Earlier this month, German Chancellor Angela Merkel got the votes she needed to create a new coalition government. A coalition has formed between her own Christian Democratic Union (CDU/CSU) party and the Social Democratic Party (SPD). With this deal, Chancellor Merkel and her allies can resume building policies for Germany’s future.
Among the coalition agreement’s many goals is one to invest heavily in digitization and cyber research by 2021. Chancellor Merkel stressed the importance of adapting digital technology for better governance at this year’s World Economic Forum in Davos. This coalition deal proves that others . New measures are being proposed to improve Germany’s internet infrastructure, strengthen its cybersecurity, and create a “master plan” for AI policy – especially as China continues to advance its own AI sector.
In 2015, the Boston Global Forum presented Chancellor Merkel with the World Leader in Peace, Security, and Development Award. We at AIWS are excited to see new German initiatives in cyber and AI technology under Chancellor Merkel’s new government.