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Disinformation as Cybersecurity Threat: Value Considerations and Ethical Issues

Tuesday 25 June 2019
Turfmarkt 99
2511 DP The Hague

On 25 June 2019, Bibi van den Berg, Tommy van Steen and Ilina Georgieva from the Institute of Security and Global Affairs’ Cyber Security Governance research group will present a workshop on disinformation in cybersecurity.

About the workshop

Disinformation is increasingly recognized as a threat to national security and democracy. Examples are the spread of fake news and trolling. However, in policy making it has not yet generally been recognized as a national security risk, or a cybersecurity risk. The workshop will discuss why it can be seen as such, what ways we might employ to deal with it, and what ethical issues the threat, as well as possible measures against it, may raise.

From Leiden University, Bibi van den Berg will present a session on ‘Disinformation as a cybersecurity threat’, Tommy van Steen on ‘Disinformation and fake news: what’s new?’ and Ilina Georgieva will present on ‘Unexpected moral actors: the role of intelligence agencies in disinformation’.

The workshop is organized as part of the European project CANVAS by the Department Values, Technology and Innovation (VTI) of Delft University of Technology and the Institute of Security and Global Affairs of Leiden University.

For whom?

Civil servants and other professionals working on national security and cyber security, academics doing research on cybersecurity and national security.


13.00-13.15: Welcome

13.15-13.30: Value-driven cybersecurity; a short introduction to the CANVAS project, Ibo van de Poel, Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Professor in Ethics and Technology, TU Delft

13.30-14.00: Disinformation and fake news: what’s new?, Tommy van Steen, assistant professor Cybersecurity Governance, Leiden University

14.00-14.30: Disinformation as a cybersecurity threat, Bibi van den Berg, professor Cybersecurity Governance, Leiden University

14.30-15.00: Tea/coffee break

15.00-15.30: Ethical issues raised by disinformation and possible counter strategies, Seumas Miller, professor moral philosophy TU Delft and principle investigator of an ERC Advanced Project on Counter Terrorism Ethics

15.30-16.00: Unexpected moral actors: the role of intelligence agencies in disinformation, Ilina Georgieva, PhD Student Cyber Norms Program, Leiden University

16.00-16.15: Wrap-up, Ibo van de Poel

16.15-17.00: Drinks


Participation is free of charge, but since there is a limited number of seats available, please register in advance by sending an email to Nathalie van den Heuvel.

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