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October | 2023

Dear friends of the Centre for Digital Governance,

We write again with some updates from our Centre. Don't miss news about an exciting new research project with transatlantic collaborations. Finally, we are happy to inform you that the Hertie School is offering three Digital Governance Scholarships for the upcoming academic year.

Wednesday, 08.11.2023 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm (CET) - Register here
Book presentation: We, the data. Human rights in the digital age including a discussion with author Prof. Wendy H. Wong. An event jointly hosted by the Centre for Digital Governance and the Centre for Fundamental Rights.

Wednesday, 15.11.2023 | 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm (CET) - Register here
Digital empires: The global battle to regulate technology - Join us for a presentation by  Prof. Anu Bradford (Columbia University). This event is part of the Digital Governance Research Colloquium hosted by the Centre for Digital Governance.

Wednesday, 22.11.2023 | 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm (CET) - Register here
Governing the twin transition: How to meaningfully connect the digital and sustainability transformations? - Prof. Albert Meijer (University of Utrecht) will present his insights on the need for democratic conversations around twin transition. This event is part of the Digital Governance Research Colloquium hosted by the Centre for Digital Governance.

Wednesday, 29.11.2023 | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm (CET) - Register here
The legal battles over data dominion - Prof. Katharina Pistor (Columbia University) delves into the future of data governance. This event is part of the Digital Governance Research Colloquium and Fundamental Rights Research Colloquium under the cluster "Fundamental Rights in the Global Political Economy", co-hosted by the Centre for the Digital Governance and Centre for Fundamental Rights.

The Centre joined the DSA40 Germany Network whose mission is to assist the implementation of Article 40 in the DSA within Germany and Europe. The Centre is collaborating with the Hertie School Data Science Lab on this initiative.  

Gerhard Hammerschmid was invited as an expert for a public hearing in the Bundestag on the amendment of the central digitalisation law (OZGÄndG). While he considered the law an improvement, he recommended strengthening the monitoring and evaluation mechanism foreseen in the law, and also pointed to the need of embedding these digitalisation efforts into a broader modernisation agenda for the German government system.

Joanna Bryson commented about the potential for the emergence of foundational AI models from the developing world that can compete against major foundational AI companies like OpenAI, in a recent interview with Moneycontrol. Read more here.   

The Hertie School is now receiving applications for a new cohort of students for the next academic year. Applications are open for the Digital Governance Scholarship, a 100% tuition waiver for the School's interdisciplinary Master of Public Policy (MPP) Programme. All nationalities can apply to be considered for one of the three scholarships to be awarded. 

The Centre for Digital Governance and Columbia University World Project (co-lead by Ira Katznelson, Daniela Stockmann, and Tom Asher) are partnering up to build a transatlantic network on "Digital Governance for Democratic Renewal." Through this network we aim to contribute to a larger repertoire of policy options in the realm of digital governance.

New on the blog
Joanna Bryson and David Backovsky (Centre for International Security) posted a blog unpacking whether AI needs global governance and how existing models to govern nuclear technologies could offer robust solutions. Find out their thoughts on the matter in their blog titled Charting a Course for Global AI Governance: Options and Lessons from Nuclear History.

Thank you for the continued support of the Centre. Feel free to email us at any time, follow us on LinkedIn, or visit our website to see our latest work.

All the best,

Your Centre for Digital Governance team

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