Another single-topic TiB this week. Last week I was asked to make some brief comments to a group of policymakers on how technology might shape the UK and Germany’s place in a post-pandemic world. I thought it might be interesting to share these, as they touch on many key TiB themes. What follows is focused on those two countries, but also has implications for any liberal democracy outside the United States.
I want to make four brief points. First, that we need an intentional political economy of technology. Second, that the key choice we face is whether to be technology takers or technology makers. Third, that “this time it really is different”, as we’re entering an era where technology explicitly embeds values. Finally, that there is an opportunity to project soft power through global technology public goods.