Organized by the Hanns Seidel Foundation and the Institute for Development and International Relations, on the 16th and 17th February 2023 in Hotel Esplanade Zagreb the two-day conference entitled “Artificial Intelligence and Security Governance in Contemporary International Affairs: Cyber Security – Key Elements and Challenges” was held. The conference gathered domestic and foreign experts in field of cyber security and artificial intelligence – politicians, diplomats, university professors, civil servants and researchers.

This conference was a follow-up to the roundtable series held in November 2022 regarding the development of artificial intelligence and its influence on everyday life and cyber security.

The conference was structured in the form of two panel discussions entitled “EU’s Internal and External Security in the Digital Era” and “National Security Provisions in the Digital Era” which aroused the great interest of the participants and developed into an intense and lively discussion.

In the context of cyber security, the approaches of individual European countries and the threats they face were presented. Another topic of the discussion was the lack of experts in the field of cyber security.

The speakers explained the relationship between security threats and risks and highlighted the importance of building resilience to cyberattacks in the context of current events in the region, and in the world. Furthermore, the participants discussed the value of data that is shared via the Internet on daily basis and the ability of people to maintain cyber hygiene and recognize potential threats.

The presentation of the goals and strategies of the European Union regarding the digital transition and the application of artificial intelligence in areas such as security, defence and politics developed into a discussion about the threats and opportunities of modern technology and its impact on human life in the future.

This important event organised as a result of the long-term cooperation of the Hanns Seidel Foundation and the Institute, contributed to the creation of a broader picture of the role of artificial intelligence in everyday life and the importance of cyber security.

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