WHAT IS REMIT ABOUT?
Multilateralism and transnational democracy are under threat on many fronts, most recently from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the unknown powers of AI. The very nature of global problem solving is being called into question and existing international governance structures are struggling to address the unique challenges posed by AI. REMIT aims to re-mobilize a transnational collective spirit that addresses global challenges through technology.
Firstly, because of technology’s effect on economic competitiveness.
Secondly, tech is important to national security including threats to democratic principles.
Thirdly, technology is crucial to the solutions for global challenges.
The REMIT project will create knowledge that generates policy recommendations that support the EU in re-conceptualizing multilateral governance in four crucial policy areas: digital, health bio, security and defence, and financial technologies. The lack of comprehensive, multilateral tech regulation represents material national security threats to the EU and its allies by allowing others (especially China) to set the rules for the digital future. Moreover, the four technology areas are instrumental in finding solutions to all important current global challenges, including climate, the rise of inequalities, ageing and disabilities, migrations, health pandemics, and the spread of disinformation or the manipulation of public opinion.
In innovative scenario testing workshops with EU officials, important regional groupings and national administrators, REMIT will design policy recommendations that will give a remit to reignite multilateralism via technology. A reigniting that not only reacts to China’s rise as a systemic technology rival or Russia’s potential as a technology abuser or the dominance of large U.S.-based digital platforms, but that sets a clear vision for the future—one in which Europe plays a leading role with its most important partners.
WHY IS REMIT RELEVANT?
The REMIT research group focuses on technology policy and has the potential to play a crucial role in promoting multilateralism and addressing global challenges related to technology. By conducting rigorous research, promoting evidence-based policymaking, fostering global cooperation, and raising awareness about the importance of multilateralism, the research group can help ensure that technology policies are aligned with the needs and values of people around the world.