Liberties in Lockdown 7 – My home is not my castle: Cybersecurity and COVID-19


To combat the coronavirus pandemic, European cities have seen their streets emptied, their historic centres without tourists and the semblance of normal life suspended. These collective actions have one fundamental aim: to protect citizens from the virus and guarantee their physical security – but what about their cybersecurity?

This crisis could change the way we think about security. Our ‘traditional’ understanding of it could evolve into something that is more sensitive to its trans-border dimensions, as developments in cybersecurity have shown us that cyberthreats cannot simply be contained by national borders. Online security has become a major priority, especially considering the reported surge in cybercrime among people who were forced to work on their home computers due to the lockdown. Given the increased reliance on digital systems across the globe, it has never been more important to talk about cybersecurity. Who can we turn to for cybersecurity in these troubling times? Should the EU and its member states be doing more to digitally protect the cyberliberty of citizens?

These questions, and many more, will be tackled by our distinguished speakers during the seventh online event of ELF’s new series – Liberties in Lockdown.

Time: 9:30 – 10:30 (CEST)

Speakers include: 

Nicolae Ștefănuță, Member of the European Parliament, Renew Europe Group

Luigi Martino, Director, Center for Cyber Security and International Relations Studies and Professor, International Relations and Cyber Security, University of Florence

Iva Tasheva, Co-Founder and Cybersecurity Lead, Cybersecurity and Energy SCS (CYEN)

Moderated by: 

Yana Humen, Member of the Liberal Defence Expert Group, Friedrich Naumann Foundation

Opening remarks by:

Daniel Kaddik, Executive Director, European Liberal Forum

This event will be live-streamed on the European Liberal Forum Facebook page.

Organised by the European Liberal Forum.

It’s clear that COVID-19 will reshape our societies, and indeed our lives, in many ways. What will our world look like once the lockdowns have ended and the travel restrictions are lifted? Will we recognise our countries and cities; our neighbourhoods and friends? Will we recognise ourselves? For the next few weeks, each installment of the Liberties in Lockdown series will have a particular focus, looking at, among other things, the economy, digital privacy and healthcare. We hope you can join us for these important discussions.

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