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Technology has become a matter of high politics again, with the EU, the United States and China all increasingly viewing the world as the stage of a geopolitical struggle for technological leadership. This race is driven by fears of possible economic decline as well as of technological and infrastructural inter-dependence that could be weaponized; it is focused both on material as well as immaterial aspects, on hardware, networks and infrastructure as well as their regulation.

Event details of Europe and the New Geopolitics of Technology
Date 19 May 2022
Time 20:00 -21:00
Location University Library
Room Doelenzaal or online via Zoom

From increased investment into next generation microchip research and production, to attempts at regulating the flow of technological knowledge, we are witnessing a variety of new attempts at regulating global technology markets through a range of instruments including export controls and foreign investments screening mechanisms. This opening event aims to assess critically the transformations being brought about in global technology markets by such geopoliticized interventions, focusing in particular on their implications for the EU in its attempt to develop a ‘digital sovereignty’. 

About the speakers

This even is moderated by Mario Daniels. Mr Daniels is DAAD-Fachlektor des Duitsland Instituut Amsterdam. He holds a PhD from the University of Tübingen, taught at the Universities of Tübingen and Hannover, and was twice a research fellow at the German Historical Institute in Washington, D.C. From 2015 to 2020 he was the DAAD Visiting Professor at the BMW Center for German and European Studies at Georgetown University. His latest book, co-authored with John Krige, Knowledge Regulation and National Security in Postwar America, was published with University of Chicago Press in April 2022.

Linnet Taylor is Professor of International Data Governance at the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT), in the Netherlands. Her research focuses on digital data, representation and democracy, with particular attention to transnational governance issues. Her work on group privacy and data justice is used in discussions of technology governance in countries around the world. She leads the ERC Global Data Justice project, which aims to develop a social-justice-informed framework for governance of data technologies on the global level. The research is based on insights from technology users, providers and civil society organisations around the world. Her work is also currently supported by the Luminate foundation and the EU AI Fund. She is a member of the Dutch Young Academy (De Jonge Akademie) and a co-chair of the NWO’s Social Science roundtable advisory group. 

Ingrid Schneider is Professor of Political Science at the University of Hamburg  and works in the Department of Informatics (since 2017). Recently, she was visiting professor in Mexico-City (2020) and at FGV-EBAPE, Brazil (2022). Her research fields are technology assessment, data economy, intellectual property, governance, regulation, and ethics in different policy fields. She investigates the interaction between law, politics and society as well as implications of technology shifts for democracy. She is a partner in the EU Horizon2020 funded project "Promoting Research on Digitalisation in Emerging Powers and Europe Towards Sustainable Development (PRODIGEES)" ( with research institutions in India, Indonesia, Mexico, Brazil and South Africa.

Rocco Bellanova is Assistant Professor of Critical Data Studies in the Department of Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam. Rocco’s work sits at the intersection of politics, law and science & technology studies (STS), and focuses on digital data as pivotal elements in the governing of societies. He carries out research on security technologies and their infrastructural politics, as well as on the European governance of machine learning algorithms and data exchanges in the domain of justice and home affairs.

About the series

The series will bring together in an online and onsite format experts from a range of disciplines, including economists, historians, political scientists and security studies experts, as well as political geographers and science and technology studies scholars. It will shed light on the complex links between the international and transnational practices of scientific-technological cooperation, the terms of trade of global technology markets, global supply chains and infrastructures, and the close technological connections between the military and civilian sphere which drive an increasing conflation of concepts of national security and economic competitiveness. We will also query to what extent the current debates are indeed completely novel, or can be indeed be informed by historical perspectives.

The series is coordinated by Dr Franziska Plummer (ACES) and Dr Mario Daniels (DIA) 

Europe and the New Geopolitics of Technology is an event series of the Duitsland Instituut Amsterdam, the Amsterdam Center for European Studies and the Stiftung Neue Verantwortung.

University Library

Room Doelenzaal or online via Zoom

Singel 425
1012 WP Amsterdam