We champion positive paths forward that nations, economies, and societies can pursue to ensure new technologies and data empower people, increase prosperity, and secure peace. Without reservation, these common principles represent the bedrock of the work the Atlantic Council does around the world. Equally important, new technologies and data should advance these principles globally.

The Atlantic Council GeoTech Center encourages global tech collaborations, evaluates good tech choices as well as measurable policy alternatives, and educates world leaders and the public on issues related to global tech competition.

Researching our GeoTech choices

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Future of work

Firstly, certain inventions, such as the assembly line, both benefited societies and required new laws to protect individuals from an asymmetrical distribution of power—for example, unsafe working conditions. The Future of Work will require new ways of collaborating across societies so that all people can evaluate, accept, and receive benefit from new technologies.

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Future of data

Secondly, informed choices can shape behaviors that, over time, become ‘sticky’ habits across societies. As a result, these repetitive habits inculcate norms. A central issue for the Future of Data is the ability of individuals and societies to choose how we want to reshape norms and distribute power in our communities.

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Future of trust

Thirdly, we are now witnessing widening polarization and mistrust within societies. In part this is because new technologies, once developed, are difficult to regulate even if they prove disruptive to social cohesion, market operations, and institutional trust. The Future of Trust depends on us building bridges across different tech, commerce, and community sectors, thereby enabling the examination of the prospective effects of new technologies and greater control by society.

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Future of space

Fourthly, as space becomes the new frontier to be explored by national governments and private sector interests, the Future of Space requires us to develop initiatives that benefit people, prosperity, and peace while working to deter actions and policies that do not promote these values for all nations.

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Future of health

Fifthly, we are now in an era where we can change our genes and biological processes that regulate our bodies. The Future of Health requires new abilities for understanding and regulating technologies at a pace that matches the speed by which personalize medicine and other bio-related technologies are advancing.

The next generation of technological change will have a more dramatic impact on how individuals live and work, how economies operate and how nations interact than any that has come before it.

Frederick Kempe, President & CEO

GeoTech Commission

We must transform how we make choices regarding technology and data, both locally and globally. Thus, the Atlantic Council GeoTech Commission recommends policy actions to ensure the most beneficial outcomes for people, prosperity, and peace. This is necessary because we must overcome significant challenges in distinguishing good from bad choices. We also must ensure people and societies are informed on key questions, such as:

  • How can either societies or markets characterize new technologies and data choices regarding measurable benefits to people, prosperity, and peace?
  • In what ways can more beneficial new technologies and data choices be incentivized, with attention to either policy or business approaches?
  • How can overall adoption of beneficial new technologies and data initiatives be accelerated regionally, nationally, and globally?

Honorary co-chairs

Commission co-chairs

Commissioners

GeoTech Partners

The Atlantic Council’s GeoTech efforts succeed in light of our wide range of Partners. Above all, our Partners embody the collaborative, multi-faceted work that we do. Together, we champion positive paths forward for new technologies and data globally.

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GeoTech Center

Because our future depends on our choices today, we work to illuminate for world leaders how new technologies and data can benefit people, prosperity, and peace. As a result of our mission, our focus at the Atlantic Council GeoTech Center includes the global, national, and economic impacts of data and machine learning, personalized medicine, additive manufacturing, nanotechnology, green energy, commercialization of space, robotics, synthetic biology, and other new technologies on the horizon. The Center’s overall activities include:

  • Identifying public and private sector choices affecting the use of new technologies and data that explicitly benefit people, prosperity, and peace.
  • Recommending positive paths forward to help markets and societies adapt in light of technology- and data-induced changes.
  • Determining priorities for future investment and cooperation between public and private sector entities seeking to develop new technologies and data initiatives specifically for global benefit.

Team

Fellows

Equally important, our GeoTech Fellows possess a wide spectrum of expertise across different fields. They also represent a diversity of backgrounds and experiences. In addition, some of our Fellows are jointly appointed with other Centers and Initiatives at the Council.

Bob Gourley

Nonresident Senior Fellow

GeoTech Center

Pari Esfandiari, PhD

Nonresident Senior Fellow

GeoTech Center

Paul Saffo

Nonresident Senior Fellow, Strategic Foresight Initiative

Foresight, Strategy, and Risks Initiative

Bobbie Stempfley

Senior Fellow, Cyber Statecraft Initiative

Cyber Statecraft Initiative

Franklin D. Kramer

Distinguished Fellow, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security

Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security

Activities, Videos, and Reports

AI & China: Smart Partnerships for Global Challenges

GeoTech Reports & Activities:

New technologies and data are tools. It is upon the choices we make, both as individuals and as communities, that ensure that they are used as a force for good in the world.

David Bray, Director, GeoTech Center
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Content

Wed, Apr 1, 2020

Video recap: Using data for good in the fight against COVID-19

On April 01, 2020 - Eric Sapp, CEO of Public Democracy and David Bray, PhD, Atlantic Council GeoTech Center Director emceed a live video discussion on "Using Data for Good in the Fight Against COVID-19". The two panels included leading data experts from the Atlantic Council GeoTech Center, Public Democracy, Dun & Bradstreet, The Ad Council, LiveRamp, Splunk, Datavant, and Singularity University some of whom are working with the World Health Organization.

Event Recaps

Civil Society Coronavirus

Wed, Apr 1, 2020

Getting ahead of the crisis: COVID-19’s impact on societies, economies, tech, data, and geopolitics

On March 31, 2020 -- Bob Gourley, Co-Founder of OODAloop and Director David Bray, Atlantic Council GeoTech Center Director participated in a video discussion on COVID-19's impact on societies, economies, tech, data, and geopolitics.

GeoTech Cues

Coronavirus Economy & Business
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Wed, Apr 1, 2020

Getting ahead of the crisis: Global food security during COVID-19

Much has been written about the economic consequences of such policies; less attention, however, has been paid to emerging issues like food security in the age of a global pandemic. Food security is certainly a crucial issue because COVID-19 is also a crisis of logistics – whether it is with regard to necessary medical equipment, labor availability, or food supplies.

GeoTech Cues by Sara-Jayne Terp

Civil Society Coronavirus
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Mon, Mar 30, 2020

Skoll World Forum Session: Using data for good in the fight against COVID-19

When: April 01, 2020 from 12:15-1:15pm EDT (-4 GMT) Where: Hosted on the Atlantic Council website What: Skoll World Forum Session “Using Data For Good in the Fight Against COVID-19” - Presented by the Atlantic Council GeoTech Center and Public Democracy.

Events

Civil Society Coronavirus

Mon, Mar 30, 2020

How can data science help with crisis response and COVID-19?

On March 27, 2020 -- Anthony Scriffignano, Chief Data Scientist at Dun and Bradstreet and Director David Bray, Atlantic Council GeoTech Center Director participated in a live video discussion hosted by Michael Krigsman, Founder of CxOTalk on "How Can Data Science Help With Crisis Responses?"

GeoTech Cues

Civil Society Coronavirus

Mon, Mar 30, 2020

Public Sector Podcast: David Bray, Leadership in Exponential Times

In the News by Atlantic Council

Economy & Business Technology & Innovation

Thu, Mar 26, 2020

How can tech help with crisis responses?

On March 26, 2020 -- Matthew Putman, CEO Nanotronics and Director David Bray, Atlantic Council GeoTech Center Director participated in a live video discussion hosted by Michael Krigsman, Founder of CxOTalk on "How Tech Can Help With Crisis Responses?"

GeoTech Cues

Coronavirus Economy & Business

Thu, Mar 26, 2020

Real Leaders Podcast: The Impact of Pandemics with Dr. David Bray

In the News by Atlantic Council

Resilience & Society Security & Defense

Thu, Mar 26, 2020

Association for Computing Machinery: Interview with Dr. David Bray: Director, GeoTech Center

In the News by Atlantic Council

Economy & Business Technology & Innovation

Tue, Mar 24, 2020

What lessons can we learn about COVID-19 from responding to other outbreaks?

On March 16, 2020 -- the Atlantic Council GeoTech Center Director, David Bray, did a live video discussion with Singularity University on the topic of "What Lessons Can We Learn About COVID-19 From Responding to Other Outbreaks?"

GeoTech Cues

Coronavirus Economy & Business