DCSP #10

The invisible war in the fifth domain

By Roel van Rijsewijk   Inspiring conversations with Boudewijn Boots   The kitchen table conversation is again not at my kitchen table. I travel to The Hague to speak at the old offices of the Ministry of Defence with Boudewijn Boots, a Vice Admiral in the Royal Navy, since March 8, 2021 Deputy Commander of the Armed Forces and thus also a member of the Cyber Security Council. Our armed forces have traditionally operated on land, at sea and in the air. With space as the fourth domain, we are going to talk about the defense of the fifth domain: cyber space.   The boy from Brabant who wanted to go to the sea After a small delay caused by a closed Coentunnel, I arrive a few minutes late at the impressive historic Defence building where I have to pass uniformed doormen who indicate that I was already wanted. A little intimidated by this and nervous that I’m...

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Our values as a society are reflected in digital developments. For me: the Hippocratic Oath

By Gabriëlle Speijer   During the industrial revolution, urbanization produced diseases like cholera and typhoid fever that put enormous pressure on public health through contaminated drinking water. The obviousness of the provisions we have made socially for pure drinking water for all will have to become analogous to how our society takes control when it comes to data and technology in the current technological revolution.   Awareness of the foundation In society, the awareness that technology is already continuously intervening in our daily life appears to be lacking. We conduct transactions on the Internet without any certainty about everyone’s identity. Personal information is frequently used for financial gain behind the scenes without clear agreements. Organizations seem to be facing more and more challenges in representing a common mission. We see that responsibility based on function or role increasingly shifting to a set of rules and protocols. All this justifying leads to an increasing administrative burden and...

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Seven sins of Big Tech

By Bernold Nieuwesteeg   New European legislation is a first step to restrain the power of Big Tech. The largest dominant American tech companies (also known as Big Tech) have become even more powerful due to the corona crisis. Therefore, their sinful anti-competitive behavior must be restrained further.   In December 2020, the European Commission introduced two comprehensive legislative packages: The Digital Services Act (DSA) and Digital Markets Act (DMA). The DMA and DSA are innovative laws. They force Big Tech to give innovative young companies access to their data, which is of great value. Still, I fear that it will all be of little use if we do not take extra steps right now.   The power and strength of Big Tech has risen to extra­ordinary heights, because of the corona crisis. An example: the joint R&D budget of Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft exceeded 100 billion euros in 2020. This...

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