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Workshop 2019/06/25

Disinformation as cybersecurity threat: value considerations and ethical issues

The Hague, Netherlands


Ethics, Privacy and Cybersecurity for Business

This workshop is organized as part of the European project CANVAS by the Department Values, Technology & innovation (VTI) of Delft University of Technology and The Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA) of Leiden University.

Disinformation is increasingly recognized as a threat to national security and democracy. Examples are the spread of fake news and trolling. However, in policy making it has not yet generally been recognized as a national security risk, or a cybersecurity risk. In the workshop, we will discuss why it can be seen as such, what ways we might employ to deal with it, and what ethical issues the threat, as well as possible measures against it, may raise.

Program Overview

13.00-14.15: Welcome

13.15-13.30: Value-driven cybersecurity; a short introduction to the CANVAS project, Ibo van de Poel, Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Professor in Ethics and Technology, TU Delft

13.30-14.00: Disinformation and fake news: what’s new?, Tommy van Steen, assistant professor Cybersecurity Governance, Leiden University

14.00-14.30: Disinformation as a cybersecurity threat, Bibi van den Berg, professor Cybersecurity Governance, Leiden University

14.30-15.00: Tea/coffee break

15.00-15.30: Ethical issues raised by disinformation and possible counter strategies, Seumas Miller, professor moral philosophy TU Delft and principle investigator of an ERC Advanced Project on Counter Terrorism Ethics

15.30-16.00: Unexpected moral actors: the role of intelligence agencies in disinformation, Ilina Georgieva, PhD Student Cyber Norms Program, Leiden University

16.00-16.15: Wrap-up, Ibo van de Poel

16.15-17.00: Drinks

Target group

Civil servants and other professionals working on national security and cyber security, academics doing research on cybersecurity and national security


If you want to join, please send an e-mail to Ibo van de Poel ( or Bibi van den Berg (

Place: Leiden University, Wijnhaven Building, Turfmarkt 99, The Hague (room number will be announced to participants after registration)