Future Digital Policy and Sovereignty
Moderated by Carsten Knop, Editor-in-Chief of digital products at Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, this panel brought together Axel Voss, member of the European Parliament; Li Xin, Managing Director at Caixin Global; and Andrew Keen, author of How to Fix the Future. In a lively debate, the panelists discussed the future of Europe in the digital world, in particular in competition with the United States and China
“If we continue to work like this, we will become the digital colony”, said a concerned Axel Voss. While Europe has spent many years working on data protection and cybersecurity, Axel Voss called for the construction of “a digital single market strategy 2.0.” Andrew Keen disagreed, saying that the real goal ahead should be doing things differently and focusing on Europe’s existing strengths. “It’s not about competing with the Chinese and the U.S., because you will lose.”
Li Xin presented a Chinese perspective. “There is very strong potential from China to collaborate with Europe,” she said. “The U.S. and China are not on good terms, this will prompt China to look for more ways to work together with Europe.”
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
Carsten Knop became one of the publishers of Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung in April 2020. After studying business administration in Münster a traineeship at the F. A.Z. in 1993 led into the field of journalism. Knop moved to New York in 1999 as a business correspondent and later led the digital transformation of the newspaper.
Axel Voss is the coordinator of the conservative European People’s Party group (EPP) for the Committee on Legal Affairs in the European Parliament. He is also a deputy member of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs. Born in 1963, he studied law at the Universities of Trier, Freiburg and Munich. He then worked as a lawyer, civil advisor for the European Commission in Germany and as lecturer for European Affairs at the College of Koblenz.
Andrew Keen is one of the world’s best known and controversial commentators on the digital revolution. He has written five books including the best-selling Cult of the Amateur, The Internet Is Not The Answer and How To Fix The Future. He directed and wrote the 2020 movie How To Fix Democracy and is the host of the popular podcast Keen On Capitalism.
Li Xin is the Managing Director of Caixin Global. Before this, she was the Managing Editor of the Chinese Wall Street Journal and Chinese Dow Jones newswire. In 2006, she founded Caijing Magazine’s first bureau in the United States, as a correspondent of politics and economics. Li moved back to China in 2007 to head Caijing Magazine’s English website.