On 29 May 2019, the German Federal Foreign Office and re:publica, the organisers of Europe’s largest internet and digital society conference, invite you to the first Future Affairs conference in Berlin. This year’s kick-off event is going in-depth on the topic “Digital Revolution: Resetting Global Power Politics?”

Germany’s Foreign Minister Heiko Maas will open the conference with the President of the Republic of Costa Rica Carlos Alvarado Quesada. The one-day event will be examining the urgent issues raised by the digital transformation and its effects on foreign policy and security policy.

What opportunities and challenges does the digital revolution bring about for democracies? What effects can be expected on geopolitical balances of power? How does this transformation influence the stability of nations and current international security structures?

Distinguished guests from around the world will be critically examining these and other questions in moderated panels and workshops and present new approaches and future scenarios. Using the unique re:publica format, Future Affairs will promote open, transdisciplinary dialogue and offer unusual networking opportunities. Around eight hundred international participants from politics, science and academia, the arts and civil society will engage in an exchange of ideas about the future trends of digitisation and develop concepts on shaping the politics of tomorrow.

Latin America and the Caribbean are partner regions for the event.