EU Cyber Direct co-organised on 7 June 2022 the symposium 'European Governance of Emerging Technologies: Concepts, Challenges and Practices' together with the Institut de Recherche Stratégique de l’Ecole Militaire (IRSEM), the Centre for security and crisis governance (CRITIC), and the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO).
Through a series of panels and round tables, the symposium discussed the rise of emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), drones, big data, and 5G, their technical and legal limitations, and the concerns they raise about malicious acts such as cyber threats and terrorism.
Lately, European and international bodies took a close interest in the development of emerging technologies and adapted their policies and practices to contribute to, and above all benefit from, their growth. Faced with a highly competitive and constantly changing context, coordinated action with public and private partners is essential, particularly in terms of investment, expertise, and cutting-edge research and development.
At the time of the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union and the midterm mandate of the European Commission, this symposium aimed to take stock and discuss issues related to ambitious European initiatives: the European drone policy, the European Defence Fund and the Action Plan on synergies between the civil, space and defence industries.
The session 'Concepts and initiatives: from strategies to policies' saw the participation of Raluca Csernatoni, who discussed the European and civil-military approach to artificial intelligence. François Delerue was a panel speaker in the same session, with an intervention on European cybersecurity and cyber defence, while Dennis Broeders delivered a keynote speech on digital sovereignty.