FP’s Tech Forum

November 17, 2021

What would a road map for global tech policymaking look like?

The world’s approach to technology policy has mostly been piecemeal, too little, and too late. The reality is that every major policy issue—regulation, privacy, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, combating misinformation, and more—requires a multilateral approach to policymaking that has so far been missing.

What would a road map for global tech policymaking look like? How can the private and public sectors come together to build rules that not only keep pace with technological change but also adapt to evolving threats?

FP’s inaugural Tech Forum convened leading government, academic, and industry experts to discuss a framework for tech policies that could work for all.

Join the conversation online using #FPTechForum.

In partnership with

Speakers
Kersti Kaljulaid
Former President of Estonia
Kersti Kaljulaid served as the President of the Republic of  Estonia from 2016-2021. During her time in of...
Screen Shot 2021-11-03 at 9.12.01 AM
H.E. Dr. Amani Abou-Zeid
Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, African Union Commission
Dr. Amani Abou-Zeid is the twice-elected African Union Commissioner in charge of
Infrastructure, Energy & ICT. For more than 30 years, Dr Abou-Zeid has served in leade...
CIE
Ravi Agrawal
Editor in Chief, Foreign Policy
Ravi Agrawal is the editor in chief of Foreign Policy. Before joining FP, Agrawal worked at CNN for more than a decade, including his most recent position as the network’s New...
ravi agrawal
Frances G. Burwell
Distinguished Fellow, Atlantic Council, and Senior Director, McLarty Associates
Frances G. Burwell is a distinguished fellow at the Atlantic Council and a senior director at McLarty Associates. She previously served as vice president, European Union and Spe...
francis burwell
Jack Detsch
Pentagon and National Security Reporter, Foreign Policy
Jack Detsch is a Pentagon and national security correspondent at Foreign Policy magaz...
jack detsch
John Frank
Vice President, UN Affairs, Microsoft
John Frank is Vice President for UN Affairs at Microsoft. In this role, John and his team are focused on advancing multistakeholder solutions towards a more accessible and equit...
FP-john frank
Robin Geiss
Director, United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research
Dr. Geiss brings to the position close to twenty years of experience in peace and security, with focus on the impact of new technologies in these areas. Most recently, he serve...
Robin Geiss
Robbie Gramer
DIPLOMACY AND NATIONAL SECURITY REPORTER, FOREIGN POLICY
Robbie Gramer is a diplomacy and national security reporter at Foreign Policy, covering the State Department. Before he joined FP in 2016, he managed the NATO portfolio at th...
gramer
Sunita Grote
Lead of Ventures Team, UNICEF’s Office of Innovation, Co-Founder and Manager, UNICEF Venture Fund
Sunita Grote leads the Ventures team within UNICEF’s Office of Innovation and co-founded its Venture Fund. UNICEF Ventures explores how emerging frontier technology can accele...
Sunita_Grote_small
Maggie Lake
VETERAN JOURNALIST AND FOUNDER OF MAGGIE LAKE MEDIA
Maggie Lake is a veteran journalist with more than two decades of experience covering business, technology, politics, and international affairs. She started her career at Reuter...
FP-Maggie Lake
Amelia Lester
Executive Editor, Foreign Policy
Amelia Lester is the executive editor at Foreign Policy. She has worked as a journalist on three continents, most recently reporting in Japan for publications including the E...
amelia-lester-headshot
Amy Mackinnon
NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTELLIGENCE REPORTER, FOREIGN POLICY
Amy Mackinnon is a staff writer for Foreign Policy magazine. Originally from Scotland, she has reported from across Eastern Europe and was based in Moscow and Tbilisi Georgia as...
amy-mackinnon
John Neuffer
President and CEO, Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA)
John Neuffer is President and CEO of the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), which has been the voice of the chip industry for over four decades. He has been at the nexus ...
012815_sia_john_MG_2763
Martin Rauchbauer
Austrian Tech Ambassador in Silicon Valley
Martin Rauchbauer is the first Austrian Tech Ambassador in Silicon Valley, Co-Director of Open Austria, and Austrian Consul in San Francisco. As an Austrian diplomat, Martin was...
Screen Shot 2021-10-26 at 4.19.31 PM
Annelise Riles
Executive Director, Northwestern University's Roberta Buffett Institute for Global Affairs
Annelise Riles is Northwestern University’s Associate Provost for Global Affairs, the Executive Director of the Roberta Buffett Institute for Global Affairs, and a professor o...
Annelise Riles
Jarmo Sareva
Ambassador for Cyber Affairs, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland
Mr. Jarmo Sareva was appointed Finland’s Ambassador for Cyber Affairs effective 1 August 2021. Prior to that, he served as the first Ambassador ...
Jarmo Sareva
Chelsey Slack
Deputy Head of the Cyber Defence Section, NATO
Chelsey Slack is Deputy Head of the Cyber Defence Section with the International
Staff at NATO Headquarters in Brussels. In this role, she provides advice and
suppor...
SLACK - official
Preeti Sinha
Executive Secretary, UNCDF
Preeti Sinha is a globally experienced investment and development banker with a 30-year track record associated with raising and managing institutional public and private develo...
preeti sinha
V.S. Subrahmanian
Walter P. Murphy Professor of Computer Science; Fellow, Northwestern University's Roberta Buffett Institute for Global Affairs
V.S. Subrahmanian is Walter P. Murphy Professor of Computer Science at the McCormick School of Engineering, Northwestern University and Buffett Faculty Fellow at the Northwester...
FP-V.S. Subrahmanian
Heli Tiirmaa-Klaar
Ambassador at Large for Cyber Security, Estonia
Heli Tiirmaa-Klaar is Ambassador for Cyber Diplomacy and Director General for the Cyber Diplomacy Department at the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Up to fall 2018, she wo...
FP-Heli Tiirmaa-Klaar
Dragoş Tudorache
Member, European Parliament
Dragos Tudorache is a Member of the European Parliament and Vice- President of the Renew Europe Group. He is the Chair of the Special Committee on Artificial Intelligence in the...
Ioan Dragos TUDORACHE official portrait - 9th Parliamentary term
Joe White MBE
UK's Tech Envoy to the US
Joe White MBE worked previously as a Silicon Valley based entrepreneur and investor. He has served as: General Partner of Entrepreneur First, a Greylock backed early stag...
Screen Shot 2021-11-03 at 4.57.58 PM
Dr. Rand Walztman
Adjunct Senior Information Scientist, RAND Corporation
Dr. Rand Waltzman has created, planned and managed major research and development programs (> $100 M) on the application of massive scale data analytic sand machine learning ...
waltzman_rand_1 (1)
Rodrigo Yáñez Benítez
Vice Minister of Trade of Chile
Since July 2019, Mr. Rodrigo Yáñez has served as Vice Minister of Trade in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile. He has led an intense bilateral agenda of negotiations for...
04 (3)
Agenda
9:00 am
Welcome & Introductory Remarks
Ravi Agrawal, Editor in Chief, Foreign Policy
9:05 am
Lessons From Estonia: Rules of the Road for Policymakers
Kersti Kaljulaid, Former President of Estonia
Moderator: Ravi Agrawal, Editor in Chief, Foreign Policy
9:30 am
How to Spark Global Cooperation on Tech Policy
John Frank, Vice President, UN Affairs, Microsoft
Robin Geiss, Director, United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research
Preeti Sinha, Executive Secretary, UNCDF
Moderator: Ravi Agrawal, Editor in Chief, Foreign Policy
10:05 am
The Geopolitical Implications of EU Tech Sovereignty
Frances G Burwell, Distinguished Fellow, Atlantic Council, and Senior Director, McLarty Associates
John Neuffer, President And CEO, Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA)
Dragoş Tudorache, Member, European Parliament
Moderator: Amy Mackinnon, National Security and Intelligence Reporter, Foreign Policy
10:35 am
Securing Cyberspace
Chelsey Slack, Deputy Head of the Cyber Defence Section, NATO
Moderator: Jack Detsch, Pentagon and National Security Reporter, Foreign Policy
10:55 am
The Potential and Pitfalls of AI: Mitigating Threats & Harnessing Tech for Positive Impact
Introduction By: Annelise Riles, Executive Director, Northwestern University's Roberta Buffett Institute for Global Affairs
Sunita Grote, Lead of Ventures Team, UNICEF’s Office of Innovation, Co-Founder and Manager, UNICEF Venture Fund
V.S. Subrahmanian, Walter P. Murphy Professor of Computer Science; Fellow, Northwestern Roberta Buffett Institute For Global Affairs
Dr. Rand Waltzman, Adjunct Senior Information Scientist, RAND Corporation
Moderator: Maggie Lake, Veteran Journalist and Founder of Maggie Lake Media
11:30 am
Diplomacy in the Digital Age
Martin Rauchbauer, Austrian Tech Ambassador In Silicon Valley
Jarmo Sareva, Ambassador for Cyber Affairs, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland
Heli Tiirmaa-Klaar, Ambassador at Large For Cyber Security, Estonia
Joe White MBE, UK's Tech Envoy to the US
Moderator: Robbie Gramer, Diplomacy and National Security Reporter, Foreign Policy
12:00 pm
Digital Technology and Sustainable Economic Growth in Africa
H.E. Dr. Amani Abou-Zeid, Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, African Union Commission
Moderator: Amelia Lester, Executive Editor, Foreign Policy
12:15 pm
How to Shape a Digital Economy
Rodrigo Yáñez Benítez, Vice Minister of Trade of Chile
Moderator: Amelia Lester, Executive Editor, Foreign Policy
12:30 pm
Closing Remarks
Amelia Lester, Executive Editor, Foreign Policy

For more information, contact Diana Marrero, Senior Vice President of Strategic Development