Digital Enlightenment Forum - Policy and Strategy Debates
Security, Trust in Online Services and Data Protection in Europe

Digital Enlightenment Forum VzW (DEF) has started on 21st May 2014 a number of high level policy and strategy debates concerning subjects including: Cyber Security, Trust in Online Services, Protection of European Data. In these debates we bring together thought leaders in technology, science, policy and industry to discuss and help guide the development of European policy and strategy for the digital age, taking into account the global perspectives and the global position of Europe economically and politically. How can Europe develop consistent policy on often seemingly incompatible goals and ensure security and trust of its citizens in a flourishing digital society, whilst playing its role as a reliable partner in an open global economy.

This first debate for a restricted group including DEF members and high level invitees was hosted by Deloitte in Brussels and concerned:

Cyber Security – Risks and Opportunities for Europe’s Economy

The revelations of Snowden have caused worries and strong political debate. Neelie Kroes, vice-president of the European Commission, said at the CeBit Global Conference (according to re/code): Snowden gave us a wake-up call. Let’s not snooze through it. Citizens in the EU are asking how their cyber space can be secured if in the global economy so much data is being managed by non-EU companies, which have to comply with laws and rules of other countries.

Europe is struggling with the rules for an open digital society. We must protect ourselves against the dangers in cyber space, but cannot become protectionists in the economic space.

These dilemmas will be discussed in this first DEF Policy and Strategy Debate within a limited group of invitees representing policy, industry and academia.

DEF has given attention to these dilemmas in its conferences in 2012 and 2013 as well as in the two DEF yearbooks in these years. With this Policy and Strategy Debate we now want to raise the discussion to another level, bringing decision makers together in an effort to develop concrete recommendations on steps forward to assure European Cyber Security in a flourishing global economy.


14.00 – 14.20     Welcome by the host, Erik van Zuuren, Director Deloitte, Brussels
Introduction to the topic by the Chair
, George Metakides, President DEF

Session 1: Introduction to EU Cyber Security Policy

14.20 – 14.40     EU Policy on Cyber Security, dilemmas and progress, Raffaele Di Giovanni Bezzi, EC/CNECT-Trust and Security

14.40 – 15.00     ENISA Policy and Actions, Vangelis Ouzounis, HoU Secure Infrastructure & Services, ENISA

15.00 – 15.15     Q&A

Session 2: Views from practice

15.40 – 16.00     Cyber Security Technology and Innovation Opportunities, Eric Blot-Lefevre, Director of the Board Association Forum ATENA

16.00 – 16.20     EU Cyber Crime Scene, Troels Oerting Joergensen, Head of European Cybercrime Centre (EC3)

16.20 – 16.40     EU security in a global economy, Prof. Gillian Youngs, Digital Economy, Univ Brighton, UK

16.40 – 17.00     Q&A

Session 3: Plenary Debate

17.00 – 17.50     European Cyber Crime Policy: How to make Progress in Europe

17.50 – 18.00     Closing Discussion and wrap up


Besides the speakers given on the agenda above, participants included: Tony Graziano (Huawei), Jacqui Taylor (FlyingBinary), Andra Giurgiu (SnT, Univ Luxembourg), Michel Riguidel (ParisTech), David Luengo (INDRA), Jacques Bus (DEF), David Goodman (EEMA), Yves Lagoude (Thales), Aad van Moorsel (Newcastle Univ), Gerben Klein Baltink (Dutch Security Council).


Malcolm Crompton: Part of the resolution of these issues depends on sound application of the 4As framework:  analysis, authority, accountability, appraisal. 




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How can digital technology best be used to express and develop our identities in an integrated on/offline world.

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Digital Enlightenment Forum 2013
18 - 19
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22 - 24
DEF at "Trust in the Digital World"
DEF Debates - Cyber Security for Europe

DEF Publications

DEF YEARBOOK 2014 - Social Networks and Social Machines, surveillance and Empowerment
To appear in November 2014

The value of personal data has traditionally been understood in ethical terms as a safeguard for personality rights such as human dignity and privacy.

This first Yearbook gives an excellent impression of the broad spectrum DEF covers and a view on its multidisciplinarity.

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