While global challenges are addressed by national governments, increasingly subnational actors such as states, communities, and cities have needed to step up to take action when traditional nation-states have been unable to progress due to political polarization and partisan gridlocks. This trend has also characterized transatlantic relations and the German-American partnership. The German-American State Legislator Dialogue draws on this notion, focusing on the role of state representatives from the United States and Germany in addressing common transatlantic challenges.
In recent years, the digitalization of government services and administration has become increasingly crucial for the state-level to ensure efficient and effective service delivery. This is particularly relevant in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has further accelerated the need for remote and digital access to government services, from filing tax returns to renewing a driver’s license or applying for social welfare benefits. In this discussion as part of the series State-to-State: German-American State Legislator Dialogue, we will explore the benefits of digitalization and what steps state legislators in Germany and the United States have taken to promote the digitalization of government services and administration. Alternatively, in order for these efforts to be well-received, what measures are being taken to ensure that citizens are willing and able to embrace a shift to e-government? What steps are being taken towards digital literacy and equitable, broad access? State legislators on both sides of the Atlantic will also explore the challenges and concerns that accompany the digitalization of government services, including how to protect citizens’ privacy and data and address cybersecurity concerns. This event aims to share insights on digital transformation strategies and focus on how best practices from the state level in one country may be implemented or mirrored in another.
Join the American Council on Germany and the Aspen Institute Germany for our next State-to-State: German-American State Legislator Dialogue for a discussion with German and American state legislators including Eva Botzenhart (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen), Bürgerschaft Hamburg; Ellen Demuth (CDU), State Parliament of Rhineland-Palatinate; Representative Parenti (D), Colorado General Assembly; Senator Bo Watson (R), Tennessee General Assembly.