Memo: Creating Cloud Norms While Keeping Innovation Alive

Transatlantic Digital Dialogue: The surge in cloud computing to manage Big Data has also meant a greater need to revisit existing data protection regulation.  How the EU approaches this subject will be critical for the coming years, and steps taken now can serve as guideposts for larger regulatory philosophy in the future. Read our Atlantic Memo 49 on the subject.

New Atlantic Memo: How to Save TTIP

TTIP Forum: The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership has the potential to rejuvenate a historic alliance, but also faces strong opposition. In order to raise the level of debate and increase public support for TTIP, the US, the EU and its member states should increase transparency, reform or remove the investor-state dispute settlement mechanism and stress geostrategic benefits. View

NATO Does Not Want Ukraine to Apply for Membership

Ira Straus writes: Now that Ukraine has voted to drop its non-aligned status, we are hearing an official story from Russia that "NATO has pushed Ukraine to do this." Until recently every poll indicated that a plurality of Ukrainians was opposed to joining NATO -- the only qualification that Ukraine was lacking. NATO, however, still does not want Ukraine to apply. View

What is Security Worth to us Today?

The Atlantic Initiative held a public event in Berlin in cooperation with the Heinrich Böll Foundation to discuss Germany's defense budget and security alliances. Panelists debated Germany's responsibilities in regional and global security along with Germany's defense attitude regarding the situation in Libya and whether development assistance is a better use of Germany's funds than increased defense spending. View

TTIP Criticisms: Based on Myths or Reality?

TTIP Forum: The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is the most ambitious project of transatlantic cooperation today. While proponents highlight the benefits, certain features are increasingly under public scrutiny, threatening the finalization of the deal. Atlantic Community brings both sides together to host a critical debate on the merits of their respective claims. View

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How Anti-TTIP Groups Dominate Online Media in Germany

Senior Economist at ECIPE Matthias Bauer discusses how anti-TTIP groups dominate the discussion of TTIP in the news. Bauer also notes how public opinion is, perhaps more than ever before, a matter of participation, with modern social media online barely playing a role for the traditional stakeholders of trade policy. Considering that 90 per cent of anti-TTIP online media penetration happens on Facebook and Twitter, this 'spiral of silence' should be considered when discussing public opinion. View

NATO Enlargement: Why a Fourth Round is Long Overdue

The events in the Ukraine over the last year and a half have led to some calls for a ceasing of NATO's successful enlargement process. However, this would be detrimental to the future stability and security of the Western Balkans region. As of 2015, Albania, Croatia and Slovenia are formal members of NATO. Why, therefore, should Montenegro and Macedonia not be the next states to join the alliance from this region? The fourth phase of NATO's enlargement should occur for a third time in the Western Balkans. View

Memo 49: Creating Cloud Norms While Keeping Innovation Alive

Memo 49: Our Cloud Theme Week looked at the ways in which current regulation on Cloud technology has fallen short or lagged behind innovative technological growth. As part of our new project "Transatlantic Digital Dialogue" we published five articles (February 9 – 13) on Cloud computing and its increasingly important role in business and consumer applications. View

Transparency and Clear Guidelines Can Help Regulators through the Fog

Cloud computing continues to grow and expand in use. But its inner workings -- the movement and properties of data within the cloud -- are opaque. Despite the existence of service level agreements, and some management tools (depending on the service model), there is often little scope for tenants, let alone end-users, to determine what happens inside a cloud service. The crucial next step in cloud evolution is transparency. View

The Integrated Approach to IT, Law, and Regulation

Cloud solutions are a major factor that could reduce infrastructure expenses and generate added value for countries and companies. Using an Integrated Approach we have opportunity to make Cloud technologies friendly and safe and to develop new opportunities for EU information storage and management while keeping the right balance between benefits and risks. View

Fast Technological Evolution Calls for Fast Law Development

Cloud computing is appearing to be the prevailing technological standard adopted by more and more companies and individuals across the world. This fast expansion of the Cloud naturally also calls for comprehensive and realistic regulation. However, without a useful working definition of the Cloud between the US and EU, and ways to measure tech trends economically, regulators will continue to fall behind the growth curve. View

Information Security: Governments, Jurisdictions and Privacy Regulations

As pressure from regulatory compliance increases, the modern Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) must take a progressively integrated and holistic approach towards information risk management. Organizations may have little or no control over the movement of their information, as cloud services can be provided by multiple suppliers moving information between data centers scattered across the globe. By implementing strong information security measures, the CISO is more likely to stay ahead of regulatory mandates. View

Data Protection and Privacy Law - Where Regulators Are King?

Across the world, data protection and privacy law is in a phase of rapid growth. As we move closer to the internet of things, living in a world of wearable tech, smart homes and smart cities, where every device is potentially personal and at the same time, universal, society must decide what rules should govern this world. What information should be considered personal data? View

Theme Week: Creating Cloud Norms While Keeping Innovation Alive

Cloud Computing and data privacy protection are becoming increasingly important subjects for policymakers and regulators to address, especially as technological capabilities are incorporated into every aspect of business and communication. Looking at ways to address cloud regulation includes many aspects. In addition, a critical component of the debate is finding the balance between regulations which protect against abuse while encouraging the innovation needed for economic growth. View

Possible Impacts of TTIP on Turkey

The impacts of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the EU and US are very crucial for their economies, but it is also obvious that TTIP will impact non-members as well. If Turkey is a part of TTIP, the relationship between Turkey and the EU would be more active. On the other hand, if Turkey is excluded from TTIP, there will be negative impacts for Turkey. In this article, the possible impacts of TTIP on the Turkish economy are examined. View