In reaction to the economic and social influence of global tech companies, the need for a European ‘digital public sphere’ which reflects European values is increasingly being voiced.
During the EIF debate organised on 4 November 2020, hosted by MEP and EIF Steering Committee Member Angelika Niebler and moderated by EIF Director General Maria Rosa Gibellini, panellists explored what is needed to create a digital ecosystem able to help European infrastructure, content and innovation to shine and how to support the competitiveness of EU companies at an international level.
The following speakers took part in the debate:
- Ulrich Wilhelm, Director General, Bayerischer Rundfunk; Member Board of Trustees Acatech (German National Academy of Science and Engineering)
- Gianpiero Lotito, Founder & CEO, FacilityLive; President of the European Tech Alliance (EUTA)
- Wolfgang Kopf, SVP, Group Public & Regulatory Affairs at Deutsche Telekom AG
- Michael Bültmann, Managing Director, HERE Germany