About this event

Techno-Politics vs Europe is a conference which aims to gather experts, practitioners, stakeholders, industry representatives, academics, and politicians to discuss how new and future technologies can influence traditional ‘policymaking’. Technology is the leitmotif on which the conference is organised, while the content on which it is based on the ‘Techno-Politics’ series, promoted, and published by the European Liberal Forum, with its three studies on: Digital Strategic Autonomy, 5G and 6G and Cybersecurity.

While a ‘reboot of the European operating system’ is needed in the field of new technologies, considering the internal market as the key factor for a truly digital future is the way to embed new and future technologies into our societies. At the same time, the conference is an opportunity for discussion (i.e., a ‘forum’), where the ideas and needs of the digital society are confronted with political actors.

14:30-15:15 Start of the event

• Welcoming speech – Dr. Antonios Nestoras, European Liberal Forum, Interim Executive Director, Head of Policy and Research Unit

• Keynote speech

Gulsanna Mamedieva, Director General of the European Integration Directorate, Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine

Laura Heuvinck, Spokesperson at the EU Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA)

15:15-16:45 Parallel Sessions

1. The Strategic Digital Autonomy

Chair: Prof. Gerard Pogorel & Antonios Nestoras

Speakers: Prof. Henry Ergas, University of Wollongong | Bargara Engels, German Economic Institute | Prof. Paul Timmers, University of Oxford | Juliana Koza, Qualcomm | Prof. Francesco Grillo, Vision think-tank, European University Institute (EUI)

2. Europe’s Future Connected

Chair: Erik Bohlin & Francesco Cappelletti

Speakers: Maria Alessandra Rossi, University of Chieti-Pescara | Christopher Yoo, University of Pennsylvania | Petri Ahokangas, University of Oulu | Erzsebet Fitori, Head of EU Affairs & Relations, Vodafone

16:45-17:00 Coffee break
17:00-18:30 Parallel Sessions 2

3. European Cybersecurity in Context

Chair: Prof. Luigi Martino, University of Bologna, Center for Cybersecurity (Florence)

Speakers: Francesca Spidalieri, Consultant, World Bank | Javier Villegas-Burgos, Deputy Head of the Brussels office, Vodafone | Alberto Zilio, AT&T | Marteen Tolen, Strategy Consultant | Arthur De Liedekerke, European Affairs Director, Rasmussen Global

4. Smart Parliaments

Chair: Prof. George Mikros, Hamad Bin Khalifa University (Doha)

Speakers: Guenter Schefbeck | Karen Melchior, MEP, Renew Europe Group | Prof. Francesco Grillo, Vision think-tank, European University Institute (EUI)

18:30-18:55 Launch of the ELF Studies and final remarks

Dr Antonios Nestoras, European Liberal Forum, Head of Policy and Research

Francesco Cappelletti, European Liberal Forum, Senior Officer Policy and Research Unit

18:55-21:00 “Techno-Apero” – Networking Reception
21:00 End of event
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