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Europe in data geopolitics

Data no longer should be understood as a sole commercial or regulatory issue, but rather as an actual stake of international politics. For Europe, in a context of transatlantic tensions, the impact of the digital economy’s center of gravity moving towards China is potentially significant. However, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), adopted in May 2018, seems more of a regulatory, even ethical, answer to a geopolitical challenge. This seminar will examine Europe’s place in the geopolitics of data – dominated by the United States and China –, and highlight its ambitions in all data-related policies.

This seminar will be held in English

9:00Welcoming remarks:

Thomas Gomart, Director, IFRI

Patrick Nicolet, Group Chief Technology Officer and Member of the Group Executive Board, Capgemini


9:15-10:30Data geopolitics: Europe between the U.S. and China

Toward a transatlantic data war? – Henry Farrell, Professor of International Affairs, George Washington University

How China is envisioning its global strategy for data? – Alice Ekman, Research Fellow and Head of China research, IFRI Center for Asian studies



10:30-10:45 – Coffee break


10:45-12:15Leveraging European data ambitions

Beyond GDPR: Can Europe articulate a ‘data sovereignty’ policy? – Stefan Heumann, Co-Director, Stiftung Neue Verantwortung, Berlin

Artificial Intelligence: a game-changer for Europe’s data-policy ambitions? – Julien Nocetti, Research Fellow, IFRI



12:15-12:30Concluding remarks


12:30-14:00 – Lunch at IFRI


27 rue de la Procession 75015 Paris
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Pour plus d'informations sur le débat, veuillez contacter Julien Nocetti :  nocetti@ifri.org

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