19 July 2022
7:00 pm
Public Lecture Tech & Society: «Technology in times of pandemic and war»
Auditorio Espacio Fundación Telefónica

Public Lecture Tech & Society: «Technology in times of pandemic and war»


Aspen Institute España,  in collaboration with Fundación Telefónica, hosted last July, 19th at 7.00 pm, the second public lecture of the VI Edition of the Tech & Society Program with Javier Espinoza, Financial Times EU Correspondent in Brussels, moderated by Raquel Jorge Ricart, Analyst at Elcano Royal Institute, and Alumni of the last edition of the Tech & Society Program.

Brussels has passed two pieces of legislation: the Digital Services Act (DSA) and the Digital Markets Act (DMA) to put an end to the impunity of big tech companies. But will these new laws do any good or have they come too late? What should be the role of technology in our lives after Covid? What should be the rules of the game to try to prevent the dissemination of false information on social media?

During the public lecture, Javier Espinoza discussed these key questions and offered an overview of how the rules of the internet, which are being updated for the first time in more than two decades, are going.




This event was held in Spanish. It was also streamed and could be followed on social media with the hashtag #TechSociety.



Javier Espinoza is the FT’s EU Correspondent covering competition and digital policy from Brussels. Prior to that he was the paper’s Private Equity Correspondent in London. He was part of the original group of reporters that formed the FT’s Due Diligence newsletter in 2017. He was the Daily Telegraph’s Education Editor for two years prior to joining the Financial Times. Before joining the Telegraph in 2015, he was a multimedia reporter for the Wall Street Journal in London. He’s done stints at Forbes, the Observer and other UK and international outlets. He studied journalism at City University. He is also a Political Economist having completed a second Master’s degree at King’s College London.



Raquel Jorge is a researcher at the Elcano Royal Institute and is in charge of the technology and digital policy agenda. As a Fulbright Fellow on a grant from the US-Spain Fulbright Commission, she holds a Master’s degree in Security Policy, with a specialization in technology and cybersecurity, from the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University (Washington DC). She also holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, and a double degree in Sociology and Political Science and Public Administration from the University of Valencia and Université Paris X. She has worked as a consultant for the European Commission on technology policy issues. She has also worked with technical assistance in the planning of the National Technology Strategy and Global Order on technology diplomacy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; on digital public policy projects at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, and at a UK consultancy firm working on foresight methodologies for governments and international institutions. She has worked as a consultant for various public, private and social sector entities in Spain, the United States, and France, and has advised Permanent Delegations to the EU on technology issues. She is a member of the Younger Generation Leaders Network of the European Leadership Network, whose core members include former Heads of Government, Ministers and prominent EU representatives. She has been recognized as one of the Young Leaders in Europe in the “35 Under 35” list by Santander Bank-CIDOB. She contributes to the media and regularly appears as a speaker.


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VI Edition of the Tech & Society Program

Aspen Institute España and Fundación Telefónica launched the VI Edition of the Tech & Society Program. The VI edition will bring together leaders from all sectors of civil society to discuss the new technological challenges and their influence in areas as diverse as human relations, politics, education, culture, economics and medicine

Tech & Society Program has become the main forum in Spain for reflection on the major issues raised by advances in digital technologies. The fifth edition will gather different leaders from all sectors of civil society to discuss the new technological challenges and their influence in areas as diverse as human relations, politics, education, culture, economics and medicine.

Leigh Hafrey, Professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management, Sandy Parakilas, Chief Strategy Officer for the Center for Humane Technology, who recently appeared in the Netflix documentary “The Social Media Dilemma”, Cathy O’Neil, author of Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens DemocracyBeth Noveck, director of The Gov Lab and professor in the Technology, Culture, and Society department at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering, and who led the Obama Administration’s Open Government Initiative, are some of the speakers who have participated as speakers through the Tech & Society Program throughout its different editions.

You can access former interviews and conferences of the Program on our  YouTube channel.


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  • Raquel Jorge
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