Common Ground broadcast Sept. 14, 2020: ‘Should Berlin become a tech hub?’

Should Berlin embrace its potential as a tech hub? Or will the German capital turn into a European version of San Francisco and Seattle? Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson and panelists see if they can find consensus on the issue of giant tech's impact on cities.


Show Broadcast Sept. 14, 2020: “Should Berlin become a tech hub?”


When Google announced plans to open a campus in the Berlin neighbourhood of Kreuzberg, local opposition was so loud that it ground the tech giant’s plans to a halt. A similar wave of protests hit Friedrichshain earlier this year against Amazon’s plans to make a 140 meter-tall office building its headquarters.

In this episode, host Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson is joined by Nina Monaghan, the vice-chairwoman of the Free Democratic Party (FDP) in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg; Yonatan Miller, co-founder of the Berlin Tech Workers Coalition, and freelance journalist and activist John Malamatinas.

This show was produced by Dina Elsayed.

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