During Autumn 2016 and Spring 2017, Friends of Europe will bring together a diverse group of stakeholders for three working group roundtables to explore the impact of the 4th Industrial Revolution across policymaking, ultimately producing a ‘future-focused report’ on the steps that must be taken to enhance transatlantic cooperation on the 4th Industrial Revolution; see that Europe’s digital skills, labour market and regulatory framework fit the bill of the new era; and ensure that in a context where events such as Brexit and member states’ domestic political crises risk reducing political traction at EU level, momentum on digital matters is not lost.
This initiative was launched by a conversation with Andrus Ansip, European Commission Vice President for the Digital Single Market on 28 November.
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17.45 – 18.00 Welcome and registration of participants
18.00 – 20.30 Roundtable dinner: What will transatlantic cooperation in the context of the 4th Industrial Revolution look like?
With most data holders based in the US, effective transatlantic co-operation could open up the way for Europe to tap a wellspring of opportunity while also ensuring mutually agreed standards of privacy and data protection. This is just one example of how collaboration between the US and the EU could both boost digital growth and improve standard setting towards the development of global digital regulation that not only supports shared interests but also reflects shared values. The outcome of the US election will have significant implications for digital relations between Europe and the US. Politics is however just one aspect. The digital revolution is being driven by market forces and unexpected innovation and takes place on a global stage. In a context where emerging players such as China and India look set to outpace Europe and the US in the consumption, delivery and advancement of digital services and technology, partnership becomes all the more important. Participants in this working group will consider how the 4th Industrial Revolution is impacting differently in Europe and the US, whether the current international institutional infrastructure is equipped to deal with the changes that are taking place and how we can enhance transatlantic cooperation and strengthen both continents’ positions in the global digital market place.
- What is likely to stifle the transatlantic digital market place and how might this be addressed?
- Where could joint regulation and policymaking bring benefits?
- What kind of transatlantic cooperation on the 4th Industrial Revolution would position us to compete and contribute more effectively in global digital landscape?
- How can we overcome difficulties of data sharing and matters of privacy?
20.30 End of event
Dharmendra Kanani/ Director of Strategy at Friends of Europe