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2021 Czernin Security Forum: Digital Transformation in Europe after 2020: Adaptation in Cyberspace (ONLINE)

Together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, NATO and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung we would like to cordially invite you to our annual security conference. This year our distinguished guests will discuss "Digital Transformation in Europe after 2020: Adaptation in Cyberspace."

29. 11. 2021 (10:00)

Jazyk: English Online

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The world has experienced a rapid digital transformation with people working and accessing services online and communicating through digital means more than ever before because of the covid-19 pandemic. The 2021 annual Czernin Security Forum will focus on three key issues of cyber security related to developments that have become particularly sensitive recently: personal data, hacking of critical infrastructure, and online disinformation operations. 

Concerning personal data, CSF will focus on the relationship between the collection, protection, and dissemination of data. Experts will address questions raised by the public demand for privacy, and the attached security and political issues in relation to general surveillance and public health concerns. This leads to the need to pay attention to the issue of critical infrastructure protection. The digital transformation has brought changes faster and of a greater magnitude than ever before and many societies can find it difficult to adapt. Do governments and private actors have the capacity to protect critical infrastructure from hacking? What are the challenges and limitations?

Finally, online disinformation operations have proven to be a persistent source of polarization and radicalization across countries in Europe. The changing structure of disinformation campaigns threatens the security of democratic institutions and values. Societies are already dealing with unprecedently complex challenges: not only election hacks but the risk of deep disintegration of democratic policies in the conditions of post-truth politics enhanced by technologies, including algorithms determining choice architectures and deep fakes. How do states and individuals adapt to this new environment? The 2021 Czernin Security Forum will try to connect the three most sensitive aspects of cyber security to provide policymakers with advice and guidance in their future efforts to deal with this topic.  

The programme is subject to change.

Partners and co-sponsors: NATO's Public Diplomacy, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic

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10:00 - 10:25

Opening Remarks

Ondřej Ditrych Director, Institute of International Relations Prague
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Jakub Kulhánek Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic
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10:25 - 10:30

Video address

Věra Jourová Vice President, European Commission for Values and Transparency
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10:30 - 11:00

Keynote Speech

Tyson Barker Head of the Technology and Global Affairs programme, German Council on Foreign Relations
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11:15 - 12:45

Collection and Usage of Personal Data

In our everyday life, we give away our personal data for free, while using our laptops, or our smartphones. This personal data has been transformed into a precious commodity, especially in the recent years. All selfies, photos of food, puppies, babies we upload make technologies smarter and smarter. Our location histories tell big companies which stores we prefer, where we would like to go for a summer holiday. Moreover, our searches and browsing trajectories make tech companies know more about what we think than we are willing to share with people around us. Public authorities and scientists have increasingly relied on personal data collection in searching for answer related to COVID-19. Governments and private companies have used digital technologies to enable the tracking of the public’s symptoms, contacts, and movements. Who is collecting individuals’ data and how is it used?

Kristina Irion Associate Professor, Institute for Information Law, University of Amsterdam
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Matthias Leese Senior Researcher, Center for Security Studies (CSS), ETH Zurich
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Edina Heal Former Head of Google Hungary, Senior Advisor, Digital Transformation and Social Change Agent
Moderátor: Ondřej Ditrych Director, Institute of International Relations Prague
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13:45 - 15:15

Personal Data Protection. Ethics and Human Rights. 

From your browsing history to your precise location, from the apps you use to your Gmail account, all this data is collected by big tech companies. Do we agree or are we more often forced to agree with ‘terms and conditions’? Personal data protection in law enforcement has become more prominent in the recent years, as the number of cybercrime investigations, including cross-border ones, has increased exponentially. Meanwhile, standards of personal data protection (GDPR) have aimed at data protection oversight of law enforcement operations in cyberspace. How much are individuals protected in the cyberspace? What are the key ethical and human rights considerations in this new environment?

Josephine Ballon Researcher, HateAid, a non-profit organisation based in Germany
Cameran Ashraf The Head of Human Rights, Wikimedia Foundation
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Marco Krüger Researcher, University of Tübingen
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Markéta Gregorová MEP, Greens–European Free Alliance, the Czech Pirate Party 
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Moderátor: Cherine Hussein Senior Researcher, Institute of International Relations Prague
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15:30 - 17:00

Critical Infrastructure and Changing Cyber Threats

The digital transformation has brought changes faster and of a greater magnitude than ever before and many societies can find it difficult to adapt. In times of growing cyberthreats, CERTs/CSIRTs (Computer Emergency/Computer Security Incident Response Teams) have an important role in preventing cyber-attacks and in coordinating the technical response at national level. They may help in monitoring and reporting cybercrimes, in sharing technical information on ongoing or past attacks and in securing electronic evidence. Do governments and private actors have the capacity to protect critical infrastructure from hacking? What are the challenges and limitations?

George Jokhadze Project Manager, Cybercrime Programme Office, Council of Europe
Igor Kotsiuba CEO and Founder of iSolutions Labs, Cybersecurity R&D Agency in Ukraine and the UK
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Cristina Márquez Colás Senior Data scientist & PhD Cum Laude (UC3M + MIT) | MSc. Telecom Eng | Machine Learning, 5G, Network Slicing, Management
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Karel Řehka Director, National Cyber and Information Security Agency (NUKIB)
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Andreas Kuehn Senior Fellow, Observer Research Foundation America
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Moderátor: Linda Monsees Senior Researcher, Institute of International Relations Prague
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17:00 - 18:00

Online Networking

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The 2021 Czernin Security Forum is organised in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, NATO and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung.

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