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China's Approach to Cyber Sovereignty

Cyber sovereignty: China's strategic concept for its rise as a global digital power

In a short period of time, China has succeeded in becoming one of the world's leading digital powers. As a result, a hard-fought competition for innovation leadership in digital technologies has broken out between the USA and China. competition also has significant consequences for Europe. In light of this development, a deeper understanding of Chinese digital and technology policy is becoming increasingly important. To develop this much needed knowledge, the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung presents a new study that analyzes China's strategic concept of cyber sovereignty and discusses its implications.

Hacking the Electorate

On the Use of Personal Data in Political Campaigning

Datengetriebene politische Kampagnen sind kein neues Phänomen. Sie bedienen sich vielfältiger Werkzeuge, haben Zugriff auf immer mehr Daten und sind in der Lage, Wähler zu beeinflussen. Demokratie und Rechtstaat sind weltweit herausgefordert. Eduardo Magrani, EIZ Fellow 2019/2020 der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, untersucht anhand eines Vergleichs des europäischen und des brasilianischen Rechtsrahmens die Digitalisierung demokratischer Prozesse.

Germany’s geopolitical role in an age of great power rivalries | Part 1, 2, 3

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In these three issues of the series "Analyses & Arguments", the Working Group of Young Foreign Policy Experts provides recommendations for the strategic orientation of German foreign policy, German economic and technology policy and security and defence policy.

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The Roberts Court

An Unconventional 2020 U.S. Supreme Court Term

With confirmation hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett underway three weeks ahead of the US elections, this analysis of the 2020 session of the United States Supreme Court highlights that Chief Justice John G Roberts aims to uphold the role of the Supreme Court as a fair and unbiased umpire.

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Germany’s geopolitical role in an age of great power rivalries, Part 3

Part III: Security and defence policy

Germany and the EU are finding themselves in a world of great power rivalries and systemic competition, which have an impact on almost all aspects of international relations including multilateral cooperation, world trade, technology policy and security policy. What political strategy should Germany follow? The Working Group of Young Foreign Policy Experts addresses this question with policy recommendations for Germany's security and defence policy.

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Germany’s geopolitical role in an age of great power rivalries, Part 2

Part II: Economic and technology policy

German economic policy is facing many challenges – the Covid-19 pandemic is only the latest in a long line. These began with the economic stagnation of large swathes of Europe, moving on to the trade war between the US and China and Europe, and the challenges of electromobility faced by German car manufacturers. Germany and the EU have to come up with some creative answers. The Working Group of Young Foreign Policy Experts addresses these issues and provides policy recommendations in this paper.

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Does the Internet Deliver?

Eight Values as a Yardstick for the Production, Moderation and Regulation of Public Communication on the Internet

The internet has raised many expectations, but has it fulfilled its role as a tool to promote freedom of speech and weaken the efforts of autocrats and others who favor censorship? Has it provided equal access to information and the free exchange of opinions? Some would argue that the internet has brought about surveillance, polarization, filter bubbles, and the digital divide. But is further network regulation necessary? Diverse opinions exist in response to these questions, but what are the facts? What scientific findings can be presented today? Together with Christoph Neuberger, we've defined eight values as criteria to help answer one deceptively simple question: Does the internet deliver? Following this introduction, you'll find a collection of eight short texts, each of which seeks to answer this question using one of the values we've identified. Readers should feel free to either read in chronological order or skip around to those they find to be of interest.

Germany’s geopolitical role in an age of great power rivalries, Part 1

Part I: Strategic foreign policy

Germany and the EU increasingly find themselves in a world of great power rivalries and systemic competition. This is affecting almost every aspect of international relations – hampering multilateral cooperation, impacting world trade and technology policy, and having an effect on conflict situations linked to security and defence policy. What strategy should Germany follow here? The Working Group of Young Foreign Policy Experts addresses these challenges and provides policy recommendations in this paper.

Systemic Challenge: Geopolitics in Times of Corona

Dr. Johann Wadephul MdB on the foreign policy consequences of the corona pandemic for Europe

The corona pandemic acts both as a catalyst and incubator of geopolitical change. Dr. Johann Wadephul MdB outlines the first trends and the foreign policy consequences for Europe.

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On the Threat of Deep Fakes to Democracy and Society

How to deal with this fake news super weapon?

Deep fakes are technically manipulated videos and the latest development in a long history of image manipulation. Together with disinformation campaigns via social media they can become a serious threat to our democracy and open societies. How can we distinguish a fake video from a real one? What can policy makers do to prevent such campaigns to become successful? Prof. Dr. Hany Farid and Dr. Hans-Jakob Schindler give insights in this new phenomenon.