Theodore Christakis appointed to the French Digital Council

on the June 13, 2018

Theodore Christakis, Deputy Director of the Grenoble Alpes Data Institute, has been appointed as a member of the French Digital Council (CNNum) by an order published in the Official Journal of the French Republic on May 29.
The French Digital Council is an independent advisory commission composed by thirty members appointed by order of the Prime Minister on the proposal of the Minister in charge of digital issues for a period of two years. The Council's members come from across the digital spectrum and they are selected on the basis of their multidisciplinary skills in this field. The Council issues independent opinions and recommendations on any question relating to the impact of digital technologies on economy and society. The government can consult the Council on new legislation or draft regulations. The Council also organises public consultations at both local and national level, and is in constant contact with France's digital ecosystem, including the government, elected officials, members of civil society, researchers, digital experts, entrepreneurs and professional organisations.

Theodore Christakis is Professor of International Law at the Université Grenoble Alpes and a Senior Member of the Institut Universitaire de France. He is director of the Centre for International Security and European Studies (CESICE) and a deputy Director of the Grenoble Alpes Data Institute. He has been a visiting professor at several foreign universities and has been invited more than 75 times to present his research in international conferences, symposia and seminars in 28 countries.

Théodore Christakis has published or co-edited 9 books and is the author or co-author of more than 60 scientific articles and book chapters. His recent publications include the book Cyber-Attacks. Prevention-Reaction: The Role of States and Private Actors” (with K. Bannelier, Revue Défense Nationale, Paris, 2017) which was the preliminary study to the International Conference Building International Peace and Security in Cyberspace organized by the French Government in UNESCO on 6 and 7 April 2017: ( and which was awarded the “Cyberdefense” Book Award of the International Cybersecurity Forum (FIC 2018). They also include a Legal Opinion prepared at the request of CEIS and Microsoft in the so-called “Microsoft Ireland” Case (United States Supreme Court):

He is now one of the 30 new members of CNNum, appointed on May 29th.


Salwa Toko, Mounir Mahjoubi and Théodore Christakis

The composition of the new CNNum respects an exemplary parity.

Here are the 15 women and 15 men composing CNNum 2018 (in alphabetical order):

•    Yann Algan,
•    Gilles Babinet,
•    Maud Bailly,
•    Annie Blandin-Obernesser,
•    Jérémie Boroy,
•    Mohammed Boumediane,
•    Théodore Christakis,
•    Olivier Clatz,
•    Nathalie Collin,
•    Vincent Costalat,
•    Maryne Cotty-Eslous,
•    Karine Dognin-Sauze,
•    Gaël Duval,
•    Gérald Elbaze,
•    Hind Elidrissi,
•    Florette Eymenier,
•    Sophie Flak,
•    Henri Isaac,
•    Tatiana Jama,
•    Loubna Ksibi,
•    Anne Lalou-Schneider,
•    Thomas Landrain,
•    Litzie Maarek,
•    Laura Medji,
•    Françoise Mercadal-Delassalles,
•    Hervé Pillaud,
•    Jean-Charles Samuelian,
•    Salwa Toko, founder of Becomtech (ex-Wifilles), an association to raise awareness of young women in digital, becomes the new president of CNNum,
•    Christian Vanizette,
•    Alexandre Zapolsky.

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Published on June 13, 2018