Davos, January 24, 2018 – At a meeting of the University of Chicago during the World Economic Forum in Davos, former head of the Indian central bank Raghuram G. Rajan, CEO of Microsoft Satya Nadella, former US Secretary of the Economy Penny Pritzker and co-founder of the Carlyle Group David M. Rubenstein discussed “Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Society”.

In addition to the advantages and disadvantages of artificial intelligence, the exciting panel discussion also addressed the importance of data protection for the future of society. Satya Nadella of Microsoft advocates a worldwide, uniform legal framework for data protection and surprisingly spoke in favor of an extension of the Geneva Convention on data protection rights. He spoke openly about the problem of the Supreme Court lawsuit against Microsoft, which is to be decided in late June. In this lawsuit, the US Department of Justice demands the disclosure of data from citizens and businesses to US investigators – no matter what country this data is stored in, and no matter what laws prevail there. It is sufficient that the company managing the data operates within the USA. That would be an affront – some speak of a declaration of war against Europe in the field of data protection. Europe has adopted a citizen-friendly data protection regulation (EU-DSGVO / GDPR), which will enter into force on 25 May 2018. Presumably, the American way of “Big Brother is watching you everywhere” would mean the end of the use of American cloud services for European companies, as these would then be in conflict with European law; a big hit against Microsoft products like Office 365, OneDrive and Azure.

US Department of Commerce a.D. Penny Pritzker portrayed yet another example of the “Big Brother” credulity in which she personally struggled against legal backdoors in cryptography for six months. “That was total nonsense, an absolutely bad idea, you could even say one of the worst. It has cost us a lot of persuasion in the government that backdoors make no sense and only worsen national and international security rather than improve it. ”

According to Pritzker, Europe has taken its own path, which must be respected, while the US was not so progressive in this regard. Bob Zimmer (Dean of the University of Chicago) commented on the closing of the event at the World Economic Forum: “It’s even hard to get free speech at a university these days. The University of Chicago stands for “Free Speech,” but times are changing. “The result of a free exchange of ideas was that Chicago Booth is the world’s only business school that has three Nobel laureates teaching at the university.”

DRACOON CEO Alexander Zeyss participated as an Alumnus of Chicago Booth in the exchange of views at the World Economic Forum: “Secure software that protects intellectual property against criminals, spies, and governments is the future of a liberal society. Dissenters are their enemies. DRACOON will never accept backdoors. We would never bow and, as one of the fastest growing SaaS companies in Germany are leading the fight for privacy.”