Digital dictates: What digital priorities should the next European Commission set?

The next European Commission faces a broad array of challenges in regulating the evolving digital world. What are the ethical implications of artificial intelligence, how can you regulate competition and what are the implications for diversity in the digital era? In a discussion with France’s State Secretary for Digital Affairs Mounir Mahjoubi we look ahead to the EC priorities after the European Parliament elections in May.

Mounir Mahjoubi is Secretary of State for Digital Affairs for France. From 2016 to 2017, Mahjoubi served as President of the National Digital Council, where he led projects focusing on the digital transformation of small and medium-sized companies, universities and on digital inclusion. In October 2018, he also joined the team of the Ministry of Economy and Finances, which steers France’s efforts regarding the regulation of the digital economy and society.

Stephanie Kaiser is Founder and Managing Director of the digital health platform Heartbeat Labs. With more than 12 years of experience in building and developing digital, consumer-oriented products and diverse teams, she is responsible for the areas of product development, engineering, marketing, BI, and venture execution. Since 2018, she is advising the German government in her role as Member of the Digital Council.


Slava Jankin Mikhaylov is Professor of Data Science and Public Policy at the Hertie School. He is the Director of the Hertie School Data Lab (in development). His research and teaching is primarily in the field of natural language processing and machine learning. Before joining the Hertie School faculty, he was a Professor of Public Policy and Data Science at University of Essex, holding a joint appointment in the Institute for Analytics and Data Science and Department of Government.