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LMC 2021

Dira Necessitas (Horace): The Dire Necessity – Setting the Rules in Digital World

The EU and US do not always see eye-to-eye on digital norms and regulations. In the digital world, the US is usually seen as a trend setter and the EU as a norm setter.


Kaimar Karu

Strategy Advisor and former Minister of Foreign Trade and IT of Estonia

André Loesekrug-Pietri

Chairman, Joint European Disruptive Initiative (JEDI), the European ARPA

Nicolas Tenzer

Chairman, Centre for Study and Reseach on Political Decision

Frank Vrabel
František Vrabel

CEO, Semantic Visions


Solvita Denisa-Liepniece

Assistant Professor, Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences, Latvia

  • Can the US and the EU create common policies for the digital domain?
  • Can they compete in this domain with authoritarian regimes, which are not bound by regulations and ethical limitations?

Meanwhile, the COVID crisis has highlighted the central role that digital platforms and social media can play in manipulation, disinformation, destabilisation, and the erosion of trust.

  • Who should set the norms and regulations for the private companies operating these platforms?
  • Should the companies themselves be allowed to decide on the limits of free speech?
  • Can regulators ensure accountability while avoiding heavy-handedness?
  • Can we find solutions to balance the rights and responsibilities of individuals, private companies, and states?

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