In the 21st century, those who control digital technologies are increasingly able to influence economic, societal and political outcomes. In this context, the growing ‘geopoliticisation’ of technology implies a paradigm change for the notion of strategic autonomy.
Free and open elections are the foundation of democratic societies. Protecting their integrity is thus an absolute priority. Amidst the recent surge in attempts to manipulate election outcomes – and with an eye to the 2019 European Parliament elections – the EPSC has compiled this unique collection of 35 original short essays from leading practitioners and experts, around the theme ‘Election Interference in the Digital Age: Building Resilience to Cyber-Enabled Threats’.
Innovation is advancing at an ever-faster speed in today’s digital age, with knowledge-based capital assuming higher importance, and digitally-savvy market players rise.
What are the main trends that are currently reshaping and disrupting innovation? How is the toolbox being redefined? What are the keys to success in a world where data, network effects and flexible talent are the new gold?
Cyberattacks are already occurring on a daily basis – in some cases even recognised as state-sponsored. Such aggressions are likely to be used with greater intensity and accuracy in the future – moving ever closer to the sphere of cyber wars. In this rapidly evolving context, the Union and its Member States need to anticipate and plan for extreme scenarios. Scaling up Europe’s cyber capabilities and furthering EU-wide cooperation is a major priority.
As the data revolution gains in speed, profoundly changing how value is created, data is and will increasingly be a decisive factor in the success or failure not only of businesses, but also of the economies that underpin them. Going forward, Europe needs to extend the regulatory and legal certainty afforded to personal data via the General Data Protection Regulation to the fast-growing area of non-personal data, and put in place a comprehensive policy blueprint to accelerate its performance in the global data economy.