or not – together as societies.

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Future of trust

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 work

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 space

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

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.

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 good 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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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 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 among public and private entities seeking new technologies and data initiatives specifically for global benefit.

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Activities, Videos, and Analyses

GeoTech Activities:

AI & China: Smart Partnerships for Global Challenges

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

Experts

Content

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Fri, Aug 21, 2020

Why a well-intended ‘Digital Platform Agency’ may not fit our global, networked world

Ultimately, when considering the reality that "Statutes and Regulatory Models Adopted for the Industrial Era are Insufficient for the Realities of the Internet Era", any solutions must consider where the metaphoric puck is going vs. where the puck is.

GeoTech Cues by Atlantic Council

Civil Society Digital Policy
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Wed, Aug 19, 2020

Potential trouble ahead: predictions from 2010 now are real in 2020

In 2010, the Atlantic Council GeoTech Center's Director Dr. David Bray provided an unclassified briefing to the U.S. national security and defense communities on "Why Future Policy Leaders Will Need to Know Science, Technology, Global Business, and National Security". Now, 10 years later, it is worth revisiting those slides - especially in light that those slides raised concerns about the use of small commercial drones and do-it-yourself drones back then and recently we have seen elevated concerns about what these could do to commercial airplanes in flight.

GeoTech Cues by David Bray, PhD

Cybersecurity Drones

Wed, Aug 19, 2020

A fireside chat about the future of space

On Wednesday, July 29, the Atlantic Council's GeoTech Center hosted Ms. Teresa Carlson, Vice President at AWS's Worldwide Public Sector, and United States Representative Will Hurd of the 23rd District of Texas.

Event Recap by Henry Westerman

Economy & Business Entrepreneurship

Wed, Aug 19, 2020

Data salon episode 3: Coordinating data privacy and the public interest

On Wednesday, July 30, the GeoTech Center hosted the third episode of the Data Salon series in partnership with Accenture. The virtual event hosted by Dr. Divya Chander, Chair of Neuroscience at Singularity University, and Ms. Krista Pawley, Principal and Culture and Reputation Architect at Imperative Impact, in conversation with audience members from across the data and innovation space.

Event Recap by Henry Westerman

Cybersecurity Digital Policy

Thu, Aug 13, 2020

Living within the truth in the age of coronavirus: America’s security on the line

Carol Dumaine is a former US Intelligence Community analyst and manager who, in recent years, has been busy teaching, writing, and giving public presentations on themes related to climate change and global security. Currently Dumaine is working on a series of essays called “Living within the Truth in the Age of Coronavirus.” Her most recent […]

GeoTech Cues by Carol Dumaine

National Security Political Reform

Thu, Aug 13, 2020

The geopolitics of Russia’s vaccine claim

President Vladimir Putin announced on August 11 that a coronavirus vaccine manufactured by the Gamaleya Research Institute of Moscow had been granted regulatory approval. The claim however has geopolitical ramifications.

GeoTech Cues by Claire Branley, Esther Dyson

Coronavirus Disinformation

Tue, Aug 11, 2020

Preparing for the post-pandemic tech environment: Dr. David Bray

Dr. David Bray, the GeoTech Center's director, envisions a future where proper preparedness and a people-centered perspective will allow humanity to harness the incredible innovations anticipated in the coming years for good. On an episode of the "Futurized" podcast with Trond Undheim, PhD, David discussed this vision, and how we at the GeoTech Center are working to make it a reality.

In the News by Atlantic Council

Coronavirus Economy & Business

Thu, Jul 30, 2020

Nikhil Raghuveera in Cointelegraph: China and US must learn from one another and collaborate on Central Bank Digital Currency

Mr. Nikhil Raghuveera, a GeoTech Center Nonresident Fellows, was recently featured as a guest author in Cointelegraph, a digital publication focused on the future of money. In his article, Mr. Raghuveera discussed Central Bank Digital Currencies in continuation of his previous research for the Atlantic Council.

GeoTech Cues by Atlantic Council

Economy & Business Fiscal and Structural Reform

Mon, Jul 27, 2020

Event recap: Increasing resilience by assuring trust in medicine, credentials, and supply chains

On Thursday, June 18, 2020, the Atlantic Council’s GeoTech Center hosted Mr. Yves Daccord, Former Director General of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Dr. Philippe Gillet, Chief Scientific Officer of SICPA, Mr. Toomas Hendrik Ilves, The former President of the Republic of Estonia, Dr. Idris Guessous, Head of the Division of Primary Care Medicine at the University Hospitals of Geneva, Mr. Peter Rashish, Senior Fellow and Director of the Geoeconomics Program at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies, Ms. Danielle Tavino, VP and Co-Founder of Code-X, and Dr. Divya Chander, Faculty Chair Neuroscience at Singularity University.

Event Recap by Henry Westerman

Coronavirus Economy & Business

Sun, Jul 26, 2020

David Bray on #LeadersWhoCare

Dr. David Bray was recently interviewed on the the #LeadersWhoCare video series by Matt Sadovnick. As Mr. Sadovnick explained, "Leading transformation in novel, often messy, chaotic situations requiring both new business models and successful strategies to deliver intelligent, reasoned results." Despite his extensive experience Dr. Bray reiterated that what makes him a great leader is his capacity to learn from others: "I don't have all the answers, but I'm willing to ask the interesting questions and learn from others."

In the News by Atlantic Council

Economy & Business Entrepreneurship

Events

Wed, Sep 30, 2020

Space economics: Building sustainable space infrastructure

ONLINE EVENT - An expert panel discussion about the rapidly changing economics of space exploration and the implications of its market shifts for geopolitics, coordination, and technology. TIMEZONE NOTE - The times listed on this page are in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT, UTC-04:00).

12:00pm ONLINE EVENT