Ultra-fast 5G broadband cellular connectivity will advance a host of the technologies of the future and spur new economic opportunities. Yet realizing the technology’s full potential will require minimizing dependencies and vulnerabilities in 5G networks that use proprietary technologies from potentially untrustworthy venders. The German IT Security Act 2.0 aims to exclude untrustworthy providers through a combination of technical and political evaluations. The United States has long called for stricter government oversight of 5G supply chains and recent initiatives such as Open RAN create new opportunities for transatlantic 5G policy cooperation. As both countries chart their digital technology policies for the future, including 5G, the United States and Germany have important opportunities to cooperate but will also need to manage their differences.
The workshop will be divided into two sessions. The first session will focus on how the Biden administration is approaching digital technology regulation and competition and its implications for transatlantic relations. The second will look at the evolution of German policies, especially the IT Security Act 2.0 and how it applies to 5G. Dr. Melissa Griffith, Public Policy Fellow, Science and Technology Innovation Program at the Wilson Center, and Dr. Sven Herpig, Director for International Cybersecurity Policy at Stiftung Neue Verantwortung, will deliver input statements at the beginning of the two respective sessions.