EPSC

Election Interference in the Digital Age: Building Resilience to Cyber-Enabled Threats

#EUProtects
15 October 2018 to 16 October 2018

With a number of watershed elections on the horizon, including the 2018 mid-term elections in the United States and the 2019 European Parliament elections, how confident can we be in the resilience of our electoral processes and democracies? Are policymakers and institutions adapting fast enough to constantly evolving threats and technologies?

Under the patronage of Sir Julian King, European Commissioner for the Security Union, and in collaboration with the Security Union Taskforce, the European Political Strategy Centre organised a High-Level Conference on ‘Election Interference in the Digital Age: Building Resilience to Cyber-Enabled Threats’.

The High-Level Conference gathered leading experts from around the world to discuss these questions and how best to follow up on existing initiatives, such as the European Commission’s Communication ‘Tackling Online Disinformation: a European approach’ and the G7 Charlevoix Commitment on ‘Defending Democracy from Foreign Threats’. It also devoted time to showcasing some of the latest technologies and tools to emerge in election interference and protection, ranging from traditional cyberattacks and online disinformation campaigns to the use of innovative micro-targeting, big data and Artificial Intelligence.

In addition to the Conference’s two half-day sessions, a High-Level Member State Workshop, open only to Member States’ nominated representatives, was organised with the aim to bring together electoral commissions and cybersecurity officials, to exchange best practices and promote cooperation with a view to better securing election life-cycles in the digital age.

Speakers:


Ann
Mettler

Head, European Political Strategy Centre

Julian
King

Commissioner for the Security Union, European Commission

Věra
Jourová

Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, European Commission

Mariya
Gabriel

Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, European Commission

Dimitris
Avramopoulos

Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, European Commission

Tiina
Astola

Director-General, Directorate-General of Justice and Consumers, European Commission

Florian
Bachelier

Member and Premier Questeur of the National Assembly, La République En Marche, France

Steven
Brill

Co-Chief Executive Officer, NewsGuard

Guido
Caldarelli

Professor in Theoretical Physics, Sapienza University of Rome

Elizabeth
Carolan

Founder, Transparent Referendum Initiative, Ireland

Scott
Carpenter

Managing Director, Jigsaw

Elizabeth
Denham

Information Commissioner, United Kingdom

Anders
Fogh Rasmussen

Co-Chair of the Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity and former Secretary-General of NATO

John
Frank

Vice-President EU Government Affairs, Microsoft

Cristina
Frutos López

Head of European Operations, Elections, Indra

Stefan
Heumann

Director, Stiftung Neue Verantwortung, Germany

Philip
Howard

Professor of Internet Studies and Director of Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford

Frédéric
Journes

Director of International, Strategic and Technological Affairs, General Secretariat for Defence and National Security, France

Jennifer
Kavanagh

Associate Director, RAND Corporation, and Co-author of the report Truth Decay

Edvinas
Kerza

Vice-Minister of National Defence, Lithuania

H.E. Pavlo
Klimkin

Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ukraine

Bogusław
Liberadzki

Vice-President, European Parliament

Ciaran
Martin

Chief Executive Officer, National Cyber Security Centre, United Kingdom

Eva
Maydell

Member of the European Parliament, European People’s Party

Barend
Mons

Professor of BioSemantics and Founder, FAIR Data Initiative, Leiden University

Thomas
Myrup Kristensen

Managing Director EU Affairs and Northern Europe, Facebook

Matthias
Niessner

Professor and Head, Visual Computing Lab, Technical University of Munich

Olivier
Onidi

Deputy Director-General, Directorate General for Migration and Home Affairs, European Commission

Ruurd
Oosterwoud

Founder, DROG

Liisa
Past

Chief Research Officer Cyber Security Branch, Estonian Information System Authority

Ricken
Patel

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Avaaz

Fabrice
Pothier

Chief Strategy Officer, Rasmussen Global

Laura
Rosenberger

Senior Fellow and Director of the Alliance for Securing Democracy, German Marshall Fund of the United States

Vaidas
Saldžiūnas

Defence Editor and Media Expert on Disinformation, DELFI, Lithuania

Chloe
Smith

Minister for the Constitution, United Kingdom

Paweł
Świeboda

Deputy Head, European Political Strategy Centre, European Commission

Mikael
Tofvesson

Head of Global Monitoring and Analysis, Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency

Roberto
Viola

Director-General, Directorate-General of Communication, Networks, Content and Technology, European Commission

Shelley
Whiting

Director-General of Global Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Canada

Károly
Zsolnai-Fehér

Doctoral Researcher, Institute of Visual Computing & Human-Centered Technology, Technical University of Vienna