MASTER OF CEREMONIES
We are very proud to present the Master of Ceremonies for the Clio Conference of 2018: Stefan Soesanto!
After the positive feedback following his workshop last year on cybersecurity and EU digital policies, there was no one we deemed more suitable and more interesting to fulfill the role of Master of Ceremonies.
Stefan Soesanto is both a cyber security expert as well as a Digital Policy Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR). He and his team designed and held a cyber wargame exercise in cooperation with Microsoft EMEA, and organized the Odense Cybersecurity Conference 2018 for the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Earlier in his career, Soesanto served as a Research Assistant at RAND Europe, Brussels office, specializing on cybersecurity issues.
We look forward to Mister Soesanto hosting the Clio Conference on Tuesday, the 8th of May!
Christiaan is a conflict and development journalist that has been awarded with the European Press Prize in 2017. He has published in Al Jazeera, The Daily Beast, Foreign Policy, and The New York Times, and also works with monitoring organisation Airwars. Furthermore, as a member of Bellingcat, an open source investigative collective, he provides worldwide training in new verification and analysis techniques. Bellingcat uses online open source information in combination with digital tools to uncover the fact themselves. In addition to his digital research, Christiaan has worked as a (photo)journalist in a variety of conflict areas such as Ukraine, Iraq, and Syria.
Besides; apart from his master’s degree in Conflict, Security & Development from King’s College London, he also holds two bachelor degrees (IRIO and Philosophy of a Specific Discipline) from the University of Groningen!
On the 8th of May Christiaan will hold a plenary lecture on the topic of ‘Open Secrets: In Pursuit of Facts in the Post-Truth Era’. He will give us insights into what regular citizens can do to investigate governments and armed groups who don’t or hardly provide any information about incidents, bombings, tortures, or corruption. How do they work? In his presentation, Christiaan will give a unique insight into Bellingcat on the basis of a variety of cases, such as the downing of Flight MH17 above eastern Ukraine and the attempted coup in Turkey. It will also discuss how organisations like Europol and the International Criminal Court are exploring these new investigative techniques.
Paul Breitbarth has a degree in State and European Law and is a Dutch privacy lawyer. He works for the Canadian research and software company Nymity, where he is Director of Strategic Research and Regulator Outreach. Although based in The Hague, he is responsible for the customers of the entire European mainland. In addition, Paul is conducting a number of research projects on how best to comply with the worldwide privacy legislation and how privacy programs can be certified. He is a regular speaker on the topic of privacy and a guest lecturer at the European Centre on Privacy and Cyber Security at Maastricht University. In 2015 he even organized the International Privacy Conference in Amsterdam.
Prior to his work for Nymity, Paul worked for almost seven years as Senior International Officer at the Dutch Data Protection Authority. He was an active member of various subgroups of the European Article 29 Working Party on Data Protection and contributed to the review of privacy legislation, surveillance and the EU-US Privacy Shield.
This long list of experience makes him the perfect speaker on cyber security and digital privacy. He will definitely provide us with an interesting perspective on the digitalisation of international relations.
Marianne Franklin is a Professor of Global Media and Politics at Goldsmiths University of London. She is active in research and advocacy on human rights and internet issues, serving as co-Chair of the Internet Rights and Principles Dynamic Coalition at the UN Internet Governance Forum and is Chair of the Global Internet Governance Academic Network. She is author of a number of books, including Digital Dilemmas: Power, Resistance and the Internet with Oxford University Press.
IRIO students might know her from the chapter "‘How does the way we use the internet make a difference" in the book "Global Politics" used for the course 'International Politics' in the first year of the bachelor.
Franklins knowledge of privacy and cyber security results in her not wanting to share her portrait online. Hence the blacked out image next to this text. Curious? On the 8th of May, Franklin will talk about the interrelationship between what we could call 'the digital' and international relations theory and practice.
Onno Eichelsheim is the director of the Netherlands Defence Intelligence and Security Service (NLD DISS).
He already started his military career as a cadet at the Royal Netherlands Military Academy in Breda in 1986. After successfully completing basic flight training in 1990, he was awarded his helicopter pilot wings. Until 1996 he served in a variety of operational positions as helicopter pilot, during which he was deployed to Bosnia. He subsequently served as deputy flight commander with the first Dutch Apache Squadron to train with the Unit Training Program in Ford Hood, Texas. Together with the US Army 21st Cavalry Brigade, he developed operational procedures in support of joint operations with the Dutch Apache. Back in the Netherlands, Onno Eichelsheim was assigned flight commander of the Apache Squadron, and was deployed to Bosnia in 1999 and 2000. Promoted to the rank of major, he was put in charge of planning the first deployment of the AH-64D Longbow Apache detachment to Djibouti as part of the UN Operation UNMEE.
He was subsequently assigned as Ops Officer of 302 Squadron, responsible for developing a new training course for Apache pilots and a training programme. His experience in joint operations served him well during his deployment to Kabul, Afghanistan, as detachment commander in 2004. Serving in the rank of lieutenant colonel, in 2005 Onno Eichelsheim was assigned the position of commander of 302 Squadron. He was also actively involved in the development of the Defence Helicopter Command. In 2006 he completed a tour of duty as detachment commander to Tarin Kowt, Uruzgan. In 2009, Onno Eichelsheim completed several large projects as head of the helicopter section of the Directorate of Operational Policy, Requirements and Plans at the Defence Staff in The Hague. In 2011 colonel Eichelsheim became head of Helicopter Operations with the Air Force Command. In 2014 he served as commodore in the position of Director of Operations at Air Force Command headquarters. During his career he has been deployed three times to Bosnia and twice to Afghanistan. In April 2016, Onno Eichelsheim was promoted to the rank of major general and appointed director of the Netherlands Defence Intelligence and Security Service (NLD DISS).
Eichelsheim will give us interesting new insights into the future of warfare and defence on the 8th of may.
Ilse Verdiesen is a major at the Armed Forces and part-time PhD student at Delft University of Technology. She works at the Dutch Cyber Command in The Hague and has been deployed to Bosnia and Afghanistan in the past. Her research focusses on the design of human oversight of Autonomous Weapons to study the control mechanisms that are related to Meaningful Human Control and military decision-making processes. She conducted her master graduation project on moral values related to Autonomous Weapons at the Media Lab of MIT.
On the day of the Conference, Ilse Verdiesen will hold a workshop with the name ‘Digital warfare: Autonomous Weapons on the battlefield’.
Tinnevelt is a professor of Philosophy of Law at the Radboud University in Nijmegen. His area of expertise lies in democracy, human rights, global justice, multiculturality, sovereignty and cosmopolitanism. Furthermore, he is one of the editors of the book “Does Truth Matter”, which addresses the issues of the relationship between truth and politics in an era of globalization.
On the 8th of May, Tinnevelt will give a workshop called “Lying in politics: new challenge or old news?”. In this workshop he will give insights in alternative facts, fake news, and post-truth: new developments that influence elections and radically change our political landscape. What we desperately need is a ‘politics of truth’. But is the underlying assumption correct? Should politics really be aimed at truth? Are truth and politics two sides of the same coin? On the basis of different news items and images this workshop delves into the relationship between truth and politics.
Oskars passion and research is all about Human Rights in the Digital Age. He is working with an interdisciplinary approach on Human Dignity in the Digital Age, Internet Governance, Surveillance, The Right to be Forgotten, Digital Technologies for Governance purposes and related issues. He has a background in European and International Law and Philosophy. At the University of Groningen, he is a Post-Doc Researcher for the EU-funded MAPPING project and part of the Security, Technology and e-Privacy research group. In this position he also works with the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy, Joseph Cannataci. All this work inspired his for the topic of his workshop: “Privacy as a global human right: Does it exist? Should it exist?”
The remaining workshop speakers for the Clio Conference 2018 are soon to be announced!