New Project: Open Technology Institute Launches “Transatlantic Dialogues on Security and Freedom in a Digital Age” with Berlin’s Global Public Policy Institute

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WASHINGTON, DC —Together with the Global Public Policy Institute in Germany, New America’s Open Technology Institute has launched a new project called “Transatlantic Dialogues on Security and Freedom in a Digital Age.” Over the next two years, the project will bring together experts from the United States and Europe to debate and research the balance between security and freedom.
"At a time of significant Transatlantic tension on this topic, it is especially important that we build pathways for reasoned, research-driven international dialogue on controversial issues such as Internet governance, fragmentation, and cybersecurity," said Tim Maurer, research fellow at New America’s Open Technology Institute. "We hope that our work in partnership with the Global Public Policy Institute can help provide fresh answers to tough questions about the future, at this critical juncture in the development of the global and open Internet."

The project, which will take place over the course of 2014 and 2015, will produce two policy papers, a conference in Washington DC, and regular policy breakfasts and is a unique opportunity to address some difficult challenges at a very critical time in Transatlantic relations. Experts from the Open Technology Institute and GPPi will write the two papers. In the first, the authors will examine proposals by governments on how to re-engineer the Internet to ensure “technological sovereignty” in response to concerns over US surveillance in the context of the Internet’s continued expansion. In the second paper, the authors will craft policy recommendations to ensure a free and open Internet in the event of a major cyber incident. In addition, regular articles, op-eds and blog posts will make the key project-findings accessible to a broader audience.

 “GPPi is very happy to partner with New America's OTI,” said Thorsten Benner, co-founder and director of GPPi. “We look forward to informing the policy debates on both sides of the Atlantic and beyond during this critical stage in the development of global internet politics.

The project relies on the knowledge of professionals working in various sectors (government, business, civil society and academia) as well as disciplines (politics, law and computer science). A high-level steering committee made up of senior policymakers, academics and private sector representatives from the US and Europe advises the project team. The project is supported by the Delegation of the European Union to the United States.

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