Invited to give a seminar on content and platform regulation as part of the digital / tech policy programme at Harvard Kennedy School.
Gave a short presentation on “IoT, GDPR and the Luxury to Disconnect.”
Joined a panel with Léa Steinacker (Wirtschaftswoche), Dr. Christoph Beier (GIZ), MD Miguel Berger (Federal Foreign Office) to discuss the potential for developing an international digital agenda.
Berlin is a mad city. Germany’s capital is pockmarked with tattoos, scars, and statues to its paradoxical past. A city notorious for its history, where invasive surveillance and the urge for freedom clasped hands during a shift change at the border control between East and West. Today the world pulls up a chair to relish the scenes of its daunting past. Berlin is both memorial and haven.
Berlin is also a feeling, and a unique one for those whose roots lie here. Cathleen Berger, Lead, Engagement with Global Internet Fora at Mozilla, is one of them. The world is her well-traveled home, but Berlin has never lost its gravity for her. “If you grow up in a divided city, it doesn’t take much to realize how important privacy is. If you know what permanent surveillance does to people and how it changes their behavior.”
Interview by Anja Fordon. Read the full piece here [EN on Mozilla Berlin].
The United Nations General Assembly just held its 72nd session in New York City. Leaders from all over the world were in town, including representatives from the 193 UN governments, as well as businesses and civil society. Apart from the main UNGA, there were plenty of other high-level gatherings organised in the margins — several of these focusing on the future of online life and digital technologies.
National elections in September 2017. All things come to a halt; political attention is directed towards campaigning. Not so in Germany these days. In a flurry of decisions, Germany has been busy shaping a comprehensive digital agenda — with an increasing number of global implications.
Robotics, self-driving cars, artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented reality, human-implanted sensors and so much more that most of us can’t even picture yet: Technological developments have changed our ways of life. And they will continue to do so, with consequences that are difficult to anticipate. Nobody knows what the world is going to look like in 10 years. But aren’t we all curious?
Inequality is one of the defining challenges of our time. The open Web can help to reduce inequality – social, political, economic and gender – and drive progress. But increasing centralisation and control online threatens to consolidate power in the hands of a few, largely unaccountable, gatekeepers and leave the rest of us behind. That is why we must find ways to combat these trends, in order to protect the open Web as a public good and preserve and enhance its equalising power among women and men, among the rich and poor. The panel will explore concrete initiatives to ensure that the web remains for everyone and how ordinary citizens can join and contribute to those.
Panel with Melanie Dulong de Rosnay, Renata Avila, and Thomas Lohninger.
The Bosch Foundation interviewed Reirui Ri and me to learn more about our experience with the Global Governance Futures Programme 2027.