The first speaker of DLDw13, Viviane Reding, kicks off the two-day conference by tipping her hat at the powerful women with her today. She thanks Steffi Czerny, DLD Founder, for her relentless passion for connecting people, and Khatia Buniatishvili for her piano concert.
Reding's topic for today is personal data protection. The vice-president of the European Commission in charge of justice, says Europeans have the right to decide whether they offer up personal privacy for national protection. "We believe when our data is grabbed from us, this has to be done on the basis of law," says Reding. The Prism programme, in that sense, is a wake up call for Europe. Data protection and national safety are not to be understood as enemies, Reding argues. They are balanced interests.
Women in power are key in turning that understanding into reality. Reding supports gender equality through her action Women on Boards. Next year, she promises, "I'll be here again to tell you that this is done."
Viviane Reding is also co-chairwoman of DLDwomen.