The pace at which technology is transforming the world today is unprecedented. Digital solutions are helping economies to grow, businesses to become more efficient, and people to be more productive in everyday life. But the digital sphere also creates challenges and the need for better regulation—the scope of which is intensely debated. Discussions during this event focused on how to devise policies for the digital age that maximize the value of technology while preserving the values we hold timeless.

Carnegie Europe, in partnership with Microsoft and in association with the Dutch Presidency of the EU, hosted an event gathering 250 experts from the European institutions, EU member states, think tanks, NGOs, and the private sector. The event featured keynote remarks by Brad Smith, President and Chief Legal Officer of Microsoft, and Věra Jourová, European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers, and Gender Equality.

Speakers included Olivier Burgersdijk, Head of Strategy of the European Cybercrime Centre at Europol, Wouter Jurgens, Head of the Cyber Security Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, and Vincent Richardson, Chief Information Officer of Concern Worldwide. Forthcoming reports on cybergovernance by Carnegie Europe’s Sinan Ülgen and on the economic and socioeconomic impacts of the Internet of Things by Forrester were also launched at the event.

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Agenda

12:30 to 13:30 p.m.
Networking lunch

1:30 to 1:40 p.m.
Welcome
John Frank, Vice-President for EU Government Affairs at Microsoft
Jan Techau, Director of Carnegie Europe

1:40 to 2:10 p.m.
High-level keynotes
Věra Jourová, European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers, and Gender Equality
Brad Smith, President and Chief Legal Officer of Microsoft

2:10 to 3:10 p.m.
High-level panel: Maximising the Value of Technology While Preserving Values We Hold Timeless
Constance Bommelaer, Senior Director of Global Internet Policy at the Internet Society
Luciano Floridi, Professor of Philosophy and Ethics at the University of Oxford
Vincent Richardson, Chief Information Officer of Concern Worldwide
Brad Smith, President and Chief Legal Officer of Microsoft
Moderator: Jan Techau, Director of Carnegie Europe

3:10 to 3:30 p.m.
Coffee break

3:30 to 4:45 p.m.
Break-out Session I: Governing Cyberspace: A Road Map for Transatlantic Leadership (launch of a Carnegie Europe report)
Wouter Jurgens, Head of the Cyber Security Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands
Heli Tiirmaa-Klaar, Head of Cyber Policy Coordination at the European External Action Service
Sinan Ülgen, Visiting Scholar at Carnegie Europe
Moderator: Jan Neutze, Cybersecurity Policy Director, Microsoft

Break-out Session II: Socio-Economic Implications of the Internet of Things (launch of a Forrester study)
Thibaut Kleiner, Head of Unit for Network Technologies at the Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content, and Technology of the European Commission
Prof. Christopher Millard, Professor of Privacy and Information Law at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies of the Queen Mary University of London
Paul Miller, Senior Analyst at Forrester
Moderator: Jochem de Groot, Government Affairs Lead, Microsoft Benelux

4:45 to 5:00 p.m.
Break

5:00 to 6:00 p.m.
High-level panel: Solving the New Privacy Rubik’s Cube
Olivier Burgersdijk, Head of Strategy of the European Cybercrime Centre at Europol
John Frank, Vice-President for EU Government Affairs at Microsoft
Michael Olmsted, Senior Counsel for the EU and International Law Enforcement Matters, United States Mission to the EU
Isabelle Vereecken, Privacy and Data Protection Legal Advisor, Belgian Data Protection Authority
Moderator: Frances Robinson, Freelance Journalist

6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Cocktail reception