Expert Stakeholders Evaluate the UN Report on Digital Interdependence

Jan. 18, 2020

Dr. Heidorn will be an expert panelist at a panel organized and funded by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Foundation. The event will be held in Washington DC January 22-23.

Project Outline
Digital technologies are fundamentally changing societies worldwide. This digital transformation offers immense opportunities. However, the accelerating pace of digitalization also creates new challenges, unintended consequences and risks. One current challenge is how to balance the opportunities with the risk which the digital transformation presents. After the optimism that characterized the advent of the Internet and the beginning of the digital age, downsides have become increasingly clear; and urgent questions of regulation and the active shaping of the digital space and age have arisen. Especially due to the nature of the digital space (cross-border, multi-stakeholder, dynamic disruption), the strong connectivity (digital interdependence) and the resulting complexity, the question today is no longer whether the digital space and the digital age will be actively shaped, but what an adequate regulatory approach can look like. What are the important areas to shape the digital future and what are the central challenges, actors, and political processes to consider in developing smart regulations?
Against this backdrop the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung’s (KAS) workshop will offer the opportunity to discuss and evaluate with fellow stakeholders the report "The Age of Digital Interdependence" by the High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation appointed by the UN Secretary-General.…