NEW in 2021: FIRESIDE CHATS - next event: 8 March

The Digital Enlightenment Forum would like to invite you to an online ‘Fireside Chat’


What is this about?

A Fireside Chat is an online informal chat of 1 -1.5 hours. Participants are 6-10 young, promising PhD or masters’ level students/researchers or young professionals and a senior person from the world of policy, politics, industry or academia.

The senior person as a host will kick-off on a theme, followed by an open discussion. You will also exchange on the professional life experiences of the host. And get to know some new people!


Upcoming fireside chats

You can register your interest for these fireside chats:


8 March 2021 at 15:00 CET  -  Patrice Chazerand on “AI, a bridge too far? In which Pascal makes up for ‘Descartes’ Error’”

17 March 2021, 15:00 CET  -  Prof. Dr. Ernst Hafen on Genome meets iPhone – Opportunities and challenges of citizen-controlled personal data cooperatives

30 March 2021, 15:00 CE(S)T  -  Prof Dr Jo Pierson on Artificial Intelligence

7 April 2021 at 15:00 CE(S)T -  Dr.Thanassis Tiropanis on The centralisation-decentralisation pendulum on the Internet and the Web - research challenges

Date tbc  -  Prof. Dr. Ulrike Felt on Trust, Solidarity and Ownership: Why cocreation matters in building successful health data platform

Date tbc  -  Frits Bussemaker on Business Community Builder & D1G1T4L C0NN3CT0R


What can you get out of it?

  • Hear interesting insights about a theme that is close to your heart.
  • Pick up practical ideas from an experienced politician, policymaker, academic, entrepreneur, etc.
  • Meet people at the same stage of their professional and academic life as you
  • Perhaps continue staying in touch with them.

   Sounds interesting isn’t?


How can I register?

Simply send an email with a few lines on who you are, what you do, and mentioning the chat(s) you are interested in, to


All the information:


Upcoming fireside chats, content

We especially invite you to register your interest for this upcoming Fireside Chat:

8 March 2021 at 15:00 CET

Patrice Chazerand on “AI, a bridge too far? In which Pascal makes up for ‘Descartes’ Error’”

    Director, Global Digital Foundation       

Prior to joining DIGITALEUROPE, Patrice Chazerand was the Secretary-General of the Interactive Software Federation of Europe (ISFE), the trade body of PC and videogames publishers operating in Europe between 2002 and 2009. In this capacity he has established PEGI, the only pan-European system of harmonised rating of digital content dealing with various topics such as internet content, protection of minors, privacy, freedom of expression and intellectual property; competition law as applied to interactive and user-generated content; Net neutrality, etc.

In 1999, Patrice Chazerand set up the Brussels office of Viacom which he ran as Vice President, European Affairs until 2002. During this tenure with Viacom he dealt with audiovisual content creation and distribution on all platforms, anti-piracy, EU audiovisual issues.

From 1989 to 1995, Patrice Chazerand was Director, Public Affairs, at AT&T France, and subsequently Managing Director from 1995 to 1999. He has extensive knowledge of telecom services and networks: regulation, interconnection, universal service, broadband deployment, next gen networks, etc.

Patrice Chazerand spent the first fifteen years of his career with the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, seven of which were at the Embassy of France in Washington.

“AI, a bridge too far? In which Pascal m

In a nutshell, I plan to build upon the challenge of keeping online gaming out of the scope of the AVMS Directive  - drawing from personal experience, in keeping with the rules of the ‘Fireside Chat’ game – with a view to argue that this type of advocacy and subtle interaction with policy makers is too challenging to ever be within AI reach. Come February, I hope that I will be on top of the fine line Pascal intended to draw between ‘esprit de géométrie’ (accessible to bots) and ‘esprit de finesse’ (forever off-limits).


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