- November 10, 2022
- November 10, 2022
On November 10, 2022, the Aspen Institute Germany hosted the first workshop of the event series “Democracy 2.0: Strengthening Liberal Values in the Age of Digital Disruption.”
Together with Dr. Regine Grienberger, Director for Cyber Foreign and Security Policy at the Federal Foreign Office, Kevin Leiser MdB, Member of the Defense Committee and Deputy Member of the Digital Committee, Heli Tiirmaa-Klaar, Director of the Digital Society Institute at ESMT Berlin, and Ralf Wiegand, National Security and IT-Compliance Officer, Microsoft Deutschland GmbH, we will discuss “Digital Operations in Wartime – Empowering Democratic Societies in a Digital World” in the first workshop moderated by Dr. Stormy-Annika Mildner, Executive Director, Aspen Institute Germany.
Not least since Russia’s war against Ukraine, it has become clear that today’s conflicts are being waged using both conventional and cyber means. Hybrid warfare such as cyberattacks, espionage or information manipulation is currently undermining international stability and European security to an extent that could hardly have been imagined just a year ago. Against the backdrop of the changing nature of cyber foreign policy in a contested international security landscape, protecting freedom and security requires ever closed cooperation among international partners and stakeholders from governments, academia, business, and civil society.
What does the emergence of hybrid threats and warfare mean for foreign and security policy? What measures are effective to strengthen democratic societies in an increasingly digitalized and conflict-driven world? What collective defense measures can successfully thwart cyberattacks? What technological capabilities and capacities are needed? Together with a small group of selected participants, the event discussed these and many more questions over a light lunch.