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Digital Society Conference 2019

Sheep, Wolf, or Shepherd? Europe’s Role in a Digital World
Leaders, developers, and innovators from industrial, scientific, and governmental backgrounds will join to debate Europe's strengths and weaknesses in digitization and cybersecurity. How should Europe position itself in the global digital arena? How can it contribute to global security and stability? How should it respond to the US-China technology rivalry? How can Europe build digital champions? We will discuss these questions from political and technical perspectives.

Participation is free of charge. Individual registration is required.


December 9, 2019

The event will kick-off with an evening reception from 7-9PM.

SCHEDULE December 9, 2019

December 10, 2019

Six tracks, each offering a briefing and a panel (9AM - 6PM):

• European digital capabilities, persistent hurdles, and options to evolve
• Technology nationalism, digital sovereignty, and the open digital market
• Cybersecurity standards: Europe´s next big regulatory shot?
• The new AI in the military domain
• Cyber defense strategies for Europe – Embracing “Persistent Engagement”?
• The rise of digital authoritarianism

SCHEDULE December 10, 2019


ESMT Berlin
Schlossplatz 1, 10178 Berlin


How to get to ESMT Berlin

Meet the speakers

Julie Linn Teigland, Area Managing Partner, EY Europe, Middle East, India and Africa (EMEIA)
• Ambassador Rüdiger Bohn, Special Commissioner for Cyber Foreign and Security Policy, German Federal Foreign Office 
Dr. Stefan Hofschen, Managing Director, Bundesdruckerei
Iris Plöger, Member of the Executive Board, BDI
Dr. Sandro Gaycken, Director, Digital Society Institute
and many more...



Hotel Recommendations


• Werderscher Markt 11, 10117 Berlin
• Phone: +49 30 40 50 46-0

TITANIC Gendarmenmarkt Berlin

• Französische Straße 30, 10117 Berlin
• Phone: +49 30 2014 370-0

COSMO Hotel Berlin Mitte

• Spittelmarkt 13, 10117 Berlin
• Phone: +49 30 5858 2222


Dr. Shina-Nancy Erlewein

Scientific Coordinator, DSI
+49 30 21231-1651

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