WEASA has officially begun! We started with our opening ceremony, where Dr Joanna Świątkowska served as our inaugural speaker, giving participants deep insights into modern information- and cybersecurity. We didn’t just learn about modern cyber-threats: we also learned how perceptions thereof evolved over time. Once, computer scientists were the only ones thinking deeply about cyberattacks. Now, they have become a key part of hybrid warfare toolkits and began to attract policymakers’ attention.

We closed off the day with a fireside chat, in which participants sat down with Harald Gruber for a long discussion on the modern digital economy. Topics covered included the future of the welfare state in a digital era.