Science, Not Fiction: Digital Innovation

Watch here SNF Digital Innovation – 3 June 2021

Who doesn’t like a good fiction novel about the future? It takes us to a distant land, centuries into the future and it shows us what the human race can achieve if it has the right conditions to flourish. Once we close the book and we think of the present day, we cannot help but wonder what needs to be done now in order for the human race to turn fiction into reality.

Join us on this journey of discovery and of realisation that the power to change our future for the better lies within us all. How can liberals foster innovation in Europe and reach new frontiers? We need not be scared of the future, but embrace its challenges and see how we can encourage and contribute to the creation of a liberal environment and mindset at the cutting edge of certain fields: digital, health, and hardware.

Innovation in almost any sector is advancing at a pace that we have not seen before and the digital sector is a prime example of the limitless nature of humans. What is new today will already be considered old next month. Liberals need to keep their eyes on the horizon and try to facilitate the creation of an innovative environment in which all sectors have everything they need to succeed and push the boundaries of science even further into space.

Europe seems to be falling behind in the competition of creating a thriving ecosystem for digital innovation. We risk becoming the readers of other geopolitical actor’s novel instead of writing our own.

How can we provide enough incentives to nurture digital innovation in Europe? How should the EU tax digital companies that operate on its territory? Where does the liability of actions in the digital domain lie? What is the most beneficial environment for citizens, entrepreneurs and companies? What can and should the EU do in order to transform fiction into science?

Speakers include:
Svenja Hahn, MEP, Renew Europe Group & First Vice-President, European Liberal Forum
Gerd Leonhard, Futurist and Humanist Author & CEO, Futures Agency
Hans-Christian Boos, CEO, Arago (AI Knowledge Automation)
Aura Salla, Public Policy Director & Head of EU Affairs, Facebook
Leonie Mueck, CPO, Riverlane
Dita Charanzová, MEP, Renew Europe Group & Vice-President of the European Parliament
Prof Sylvie Blanco, Executive Director for Innovation & Experimentation, Grenoble Ecole de Management
Ivars Ijabs, Member of the European Parliament, Renew Europe Group
Zoran Stančič, PhD,Hors Classe Adviser, DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CNECT), European Commission
Isidro Laso Ballesteros, Cabinet Expert on Innovation, Cabinet of Commissioner Mariya Gabriel, European Commission
Audrey Scozzaro Ferrazzini, Senior Director for Government Affairs, Qualcomm

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