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The Good Technology Collective (GTC), a new European think-tank addressing ethical issues in technology, will officially open its doors in Berlin on Dec. 15.

The grand opening will kick off at 7:30PM (CET) at Soho House Berlin and run until 2:00AM.

Founded by a group of technology enthusiasts led by 1aim Co-Founders Torben Friehe and Yann Leretaille, the GTC will serve as a crucial European forum for piloting technological advances in the 21st century. Through its Expert Council, it will bring together leading founders, engineers, scientists, journalists, and activists, who will research, generate conversation around, and offer counsel as to the societal impact of AI, virtual reality, Internet of Things, and data surveillance.

“We believe that there are ethical questions concerning how frontier technologies will affect our daily lives,” Leretaille said. “As a society, Europe deserves broad and accessible discussions of these issues, hosted by those who appreciate, understand, and worry about them the most.”

At the event, Friehe will host two in-depth hour-long fireside chats with Expert Council members Annie Machon and Anke Domscheit-Berg to discuss their lives and careers in data activism.

Machon, a former MI5 counterintelligence officer, resigned from the British secret service in the 1990s and went on the run after blowing the whistle on criminality within the UK intelligence agencies. She is an outspoken international voice against state surveillance and data collection.

Domscheit-Berg, an activist and member of Germany’s parliament with the Die Linke party, was raised in Eastern Germany where she was surveilled by the Stasi, the state security service. She has dedicated her professional life to educating the public about digitization and surveillance together with her husband Daniel Domscheit-Berg, the former spokesperson of WikiLeaks.

“We’re excited to finally open our doors,” Friehe said. “After our launch, we will hold bimonthly panels and roundtables, and also develop longer term educational initiatives aimed at informing younger generations about AI, algorithms, and data privacy – starting in Germany at the outset.”

For Those Interested in Attending:

Invitations are limited for the grand opening. Those interested in attending should send an e-mail with their first and last name, title, place of work, telephone number and contact e-mail to: rsvp@goodtechnologycollective.com; or, fill in the invitation form at: https://goo.gl/Xpndjk.
Personalized digital invitations will be sent to confirm submitted and approved requests.