A year of disturbance and disruption

Digital influences on health, democracy and business

Thursday, 1 October 2020 | 14:00-15:30 | Main Stage

Organised by European Health Forum Gastein

This plenary will engage in a political discussion on the value and power of data, and how it can be used and abused by both public and private organisations. Amongst the key concerns for consideration is the collection and use of (sensitive) personal data such as is implied in surveillance measures, including contact tracing apps and alternative digital tracking measures. These tools have helped combat the pandemic - but at what cost to human rights?

At the same time, the COVID-19 “Infodemic” has been a serious threat, contributing to a broader environment of fear and panic. We will consider how key organisations have responded and explore the partnerships they forged. Looking forward, we will also assess Europe´s role as a pacemaker for setting a health data governance standard to protect people's rights in this area in the future.

Session Recording


Speakers & panellists

Welcome Remarks

  • Rudolf Anschober, Federal Minister of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection, Austria

Data - a threat to democracy or the future of public health?

  • Carly Kind, Director, Ada Lovelace Institute
  • Casper Klynge, Vice President for European Government Affairs, Microsoft Corporation

Tackling the COVID-19 Infodemic

  • Andrei Baciu, Secretary of State, Ministry of Health, Romania
  • Sylvie Briand, Director of Global Infectious Hazards Preparedness Department, World Health Organization
  • Raffael Heiss, Postdoctoral Researcher, Management Center Innsbruck

The European Health Data Space

  • Andrzej Rys, Director, Health Systems and Products Directorate, European Commission

Moderated by

  • Martin McKee, Professor of European Public Health, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

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