The global tech order: geopolitical imaginaries and the making of tech regulation

March 14, 2024 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Europe/Rome Timezone
Sala Belvedere, Villa Schifanoia
Alessandra Caldini
Join Rebecca Adler-Nissen as she delves into the challenges and complexities of digital technology in global politics
There is a growing sense that digital technologies require greater international cooperation and even global regulation. At the same time, rising tension, especially between the US and China, is making such cooperation increasingly difficult. Adding to the complication, these technologies are developed and largely owned by private companies surpassing most states in terms of resources and know-how. While the leaders of these companies often appear unequipped to discuss their own geopolitical role, their ideas matter for international security, global economy, democracy and human rights. The speaker will theorise and explore the emerging global tech order, mapping the contradictory ideologies that these different actors bring to the multi-stakeholder negotiations. Specifically, during the seminar, the geopolitical tech imaginaries – visions of the world supported by digital technologies, will be explored. How do these imaginaries get cultivated within and between tech companies, and how do they shape public discourse, national government positions and the making of tech regulation?