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There is much debate about the use of digital immunity passports as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Such digital tools to certify immunity could help spur economic recovery, but raise ethical and privacy concerns. How to build trust in such a solution? What elements make them interoperable among countries? How is people’s data related to their immunity status governed?A panel of prominent specialists will discuss these and other questions from 4 different angles - ethical, business, political/governance and scientific - during a two-hour moderated discussion.For more information click here.
Current digital trends and innovation, including artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, data privacy, blockchain and digital trust, are rapidly changing and disrupting the way donors, employees, and beneficiaries interact with each other. Technology can be a powerful tool for philanthropic and non-profit organizations, accelerating their digital transformation through automating and streamlining business processes, using digital platforms, and leveraging data and analytics in new ways that enhance their efficiency and social impact.Intended for professionals from the philanthropic and non-profit sectors, who see information and communication technologies (ICT) as an opportunity to better engage with beneficiaries and stakeholders, this 5-day course will give you and your organization the ability and the toolset to take more leadership responsibilities in driving your digital transformation.

Course Outcomes

  • Asses the risks and benefits linked to blockchains and smart contracts, discern when they can bring added value from when they are superfluous, and understand how to implement and deploy them in your organization.
  • Bring new value to your organization by learning how machine learning and artificial intelligence can help you analyze, classify and make predictions out of your already existing data, and which are the biases and adversarial techniques that can pose a risk to your operations.
  • Improve the survivability and viability of your organization by understanding threats and attacks, learning the appropriate measures to counter them, and implementing the best practices on cybersecurity.
  • Learn fundamental concepts and how the basics of ICT work, from computers and software development, to basic networking and cryptography.
  • Gain an understanding on how data in general, and big data and the cloud work, and the main privacy and data protection implications and concerns that come with it.

Course Methodology

  • Practice and develop an operational understanding of all the concepts learned through relevant and stimulating hands-on exercises and case studies, while participating in engaging discussions with your peers and faculty.
  • Use and apply your newly acquired knowledge in your organization to take more leadership responsibilities in digital innovation and informed decisions while engaging with ICT experts and business stakeholders.

Course Speakers

The courses are developed by the Center for Digital Trust (C4DT) at EPFL, in close partnership with Fondation Lombard Odier (FLO). They will be taught by experts in artificial intelligence, machine learning, blockchain and cryptography, cybersecurity, and privacy.Faculty are carefully selected high-level ICT experts, able to engage with a non-technical audience. They are accomplished professors from EPFL, and seasoned industry professionals from C4DT partners such as ELCA and others.

Course Information

This 5-day course will be held from the 7th-11th of June 2021 on the EPFL Campus. For more information on how to register, contact, places are limited! This event is reserved for the C4DT Community.
Ten years ago CRITIS 2011 was held in Lucerne. On September 27, 28 & 29, 2021, the 16th International Conference on Critical Information Infrastructures Security (CRITIS 2021) will be back in Switzerland and take place at the EPFL SwissTech Convention Center. CRITIS 2021 aims to bring together researchers, professionals from academia, critical (information) infrastructure operators, industry, defence and governmental organizations working in the field of critical infrastructures protection (CIP).On September, 28: CRITIS 2021 will be held in conjunction with a Cyber-Defence Campus Conference from armasuisse Science and Technology (member of the C4DT) and hence contribute to an important application vertical of the C4DT (see Critical Infrastructure Archives - C4DT). A Cyber Startup Challenge will take place in the form of a market exploration where young companies can present and implement a proof of concept of its technology in the Swiss Armed Forces systems.On September, 27 & 29: CRITIS 2021 will continue the tradition of bringing forth innovative scientific research in the field of CIP, exploring ideas that address challenges to resilience and societal safety, and fostering dialogue with stakeholders.The Call for Papers is open until May, 14 – way enough time to submit research papers on (cyber) security for CIP! More information on CRITIS 2021 – The 16th International Conference on Critical Information Infrastructures Security (CRITIS 2021).
Where? OnlineFormat?
- 1h-1.5h duration daily for one week

- Same starting time each day (to be determined)

- Individual talks / moderated panel discussions / others
Target group? C4DT community onlyWhy participate? 
On the 7th of March the Swiss population will vote on a law the Federal Council and the Parliament have prepared establishing an identification system recognized by the Confederation: the e-ID. The new e-ID law defines a unique identification procedure that can be used to make purchases or obtain services on the Internet in a simple and secure way (e.g. opening a bank account or ordering an official document). Opportunities that arise through digital identification will not only depend on a country’s implementation but also on the trust which its citizens have in its government and institutions. During this week, which follows the referendum, we would like to
- discuss the eID law and compare it to the one already implemented by other countries.
- discuss the population’s trust and willingness to adopt a national eID,
- get the perspective of a Swiss Consumer group and learn about the tech implementation and perspective of a digital ID provider,
- hear researchers’ point of view on the implementation challenges, possible solutions and research trends.
Finally, during a moderated wrap up session, we will try to identify and frame a challenge / use case on which the eID workgroup can solve with the support of research.Agenda?
Monday 08/03: LEGAL. What does the law say? How does it compare to other countries? Interoperability of eIDs between countries? Where does the law evolve from here?
Tuesday 09/03: CIVIL SOCIETY. Analysing and discussing the results of the referendum. Swiss population’s trust in an eID? The consumer’s perspective.
Wednesday 10/03: BUSINESS. Opportunities and business models. The IDP perspective.
Thursday 11/03: RESEARCH. perspective (visionary) from the EPFL research community: Future of eID? Where are we heading? Risks, potential solutions?
Friday 12/03: WRAP UP. Identification of a challenge / use case for the eID workgroup.
Registration? more information will follow.Digital Recording?
Monday 08/03: LEGAL.

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