Event Recap

New Atlanticist

Jul 1, 2021

Estonian president: Our connected world needs a trusted architecture

By Nick Fouriezos

Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid and Anne Neuberger, deputy US national security advisor for cyber and emerging technology, made the case for “trusted connectivity” at the Atlantic Council.

Cybersecurity Digital Policy

The Atlantic Council hosted the first event in the forum “Trusted Connectivity: Securing Digital Infrastructure in an Era of Strategic Competition with China,” featuring President of Estonia H.E. Kersti Kaljulaid. This event, co-hosted by the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security and its Forward Defense practice area, the Digital Forensic Research Lab, the Europe Center, and the GeoTech Center, took place on June 30, 2021.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is rapidly accelerating the pace of technological development, resulting in both economic opportunities and major security challenges. While advancements in digital and physical infrastructure can transform a variety of key sectors, such as energy, transportation, and communications, they have also exacerbated technological competition with revisionist geopolitical actors. Through its Belt and Road Initiative, China’s global infrastructure investments threaten to accumulate widespread influence and provide sensitive data to Beijing, opening potential vectors for coercion, disruption, or attack in times of crisis or conflict. Following consensus amongst nations at the G7 Leaders’ Summit on how to counter this influence, the Atlantic Council’s “Trusted Connectivity” forum further discussed the need for transatlantic cooperation to build secure digital infrastructure in the United States, Europe, and around the world.

As Estonia prepared to host the Tallinn Digital Summit this September to drive the conversation on digitalization in Europe, President of Estonia H.E. Kersti Kaljulaid joined us to discuss the future of trusted connectivity in an era of strategic and technological competition. President Kaljulaid was joined by Anne Neuberger, US Deputy National Security Advisor for Cybersecurity and Emerging Technology, who shared how the imperative to invest in secure digital infrastructure relates to US initiatives, such as Build Back Better World. Together, addressed how democratic nations can work with each other and with the private sector to incentivize ambitious infrastructure investments, boost economic growth, and promote regional and global security. Their conversation was moderated by Kim Dozier, CNN’s Global Affairs Analyst with an extensive background in foreign and national security policy issues.

An #ACFrontPage Event

Atlantic Council Front Page is our premier live ideas platform for global leaders to discuss the defining challenges of our time. #ACFrontPage is a high-level event series featuring top newsmakers across multiple digital platforms. Harnessing the convening power and expertise of the Council’s sixteen programs and centers, #ACFrontPage leverages the Council’s capabilities in social media, press, and digital outreach to spotlight the world’s most prominent leaders and the most compelling ideas across sectors and engage new audiences eager for nonpartisan and constructive solutions to current global challenges. This widely promoted program features the Council’s most important guests and content serving as the highlight of our programming.

A keynote discussion featuring

President H.E. Kersti Kaljulaid
The Republic of Estonia

Anne Neuberger, Deputy National Security Advisor for Cybersecurity and Emerging Technology

Anne Neuberger
Deputy National Security Advisor for Cyber and Emerging Technology
US National Security Council

Moderated by

Kim Dozier
Global Affairs Analyst

Co-hosted by

The Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security works to develop sustainable, nonpartisan strategies to address the most important security challenges facing the United States and the world.

Forward Defense, housed within the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, generates ideas and connects stakeholders in the defense ecosystem to promote an enduring military advantage for the United States, its allies, and partners. Our work identifies the defense strategies, capabilities, and resources the United States needs to deter and, if necessary, prevail in future conflict.

The Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab) has operationalized the study of disinformation by exposing falsehoods and fake news, documenting human rights abuses, and building digital resilience worldwide.

Europe Center

Providing expertise and building communities to promote transatlantic leadership and a strong Europe in turbulent times.

The Eurasia Center’s mission is to enhance transatlantic cooperation in promoting stability, democratic values and prosperity in Eurasia, from Eastern Europe and Turkey in the West to the Caucasus, Russia and Central Asia in the East.

The GeoTech Center champions positive paths forward that societies can pursue to ensure new technologies and data empower people, prosperity, and peace.