Scytl’s Public Policy Researcher, Adrià Rodríguez-Pérez, will contribute to a workshop discussion on cybercrime, “fake news,” and election interference at the 2019 Octopus Conference on cooperation against cybercrime. The workshop, which takes places on Friday, November 22nd, focuses on malicious cyber activity and disinformation campaigns, paying particular attention to how these operations undermine election privacy and security, and increase mistrust in democratic processes. Rodríguez-Pérez, who will be sharing the floor with representatives from election management bodies, civil society organizations and other tech companies, will center his discussion on the role and responsibility of the private sector to foster initiatives that combat e-threats to democracy and protect against disinformation-related cybercrimes.
The Octopus Conference is organized by Cybercrime@Octopus, a Council of Europe project aimed at assisting countries worldwide in combatting cybercrime and strengthening data protection. The Octopus Conference provides one of the biggest and most well-respected platforms for exchanging ideas related to cybercrime, gathering experts from 80 countries who work in international organizations, the private sector, and academia. The conference will be held at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France, from the 20th to 22nd of November.