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Vienna Cyber Diplomacy Day

26 June 2015 -


Event description


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Vienna Cyber Diplomacy Day is organised in the framework of the Joint Swiss-Serbian Chairmanships of the OSCE (2014-2015). Join us for a dynamic discussion of cyber-challenges for modern diplomacy where practicing diplomats and experts will cover a wide range of issues including the changing landscape in which diplomacy operates, the emergence of new Internet topics on diplomatic agendas, and the use of new digital tools for diplomatic activities. The Day's programme combines dynamic policy dialogue with practical CyberLab demonstrations.


Vienna Cyber Diplomacy Day

Diplomacy: Between tradition and innovation

26 June 2015

Hofburg, Bibliotheksaal (5th floor)


Organised in the framework of the Joint Swiss-Serbian Chairmanships of the OSCE (2014-2015)


Draft programme

09.15 – 10.00 Welcome coffee and CyberLab presentation of 3D printing

10.00 – 10.15

Welcome remarks 

  • Ambassador Vuk Zugic, Permanent Representative of Serbia to the OSCE
  • Ambassador Thomas Greminger, Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the OSCE

10.15 – 10.45

Diplomacy online vs. diplomacy offline: What is the impact of the Internet on modern diplomacy? 

  • Ambassador Hans Winkler, Director of the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna
  • Dr Jovan Kurbalija, Director of DiploFoundation and Head of the Geneva Internet Platform
10.45 – 11.00 Coffee break

11.00 – 12.15

One Internet – different policy approaches: How can modern diplomacy achieve effective cross-fertilisation among different approaches to digital policy (technological, political-security, economic, and human rights)?

  • Technological perspective: Professor Dr A Min Tjoa, Director of the Institute of Software Technology and Interactive Systems, Vienna University of Technology
  • Security perspective: Ben Hiller, Cyber Security Officer, OSCE Secretariat
  • Human rights perspective: Andreas Krisch, President of the European Digital Rights Initiative
  • Economic/business perspective: tbc
12.15 – 13.00 Short lunch break

13.00 – 14.30

CyberLab: A demonstration of how cybercrime is committed and fought in practice, and how e-tools are used in diplomacy, including:  

  • a tour of the DarkNet 
  • how cyber-fraud is conducted
  • use and misuse of BitCoin (cyber currency)
  • how to preserve diplomatic institutional memory in the digital era  


  • Dr Edgar R Weippl, Science Director of SBA Research and Assistant Professor, Vienna University of Technology
  • Bjoern Christian Wolf, Research Fellow at DiploFoundation and the London School of Economics
  • Hannes Kulovits, Head of Digital Archives at the Austrian State Archives 

Practical presentations are hosted by the Vienna University of Technology, and DiploFoundation.

Refreshments and light lunch will be served.

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