The Digital Power Project’s third workshop was closed to the public and took place at ECFR’s London office on November 29th. We discussed ‘The Evolving Cyberthreat Landscape: From Utopia to Dystopia’ with representatives from the private and public sector, and had an in-depth discussion on ‘The State of Play of Internet Governance and the Role of Europe.'
Our third workshop was hosted at the NUMA start-up accelerator in Paris, France, on October 20th. In the first session we discussed ‘The Future of the Digital Industry in France’ with David Martinon, French Ambassador for Cyber diplomacy and the Digital Economy, and Raphaëlle Neyton, International Program Manager at NUMA. The second session explored the issues of ‘Privacy, Law Enforcement, and Security’ with representatives from CNIL, ANSSI, and Jan Neutze, Director of Cybersecurity Policy EMEA at Microsoft.
April saw the digital roadshow go to Berlin, where two productive brainstorming sessions were held. The first session began with a presentation of the project’s framing paper, “The New Great Game”, which outlines the project’s perspective on the digital challenges affecting geopolitics and geo-economics in Europe. The second session examined the German debate on digital issues.
On 9 December 2015, the digital project was officially launched in the first brainstorming workshop, which took place in Madrid. The first session of the workshop focused on the digital challenges Europe faces at the geopolitical and geo-economic level. The discussion explored the problems of the fragmented nature of the European digital market, inconsistent and unpredictable regulation, an inflexible labour market, inadequate venture capital for start-ups, the disengagement of policymakers, and the difficulty in distributing the wealth generated by the internet.