Time/Date: September 24th, 2022, 14.30 – 17.00
Venue: Palace of Parliament, Nicolae Iorga Hall, Bucharest, Romania
Participants: Invited PP-22 speakers and delegates who express their interest; invited Aspen Institute Romania members and Partners; representatives of the public and private sectors, civil society and academia.
Organizers: Aspen Institute Romania and ANCOM with the support of the National Cyber Security Directorate

About the Event
The event will be organized by Aspen Institute Romania, in partnership with the National Authority for Administration and Regulations in Communications (ANCOM) and with the support of the National Cyber Security Directorate (DNSC), on the margins of the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2022 (PP-22) taking place in Bucharest.

The telecommunications industry has become one of the main driving forces behind nearly all socioeconomic activities nowadays. As the dependency on its capabilities increases, so are the attempts to interfere in them. The user experience tends to be more and more virtual, but the inevitable technological vulnerabilities therein are very real.

The OECD Recommendations of the Council on Digital Security of Critical Activities recognize that “the multiplicity and complexity of digital dependencies across sectors and borders and along critical activities’ value chains create a shared digital security risk that no single actor can significantly reduce for all; that each actor is therefore dependent upon and responsible towards all others to manage digital security risk”.

Thus, in nowadays’ context, multi-stakeholder dialogue on countering digital security risks is more than critical. Building on the role of Aspen Institute Romania as neutral, balanced, multi-stakeholders’ platform, this event is an opportunity to promote the fundamental role of ITU to build confidence and security in the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and ITU Global Cybersecurity Agenda (GCA). This high-level event, taking place under the aegis of Aspen Institute Romania’s Technology & Society and Resilience, Governance & Society Programs, will facilitate a broader discussion among key players from Romania and abroad that include the public sector and institutional representatives, the private sector, academia and civil society.

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Time: 14.30 – 17.00 EET
Format: Classroom style seating + Keynote Desk + seating arrangement on the stage for panel discussion
Location: Nicolae Iorga Hall, Palace of Parliament

14.00 – 14.30     Registration

14.30 – 14.50     Opening Remarks

  • Sergiu Manea – Acting President, Aspen Institute Romania
  • Houlin Zhao – Secretary-General, International Telecommunication Union
  • Laura Carmen Zgonea – Secretary General, ANCOM
  • Dan Cîmpean – Director, DNSC

14.50 – 15.20     Keynote Speeches

  • Mircea Geoană – Deputy Secretary General, NATO (pre-recorded intervention)
  • Sebastian Burduja – Minister of Research, Innovation & Digitalization, Romanian Government
  • Marco Obiso – Head of the Cybersecurity Division and Acting Chief of the Digital Network Society Department, International Telecommunication Union

15.20 – 17.00     Panel Discussion: Embedding Confidence in the use of ICTs

Moderated dialogue with high level international representatives from the public sector, industry, academia, civil society

  • Sabin Sărmaş – President, Committee for information technologies and communications, Chamber of Deputies, Parliament of Romania
  • Dragoş-Cristian Vlad – President, Authority for Digitalization of Romania
  • Jeff Greene – Senior Director for Cybersecurity Programs, Aspen Institute US (online intervention)
  • Alexandru Mihailciuc – VP, Sales Engineering & Customer Success, UiPath
  • Cătălin Buliga – CNO Vodafone Romania

Moderator: Radu Puchiu – Director, Aspen Technology & Society Program