Technology is the epicenter of geopolitics. The race to dominate in technological innovation goes far beyond market competition – more importantly, it is normative competition between authoritarian and democratic visions. Technology is ideology. To keep their competitive edge, democracies must develop a shared strategic approach that reflects values of openness, drives innovation, and establishes a framework for digital governance. The transatlantic alliance should be the driver of such a 21st-century democratic digital agenda.

This discussion will follow the launch of “A Transatlantic Effort to Take on China Starts with Technology”, a joint paper by Alina Polyakova and Ambassador Eileen Donahoe calling for strategic cooperation between the United States and Europe on technology policy to increase competitiveness, protect the democratic digital domain, and engender innovation. Join CEPA’s Digital Innovation Initiative and Stanford University’s Global Digital Policy Incubator for a discussion on the new era of emerging technology and geostrategic competition.


Ryan Heath, Senior Editor, POLITICO


Alina Polyakova, President and CEO, Center for European Policy Analysis

Eileen Donahoe, Executive Director, Global Digital Policy Incubator, Cyber Policy Center, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University