Digital Agenda for Europe
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Other Stakeholders' Day ideas

Apart from the ideas which made it to the final selection on the Digital Agenda Stakeholder Day 2010 and are going to present their progress at the Digital Agenda Assembly in June 2011, below are other ideas generated in the thematic workshops.


Put users at the centre

Best practice on e-ID & digital signature within Digital Agenda

ICT and sustainability: there is considerable interest in sustainability among individual consumers and businesses but they need the right information to make informed choices. Currently, however, information on the environmental impact of ICT products and other goods is often unavailable. Clear, trusted and consistent information is needed.

Digital mentors and e-skills: developing skills at all ages and for all citizens with the help of digital mentors, leading to an improvement of several areas such as e-government, e-culture, e-health etc.

Digital Agenda for each country: Digital Agenda for each country with an ambassador who would coordinate the EU agenda at country level and coordinate exchange among different stakeholders.

Virtual cities: the Digital City was chosen as an example to show how to connect ongoing initiatives on the ground, using open collaboration, to provide solutions to real problems of real people with the help of ICT. Examples were to use collective intelligence (based on web 2.0, social networking, semantic web), to include the open minds of "digital natives" to develop solutions, to build and share skills and knowledge, and to make sure that initiatives are connected locally and globally to maximise exchange of experience.

Procurement, IT & Standards initiative: public authorities should make best use of the full range of relevant standards when procuring hardware, software and IT services, for example by selecting standards which can be implemented by all interested suppliers, allowing for more competition and reduced risk of lock-in. Detailed guidance is needed on how to analyse a technology buyer’s requirements to make best use of ICT standards in tender specifications, to help public procurers to properly refer to standards in their tender specifications.

Secure communications: create secure email for European citizens by increasing the interoperability of the email/citizen account systems provided to citizens in different countries. Develop the technical architecture and standards and evaluate the regulatory needs for the secure European email system.

Security and trust online: also means protecting consumers from spending money on unsafe or counterfeit goods, from being hurt themselves or their minor children by illegal content or from suffering from privacy violations. This idea encompassed all three aspects in a common logic and proposed: 1. For the unsafe/counterfeit goods: protect consumers through authenticated RFID, along the principle : one good – one certified RFID. 2. Protection from harmful/illegal content: via "notice and take down "procedures, via auto-search software and via EU trust marks. 3. Protecting their privacy : via e-authentication - safe ID/safe communications.

Competitions and campaigns: create a big annual Digital Europe Competition combining the elements of existing Europe-wide competitions such as the Eurovision Song Contest. The best ideas in different categories would be rewarded (f. ex. best application). The rewarded concepts should be inclusive, address real world needs and reach out to regions all around Europe.

Broadband rollout: establish a map of existing infrastructure at national and EU level. This would involve a stakeholder group with representatives from the member states.

Broadband financing: building the infrastructure using money coming from users. Fixed fees paid to incumbents would constitute a Digital Fund. This idea is related to the idea of proposing customer ownership of last mile.

eCommerce: implement a pan-European trust mark and establish online dispute resolution.

Digital content: to establish a European digital creativity day promoting the positive values of digital content and creativity from the viewpoint of all stakeholders. The stakeholder group supporting this initiative would include internet service providers, rights holders, consumers, manufacturers etc.


Last updated on 01/10/2012 - 17:34