Reflections on the U.S.-EU TTC: Progress on Transatlantic Digital Policy – But Controversial Issues Remain

By Mort Skroejer and Paul Lekas

There is much to celebrate about the second ministerial meeting of the U.S.-EU Trade and Technology Council (TTC), held on May 16 in Paris-Saclay, France. Relations between the U.S. and the EU have vastly improved in the past year. Contacts at all levels of government are more frequent, and they are marked by a genuine desire to work constructively toward finding solutions to common challenges. But there is also room for improvement. After two rounds of high-level meetings, the TTC is approaching a point where the parties will need to move beyond the low-hanging fruit and show measurable progress on some of the thornier issues in the transatlantic relationship around digital governance.

The second TTC meeting took place in the shadow of the brutal and illegal Russian invasion of Ukraine. Tragic as it is, the invasion provided an opportunity to reaffirm the importance of the transatlantic relationship, pursue policies based on “shared democratic values” and, with astonishing speed, agree to implement debilitating sanctions and export control measures aimed at the Putin regime.

The U.S.-EU Joint Statement outlines a robust agenda for pursuing alignment on tech and digital policy.  SIIA is pleased that the ministerial adopted recommendations we advocated for with U.S. and EC officials. Importantly, the TTC announced that it will undertake concrete steps to further a risk-based approach to artificial intelligence (AI) that builds on the critical work being done by the OECD, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and standards development organizations.This will enable regulators to better assess AI systems for safety, security, trustworthiness, and bias. 

In addition, as suggested by SIIA, the TTC will pursue a common project around privacy enhancing technologies (PETs). The PET category includes technologies that are designed to protect the privacy and security of sensitive information. The reason PETs are so important is that they can serve as an integral part of a democratic model of emerging technology, and act as a counter to an authoritarian model preferred in some countries that sacrifices privacy, trust, safety, and transparency.

The TTC was not going to be able to solve every trade or technology-related irritant in the transatlantic relationship in the first year of its existence. And there is much to commend governments on both sides for all that has been accomplished so far. But after two successful meetings, it is also important to be clear-eyed about the challenges that lie ahead.

There remain challenges in the transatlantic relationship around digital policy. Critically, the EU has moved forward with a series of regulations that will make it more difficult to pursue a shared vision of democratic technology governance. These include the Digital Markets Act and the Digital Services Act, which would create barriers to U.S. companies and carry risks to international security. In addition, the recently proposed Data Act compounds these challenges and would impose restrictions on international transfers of information well beyond those that led to the invalidation of the Privacy Shield and have imperiled transatlantic commerce. 

Forging closer bonds and reestablishing trust are important accomplishments in the first year of the TTC. But building on these early successes by delivering more concrete results will be important for the next round of talks in December.

SIIA’s recommendations for the second TTC ministerial are summarized here. And the joint U.S.-EU Joint Statement following the talks can be found here.


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NewSky XR Brings the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) CODiE Awards Winner Announcements into the Metaverse

SIIA Press Contact: Jenny Baranowski

NewSky XR Brings the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) CODiE Awards Winner Announcements into the Metaverse

For Immediate Release: 

Washington, DC – Today, SIIA announced that it will be leveraging NewSky XR’s cutting-edge immersive event platform to take the signature CODiE Awards into the metaverse for the winner announcements, scheduled June 8th and 9th. 

Known as the “Oscars” of the software industry, the CODiE Awards are presented annually by SIIA to top software, information, ed tech and business products, teams and leaders. 

“We are thrilled to work with NewSky XR on this year’s CODiE Award winner announcement party. Our partnership will provide revelers an opportunity to interact and engage in the metaverse,” said Jennifer Baranowski, Managing Director of the CODiE Awards. “NewSky XR ‘s platform not only personifies the best of the CODiEs – representing cutting edge technology – but offers everyone involved an exceptional experience.”

This year’s CODiE Award winner announcement will also feature a pre show and afterparty in the NewSky XR New York Rooftop location in the metaverse, providing a whole new level of virtual interactivity and participant engagement. 

Event participants can log in to NewSky XR’s secure online platform and customize avatars with video screen heads to network with industry leaders in a high-fidelity, rich texture, photo-realistic environment. The event is free to attend, but pre-registration is required. Learn more about pre-registration at

“We’re excited to be a part of the team that takes the CODiE Awards into the metaverse, a computing platform that will be as transformative to society and industry as the mobile phone.” said Tim Weisbrod, Chief Technology Officer at NewSky XR.

About the SIIA CODiE™ Awards
The SIIA CODiE Awards is the only peer-reviewed program to showcase business and education technology’s finest products and services. Since 1986, thousands of products, services and solutions have been recognized for achieving excellence. For more information, visit
About NewSky XR
NewSky XR creates digital worlds that cultivate authentic interaction. The company’s award-winning SaaS platform hosts meetings and events for Fortune 500 companies, industry associations, national sports organizations, and celebrities. NewSky XR produces training sessions, job fairs, product launches, annual meetings, celebrations, social gatherings, and more. Founded in 2020, the company has merged the best and brightest gaming technology innovators with a team of leading corporate business meeting, communication, and learning experts to create a virtual event platform that takes participant engagement to the next level. NewSky XR provides a level of realism and immersion that cannot be achieved in alternative video conferencing and virtual event platforms. Visit to learn more.
About SIIA
SIIA is the only professional organization connecting more than 450 data, financial information, education technology, specialized content and publishing companies. Our diverse members provide the critical data, content, and information that drives the global economy, informs financial networks, connects learners and educators, and drives innovation. Learn more at
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The Hill Quotes Lekas on State Social Media Censorship Bills

The Hill quoted SIIA’s head of public policy and government affairs, Paul Lekas, in a piece about the rise of state legislative proposals designed to restrict the ability of social media platforms to moderate user content. Lekas explained that the bills are content-based restrictions that run afoul of the First Amendment: “The First Amendment applies to state action, and these companies are not arms of the state.” He raised concerns about state-level regulation of internet content and the risk of “a large number of class-action strike suits where harm is mostly theoretical” leading ultimately to costs that will be passed onto internet users. The article can be found here.



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SIIA Statement on Internet for All Initiative

The following statement is attributed to Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) President Jeff Joseph regarding today’s announcement of the launch of the Biden Administration’s Internet for All Initiative, which will invest $45 billion to provide affordable high-speed internet and related training for all Americans:

“The Internet for All Initiative is a critical and welcome advancement in the ongoing effort to close the technology equity gap in the United States. Broadband equity is achieved when all Americans and our communities are able to access and use affordable, high-speed, reliable internet at speeds, quality and capacity necessary to ensure everyone can participate in and reap the benefits of the digital economy.Through this program, the Commerce Department wisely seeks to engage every level of government, as internet needs vary by state.

“Importantly, this initiative recognizes that access to quality broadband is just one piece of addressing the tech equity gap. Funding for State Digital Equity Act programs will support needed digital literacy and skills training that will help traditionally underserved communities use technology confidently, creatively and critically, preparing members of these communities to meet the demands and challenges of life, learning and work in a digital society.

“Advancing digital equity is a core focus for SIIA. Removing barriers to elevate opportunities for all individuals will lead to the creation of new businesses, foster economic growth and expand access to technology itself. It also will generate educational, employment and social engagement opportunities technological innovation can foster. We thank Congress for providing this funding through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and to Commerce Secretary

Raimondo, NTIA Administrator Davidson, and all those across the Biden Administration for launching this vital program.”