Reconnecting the Transatlantic Digital Economy—The Role of Trust in AI

In this AGI-BIGS webinar, Stephen C. Anderson, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Communications and Information Policy in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, and Andreas Könen, Director-General for Cyber and Information Security in the German Federal Ministry of the Interior, discuss the respective U.S. and German government approaches to AI innovation, regulation, and governance, and examine the strategic implications of policy convergence and divergence in these areas for the transatlantic relationship.

Artificial intelligence is a promising but also contested emerging technology for economic productivity, social interactions, and national security. Its significance is accentuated by the growing systemic competition that China, one of the world’s top AI innovators, presents to the United States and the European Union. Germany and the United States have considerable interest in harvesting AI’s potential and, at the same time, in preventing the development and use of AI systems that are contrary to liberal democratic values. More recently, the U.S.-EU Trade and Technology Council launched at the end of September offers one promising avenue for transatlantic cooperation on AI governance.

This public webinar “Reconnecting the Transatlantic Digital Economy—The Role of Trust in AI” on Thursday, October 28 is hosted by the American-German Institute at Johns Hopkins University (AGI) and the Brandenburg Institute for Society and Security (BIGS). It is part of the Wunderbar Together 2021 Initiative supported by the German Foreign Office.

October 28, 2021

Building a Smarter German-American Partnership