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EU Cybersecurity in the age of Digital Sovereignty - Taking back control?

When: Wednesday, November 16, 2022, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Where: University of London Institute in Paris 11 Rue de Constantine 75007 Paris France

Join the Queen Mary University of London faculty for the lecture by Helena Farrand Carrapico, Professor of International Relations and European Politics at Northumbria University, who specialises on European Union internal security governance.

Drawing on her recent publications and her current ESRC grant on EU cybersecurity policy, Helena will reflect on the emergence of the concept of digital sovereignty, which has been gaining momentum in the EU’s political and policy discourses over the past few years, and how the discourse and practices of digital sovereignty are redefining European security integration.

How can we understand digital sovereignty and why is it relevant? Why is the EU making use of the concept of sovereignty, a traditional notion of modern statecraft? What kind of cybersecurity actor does the EU want to become? What is the impact of Brexit on this area?

Speakers:

Keynote Speaker: Helena Farrand-Carrapico is Jean Monnet Chair and Professor of International Relations and European Politics at Northumbria University. She is also the Research Director of the Social Sciences Department. Her research focuses on the governance of the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice, including the governance of the UK-EU internal security relationship post-Brexit. Her research is published in high-ranking Social Sciences journals, such as the Journal of Common Market Studies, the Journal of European Integration, Geopolitics, European Security, European Foreign Affairs Review, and Crime, Law and Social Change. She is also the author of Brexit and Internal Security-Political and Legal Concerns in the context of the Future UK-EU Relationship. London: Palgrave. She is a Commissioner within the Independent Commission on UK-EU Relation. This talk is taking place within the context of her Visiting Fellowship at the School of Politics and International Relations of Queen Mary University of London in Paris.

Ian Walden is Professor of Information and Communications Law and was Director of the Centre for Commercial Law Studies from September 2018 - September 2022. His publications include Media Law and Practice (2009), Free and Open Source Software (2013), Computer Crimes and Digital Investigations (2nd ed., 2016) and Telecommunications Law and Regulation (5th ed., 2018). Ian has been a visiting professor at the universities of Texas, Melbourne and KU Leuven. Ian has been involved in law reform projects for the World Bank, European Commission, Council of Europe, Commonwealth and UNCTAD, as well as numerous individual states. Ian was an ‘expert nationaux détaché’ to the European Commission (1995-96); Board Member and Trustee of the Internet Watch Foundation (2004-09); on the Executive Board of the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (2010-12); the Press Complaints Commission (2009-14); a member of the RUSI Independent Surveillance Review (2014-15); a member of the Code Adjudication Panel at the Phone-paid Services Authority (2016-21); a member of the European Commission Expert Group to support the application of the GDPR (2017-21), and a Non-Executive Board Member of the Jersey Competition Regulatory Authority (2020- ). Ian is a solicitor and Of Counsel to Baker McKenzie. Ian leads Queen Mary’s qLegal initiative and is a principal investigator on the Cloud Legal Project.

General Eric Freyssinet is Scientific Director of the National Gendarmerie since August 1, 2022, after a 24-year career in the field of the fight against cybercrime and digital transformation, in technical, strategic and operational positions. His three most recent positions were: Head of the National Focal Point for the Fight against Cyber Threats, Chief Digital Officer for the Gendarmerie, in charge of the digital transformation strategy of this security force, and Deputy Commander of the Gendarmerie's Cyberspace Command (COMCYBERGEND). After initial training as a generalist engineer (Ecole Polytechnique, X92), General Freyssinet specialized in the security of information systems (Specialized Master's degree SSIR Télécom Paristech 99-2000) and defended a PhD in computer science in 2015 (Pierre and Marie Curie University), on the subject of the fight against botnets. Eric Freyssinet is an associate member of the LORIA Nancy laboratory.

This event will be chaired by Sarah Wolff, Professor in European Politics and International Relations at Queen Mary University of London, Director of the Center for European Research and of the MA in International Relations in Paris.

The event is part of the CER Paris seminar series 'The Idea of Europe: Past, Present and Future' and is organised in partnership with ULIP.

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