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Ensuring a Democratic Digital Domain

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 legal framework for digital governance. The transatlantic alliance should be the driver of such a 21st-century democratic digital agenda.

CEPA’s new Digital Innovation Initiative (DII) explores trends in tech-policy in Europe and the United States to advocate for transatlantic unity on digital regulation. Bringing together governments, companies, and expertise, DII works to ensure that democracies maintain the competitive edge on tech innovation.

Analysis & Research

A Transatlantic Effort to Take on China Starts with Technology

Only unity on tech policy can keep democracies’ competitive edge.

As the European Union releases an ambitious digital regulatory agenda, Alina Polyakova and Eileen Donahoe call for strategic cooperation between the United States and Europe on technology policy to increase competitiveness, protect the democratic digital domain, and engender innovation.

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Democratic Offense Against Disinformation

Pivoting from defense to offense.

As malign disinformation campaigns continue to evolve, it is no longer feasible to rely on a defensive strategy to mitigate foreign influence operations. Alina Polyakova and Daniel Fried explain that the United States and Europe must now pivot from defense to offense to address the disinformation challenge.

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Events & Impact

A Transatlantic Effort to Take on China Starts with Technology

This discussion follows 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. CEPA’s Digital Innovation Initiative and Stanford University’s Global Digital Policy Incubator discuss the new era of emerging technology and geostrategic competition.

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Alina

Alina Polyakova

President & CEO
Toomas-Hendrik-Ilves

President Toomas Hendrik Ilves

Distinguished Fellow
Merle Maigre

Merle Maigre

Senior Fellow, Digital Innovation Initiative