The Tech Fit 4 Europe podcast

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How can technology tackle climate change or improve healthcare? What responsibility should tech companies take for how their solutions are used? And will the geopolitics of tech reshape our world order? These are just some of the issues we will explore in our new podcast, bringing together diverse perspectives on how to make Tech Fit 4 Europe. Join Casper Klynge, Microsoft’s Vice President of European Government Affairs, in conversation with the people behind the policies that shape our use of technology.

EP09: Twin transition or double trouble? A Portuguese EU Presidency betting on green and digital

Portugal took over the EU Presidency at a particularly difficult moment: the COVID-19 pandemic and its socio-economic consequences present an unprecedented challenge for the EU and its Member States. In this episode, Casper Klynge and Augusto Santos Silva discuss Europe’s plans to deliver economic recovery while transitioning to a digital and green economy.

Augusto Santos Silva is Portugal’s Minister for Foreign Affairs. He is also a Professor at the University of Porto.

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EP08: Open minds? How data & diversity can change the digital economy

The pandemic has provided countless examples of rapid progress and scientific advances that would not have been possible without an open and collaborative approach to data. In this episode, Microsoft’s Jennifer Yokoyama talks about the data divide and also the need for technology companies to focus on making diverse groups feel included. 

Jennifer Yokoyama is Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, IP Group at Microsoft, as well as board director for the nonprofit ChIPs, which aims to connect women working in technology, law and policy. 

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EP07: Faith in AI: A dialogue on ethics and technology

As a Franciscan monk and Professor of Moral Theology, Bioethics and Neuroethics at the Gregorian Pontifical University in Rome, Father Paolo Benanti is an expert in both ethics and technology.

A specialist in robotics, digital ethics and their implications for human values, he participated in the launch of the Rome Call for AI Ethics in February 2020. Signatories, including Microsoft, agree that artificial intelligence tools must be developed with the protection of humankind and our natural environment in mind.

Speaking with Casper Klynge for the #TechFit4Europe podcast, the author of Homo Faber: The Techno-Human Condition says there are many ways that religion and technology can learn from each other.  

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EP06: Game [not] over: Connecting the disconnected

While the pandemic confined people to their homes, gaming has helped to create both community and learning opportunities. According to British journalist and author Keith Stuart, the increasing interactivity and inclusivity of video games is now giving them meaning and value for a whole range of new audiences. 

Keith Stuart is The Guardian’s video games correspondent and best-selling author of A Boy Made of Blocks, Days of Wonder and The Frequency of Us. 

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EP05: A symbolic 13th German EU presidency: Navigating uncharted waters

When Germany took the helm of the EU Council in July 2020, Europe was in the eye of the COVID-19 storm. In this episode, German politician Dorothee Bär reflects on the crisis and its long-lasting impact, and explains why Germany’s Presidency has heralded technology as the cornerstone for Europe’s post-pandemic recovery.  

Dorothee Bär is a member of the German Bundestag for the Christian Social Union of Bavaria (CSU) and State Minister for Digitization at the Federal Chancellery.  

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EP04: New US administration: New approach to global affairs & tech?

The coronavirus pandemic has reshaped the world in many ways. In this episode, acclaimed political analyst Ian Bremmer talks about the geopolitics of technology, and how the competing visions from China and America are influencing Europe’s role on the global stage.  

Ian Bremmer is the president and founder of Eurasia Group, a political-risk consultancy, and of digital media firm GZERO. 

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EP03: The geopolitics of COVID-19

In this episode, Colin Kahl from Stanford University joins us to discuss how the pandemic impacts global governance and multilateralism, and the role technology companies should play in enabling a global recovery.  

Colin H. Kahl is co-director of the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University and formerly served as Deputy Assistant to President Obama and National Security Advisor to Vice President Biden.  

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EP02: Breaking down the “Brussels Effect” 

Brussels policymakers are playing an increasingly important role in shaping global standards for technology and other areas. In this episode, hear from Professor Anu Bradford on the so-called ‘Brussels Effect’ and how the policies set in Europe impact the entire world.  

Anu Bradford is Professor of Law and International Organization at Columbia Law School. She is the author of “The Brussels Effect: How the European Union Rules the World” (2020). 

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EP01: Greening Europe’s recovery 

The EU is focused on enabling a green economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. From increasing green investments to supporting the roll-out of carbon neutral technology, MEP Pascal Canfin weighs in on how to realize Europe’s green ambitions and the role the private sector must play.  

Former French Minister for Development Pascal Canfin is currently serving as a Member of the European Parliament and chair of the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee 

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**The views, information, or opinions expressed during the series are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of Microsoft**