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Fighting cyber-attacks: collaboration between policymaker, companies and educational institutions



At Fujitsu World Tour 2017 we interviewed Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl, Director General of Digital Europe about fighting Cyber-attacks and the possible evolution of Artificial Intelligence:

  • What we can do to fight Cyber-attacks at Eu level and at International level?

We have been collaborate internationally and in Europe for many years to create peace and to make sure those criminal attacks are handled. Actually, we have to look within our existing collaboration and regulative frameworks to really leverage those, in order to fight cyber attack. Crime is becoming more advanced. We also need to realize that, maybe we have not been good enough to educate both, business and citizens to handle this kind of threats.  Everybody knows that they need to lock the door, to have advanced surveillance in their car to avoid to be stolen. How many people do actually know the 3-4 steps they need to take on their PC to actually make sure is secure? How many companies have implemented this kind of restriction? Digital Europe carries the mandate “Digital skills coalition in Europe” and one of our task is to enlighten people in the member states on how actually handle digital skills. This collaboration between policymaker, companies and educational institutions to actually make sure to have the right skills to protect themselves from cyber-attacks, are the right solutions.

  • How do you see the future of Artificial Intelligence?

I think we can use data and knowledge to improve citizen’s life drastically. We have a gap between the people who know how is done and the fear of who is using personal data and what they can do with this. I think Europe is quite ahead on consumer and protection. We also have a very good collaboration between businesses and policy maker on how do really work Artificial Intelligence.  Of course, there is a big fear on possible job loss, poverty, protectionism caused by Artificial Intelligence. That is the responsibility of policy maker to make sure and put pressure on the member states to educate people on advantages of Artificial Intelligence. We need to have a look on the future jobs and work with the Unions and school system to get new skills. There will come new jobs, but – will Europe will be able to capture these jobs? –  Or they will go somewhere else because they have better digital skills that we do. That is what we should be scared, not about Artificial Intelligence. You cannot stop evolution. Artificial Intelligence will bring something better actually enabling things for citizens in a better life, better health service, predictability on health state and help with administrative tasks.


Henry Borzi