Elections, Technology and Protecting Democratic Processes


Emerging technological capabilities have opened the door to new opportunities to revolutionize civic engagement and elections. These new technologies also bring different types of challenges which require new ideas around how to protect democratic processes. With the 2019 European Parliament elections just around the corner, it is essential that we focus on tangible policy proposals to ensure the elections are fair and free from interference. In light of these emerging threats, this panel aims to (1) raise awareness for the range of cyber-enabled threats to elections, (2) discuss tangible policy proposals to ensure the elections are fair and free from interference; (3) demonstrate best practices, and (4) share future policy considerations for policymakers across the European Union.

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Time & Place

11 Oct 2018 from 17:30 to 20:00
Rue Montoyer 51, 1000, Brussels Belgium

Target Audience

European institutions, including European Commission, European Parliament; representatives from civil society, industries, and others interested in the topic of cybersecurity and election integrity.


Policy discussion moderated by Neno Malisevic, International Lead, Defending Democracy Program, Microsoft.

• Jakub Boratynski, Head of Unit for Cybersecurity and Digital Privacy, DG CNECT, European Commission
• Julia Schuetze, Project Manager, Stiftung Neue Verantwortung
• Lukáš Pimper, Cyber Attaché’ to EU and NATO, Cyber and Information Security Agency of the Czech Republic
• Mathias Vermeulen, Policy Advisor to MEP Marietje Schaake, ALDE Group, European Parliament
• Alexander Shlyk, Head of Election Department, OSCE, ODIHR

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