Cyber Defense High Level Dialog: from the Russia-Ukraine battlefield to Cyberwarfare with Authoritarian Regimes

Mar 13, 2022Event Updates

As cyberattacks could be an effective and fatal method for belligerent and totalitarian regimes to threaten national security, sovereignty, and autonomy of other nations, the Global Alliance for Digital Governance (GADG) organizes the Cyber Defense High Level Dialog: from Russia-Ukraine battlefield to Cyberwarfare with Authoritarian Regimes. This dialog unites governments, organizations, and companies to prevent cyberattacks from totalitarian, dictatorial countries such as China, Russia, and others.

Given the mission of the Global Alliance for Digital Governance, which is to establish Global Law and Accord on AI and Digital, cyber security is highly relevant. The dialog aims to exchange ideas on building international rules and alliance for cyber peace and security.


The date and time of the dialog is as followed:

Time: from March 10, 2022 to April 15, 2022.

Format: High Level Dialog format, Chatham House Rule.


Moderator: Governor Michael Dukakis, Chair of Boston Global Forum

Speakers: Leaders of Governments, Organizations, Companies, and Distinguished Thinkers


Professor Alex Sandy Pentland, MIT

Professor Nazli Choucri, MIT

Professor Thomas Patterson, Harvard, Co-founder of Boston Global Forum

Professor David Silbersweig, Harvard

Nguyen Anh Tuan, CEO of Boston Global Forum

Mats Karlsson, Former President of World Bank, Representative of BGF in Stockholm and London

Paul Nemitz, Director for Fundamental Rights and Union citizenship in the Directorate-General for JUSTICE of the European Commission, co-author of the AIWS-G7 Summit Initiative 2019, Representative of Boston Global Forum in Berlin and Brussels

Professor Francesco Lapenta, Representative of Boston Global Forum in Rome

Professor Derek Reveron, US War Naval College



Cyber Defense: from Russia-Ukraine battlefield to Cyber-warfare with Authoritarian Regimes

  • Cyberwarfare between Russia and Ukraine (including information war)
  • Cyber threats from Russia, China and solutions to them
  • International Accord on AI and Digital
  • Building a trusted information society


March 10, 2022:

Opening Remarks, Governor Michael Dukakis and Nguyen Anh Tuan

The Boston Globe Letters – Globe Opinion: AI, a means of progress, can do harm if in the wrong hands


BGF High Level Dialogs are special and flexible meetings and discussions of leaders: 


  • To bring together, under the auspices of the Boston Global Forum (BGF), high level leaders in various sectors of the global landscape, together with distinguished thinkers, to reflect upon the format of the GADG, the issues it will seek to address, and contribute towards the emergence of reason-based and harmonious solutions.
  • “Connect and convince” governments, international organizations, and multinational entities to initiate actions to address global issues in a way that is “faster, smarter, more effective”

Format and Principles

  • This special high-level dialogue of the Boston Global Forum (BGF) will be convened in a Chatham House, where views and ideas are cited but not attributed, in an inclusive and flexible format that is free and relaxed;
  • Contributions can be received through in-person participation as well as inputs by online, email or video clip. The sharing and distribution of content will be restricted to registered participants to whose privacy BGF is committed;
  • Should BGF wish to quote from or cite any contributions, it would do so only after seeking and receiving the concurrence of the authors.

Boston Global Forum and the coordinators of GADG will conduct and moderate the event and coordinate the finalization of an outcome document which will be shared with participants before dissemination. The document will incorporate suggested ideas and initiatives that would animate movements and campaigns to identify problems that may emerge in defining the GADG and the best means to their resolution. It will also be a point of departure for a continued and sustained conversation through interactive forums, including social media, a truly global dialogue that will be a digital treasury of ideas that enrich the “AIWS City”.