Election interference. Fake news. Hyper-partisanship. Ransomware. Denial of service attacks. Cyber-terrorism. Welcome to Europe’s new normal, writes Philippe Cotelle.
With at least seven parliamentary elections scheduled for in the European Union in 2019, plus European Parliament elections, the continent’s leaders are in a frenzy of damage control. The European Commission has launched initiatives to harden information technology infrastructure and fight fake news and it is organising a high-level conference in October on Election Interference in the Digital Age. Austria, which currently holds the Union’s rotating presidency, hopes to reach political agreement with the Commission and European Parliament on a new EU Cybersecurity Act before the end of the year.
By Philippe Cotelle
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