Organized under the aegis of the Aspen Dialogues Series and on the margins of the Aspen Technology & Society Program, in partnership with the Bucharest Office of the German Marshall Fund of the United States, Aspen Digital and True Story Project, the webinar will look at ways in which data and technological solutions can foster resilience in the face of the pandemic and can help contain the health crisis.

For instance, data chain owners and telecommunications operators in several European countries are already sharing data with health authorities, helping to fight the spread of the virus by monitoring whether people are complying with limitations on movement.

Discussions will address the ethical aspects of the available human protection solutions and their possible implementation in Romania. Fostering a wider discussion on the risks and opportunities of using data flows, the webinar will seek to analyze how such measures can be implemented while at the same time respecting human rights and EU’s privacy laws, such as the GDPR.

Format: Panel discussion, followed by a moderated Q&A session-based on questions received from the participants.


  • Cristian Bușoi – Chair, ITRE Committee, European Parliament
  • Jakub Boratynski – Acting Director for Digital Society, Trust & Cybersecurity, DG CONNECT, European Commission
  • Dr. Michael Street – Head of Innovation & Data Science, NATO Communications and Information Agency
  • Vivian Schiller – Executive Director, Aspen Digital, Aspen Institute US
  • Joakim Reiter – Group External Affairs Director, Vodafone

Moderator: Alina Inayeh – Director of the German Marshall Fund of the United States, Bucharest Office

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