We opened up WEASA 2020 with an inaugural talk by Peter Chase, an expert at transatlantic affairs working with the German Marshall Fund. The conversation, entitled The Digital Transatlantic Rift, looked at why the EU and US often cannot agree on matters related to digital regulation. Both sides have different legal systems, political cultures, and competing ideas about competition and monopoly. Discussions about digital growth and privacy reach far beyond those regions alone: they have a profound impact on countries within the Eastern Partnership and Western Balkans, whose businesses must often keep to the rules created by bigger powers.