BALKAN SUMMIT ON LAW AND TECH 2021: INNOVATION & DEMOCRACY
23/06/2021 – 11:00
The digitalization of Justice and the indicators of the political and societal progress in the Region.
“We need more Europe”.
But where? In the popular big cities or the southeastern towns?
The EU digital revolution ship has sailed with the Balkans left behind in the quay.
Who is introducing the 4th Industrial Revolution to the Western Balkans, then?
As the world is shifting towards political systems that are techno-political (the term to use is Cyber-physical Systems), it reverts back to the bipolar order of the Cold War, not in terms of ideology but in terms of data strategies. On the one hand the data hegemony of the large US companies, on the other hand the Chinese integration of infrastructure, services, applications with administrative management. The battlefield is the Balkans. In some countries we see the upper hand of GAFA and in others we see the real hard influence of China. In this virtual Summit we ask the question: Where is Europe? Why would it ask its Central Europe neighbors to join their Union and then leave them without a real sense of purpose and direction? Of course the EU is still the regulatory powerhouse of the world, but for how long if it is not coupled with infrastructural power and a real sense of mission? We posit that by investigation the level of digitalization of justice in the Balkans we can start to measure the active influence of Europe. In this seminar we want to map the current situation and raise the awareness of what geopolotical strategies are operating in what many consider to the Europe’s backyard, in reality it’s centre.