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Fall 2022, Guest Lecture

Special Guest Lecture: Paul Timmers on Strategic Autonomy and the EU 10/21

by Helen Gynell

August 30, 2022

The University of Miami Institute for Data Science and Computing is pleased to present Dr. Prof. Paul Timmers, Research Associate at the University of Oxford, Oxford Internet Institute. Please join us via Zoom as Dr. Timmers sheds light on the EU Chips Act, which address semiconductor shortages and strengthens Europe’s technological leadership.

TALK TITLE:  Strategic Autonomy and the European Union
with specific attention to the EU Chips Act

Paul TimmersWith rising geopolitical tensions, disruptive digitization, and global challenges such as cyber-crime and climate change, Europe seeks to increase autonomy in a range of areas, from digital technologies, to materials, energy, and finance. Digital strategic autonomy, or tech sovereignty, is high on the agenda of government and business leader in the European Union. Recently firm public policy has been put forward amongst others addressing strategic autonomy with large investment in semiconductors (the EU Chips Act which has similarities from the CHIPS and Science Act in the USA) and also addressing the power of digital platforms. This talk will outline major lines of thinking in the quest for strategic autonomy in the EU, recent policy developments, and future perspectives.

Friday, October 21, 2022 • 12:00-1:00 PM via Zoom

Register Now | Free + Open to the Public

About Dr. Timmers

Dr. Timmers is a Research Associate at University of Oxford, Oxford Internet Institute. He is also a Professor at European University Cyprus, a Visiting Professor at KU Leuven and the University of Rijeka, a Senior Advisor to the European Policy Centre (EPC) Brussels, President of the Supervisory Board Estonian eGovernance Academy, and CEO of iivii. Previously, as Director at European Commission (EC)/DG CONNECT, he was responsible for legislation and funding programs for cybersecurity, e-ID, digital privacy, digital health, smart cities, and e-government. He was also a cabinet member of EC Liikanen.

Dr. Timmers holds a physics PhD from Radboud University (Nijmegen, NL), MBA from Warwick University (UK), EU fellowship at UNC Chapel Hill (US), and cybersecurity qualification from Harvard. His main interests are digital policy, geopolitics, and Europe. He frequently publishes and speaks on the interplay of digital developments with sovereignty, cybersecurity, industrial policy, and sectoral policies, and regularly advises governments and thinktanks.


Paul Timmers TALK FLYER: Strategic Autonomy and the European Union with specific attention to the EU Chips Act


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