Strategic autonomy (in short, the capabilities and capacities to realise and safeguard sovereignty) is a top theme in EU policy and politics. Digital strategic autonomy is how this theme is applied in the digital domain. Paul Timmers will analyse the relation between digital strategic autonomy and recent EU policy and legislation such as the Digital Markets Act, Digital Services Act, NIS2 Directive and possibly also the revision of the eIDAS Regulation.
Paul Timmers is research associate at Oxford University for cybersecurity and digital transformation, adjunct professor at European University Cyprus, visiting professor at Rijeka University, senior advisor to EPC Brussels, board member of Digital Enlightenment Forum and of the Estonian eGovernance Academy supervisory board. Previously he was Director at the European Commission dealing with EU legislation and funding for cybersecurity, digital health, smart cities, e-government. He was cabinet member of European Commissioner Liikanen, manager in a large ICT company, and co-founded an ICT start-up. Physics PhD from Nijmegen University, MBA from Warwick University, EU fellowship at UNC Chapel Hill, and cybersecurity qualification at Harvard.
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