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Roberto Viola
24/07/2015 - 15:12

What next for EU telecom rules?

This review is a key part of the Commission's strategy for a Digital Single Market, adopted on May 6. It will look at to what extent we need to modernise the telecoms regulatory environment to address technological and market challenges. The review will be closely coordinated with other DSM initiatives, like those on audiovisual media services, platforms and intermediaries and trust and security.  

The Commission also has the legal obligation to ensure that EU rules function correctly. So, this week we are starting a Regulatory Fitness and Performance Programme (REFIT)

Robert Madelin
16/07/2015 - 08:26

Knowing who's behind the media

These are legitimate requests. Many companies have learned to address them and profile themselves as responsible economic players. More information made available to the public also means more citizen and consumer empowerment.

Thanks to recent new EU Anti-Money laundering rules, all companies will be subject to certain ownership transparency requirements. However, some believe that transparency requirements for media companies should be more stringent, as they have a specific and fundamental role in democratic societies.

Some ask in particular for more details about the real owner(s) of media companies to be revealed. According to these demands, this information can empower citizens to assess the news provided by the media more consciously and critically. This

Mario Campolargo
10/07/2015 - 10:05

EuCNC2015: Moving forward, shaping up 5G vision

In numbers, the 24th EUCNC could be quickly summarised as follows:

  • More than 500 high profile professionals attended
  • 110 high-quality scientific papers published in the prestigious IEEE Xplore Digital Library delivering full text access to the world's highest quality technical literature in engineering and technology presented
  • 36 demonstration booths
  • 11 special sessions
  • 12 themed workshops

EuCNC2015 kept its promise, it was mainly about 5G and the "EU vision for 5G". During the conference we proudly launched and presented the

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Yasser Omar
07/07/2015 - 14:38

Good quantum vibrations helping photosynthesis

Finding the exit of a labyrinth

Wouldn't it be easier to find the exit of a labyrinth if you could try different paths at the same time? Certainly! But is it possible? Well, it turns out the answer is... yes, if you're quantum!

Matter, at the scale of atoms and of the particles that constitute them, follows the laws of quantum physics. Namely, it can exist in a superposition of states, or evolve in a superposition of paths. However surprising or even unbelievable this principle may be, it's a cornerstone of quantum theory.

But such superpositions are fragile. Typically, they can be present in a well isolated quantum system. In a system that is in contact with an environment, the quantum superpositions are usually destroyed by that interaction.

It was thus believed that to exploit quantum superpositions to find the exit of a

Kasper Hornbæk
01/07/2015 - 15:08

Soon you will find yourself asking "Is my phone alive?"

The GHOST project aims at creating shape-changing interfaces. These are display surfaces made of malleable materials that can change into and retain arbitrary shapes, displaying output from a computer system and allowing new actions. I see an increasing number of shape-changing interfaces currently emerging as commercial prototypes, and expect to see major players launch smartphones with shape-changing functionality most likely within the next five years.

The GHOST project has demonstrated 3D bar charts and user interface objects that levitate.  Nevertheless, in my opinion, truly successful shape-changing interfaces are only in part about technology. Though plenty of technological issues remain to be solved, shape-changing interfaces are

Thibaut Kleiner
30/06/2015 - 14:36

Back from the Internet of Things week 2015, a boost of energy and ideas to go on

This was the 6th edition and you could see that over the years the IoT has become more than a techno dream and it is today a real market. It becomes clear to everyone that the vision of connecting everything to networks will have vast economic potential and enormous positive social impact. According to our latest study, the IoT market value in the EU is expected to exceed one trillion euros in 2020! That is the key to our prosperity and competitiveness.

During this week rich in IoT discussions I had the unique opportunity to meet many innovators both from the research and business worlds.  I had the chance to see again colleagues from the European Research Cluster on the Internet of Things(IERC) and learn more about their latest work. I discussed with Smart

Pearse O'donohue
19/06/2015 - 17:38

Cloud computing at the forefront of the digital economy

The recent evidence provided in the study on the "Uptake of Cloud in Europe" confirms the increasing adoption of cloud services in the EU by industry according to the size of their business and country of origin.  Furthermore, the research indicates that from 2015 to 2020 cloud computing can create 1 million new jobs in Europe.  This potential was a significant factor in the development of the Commission's strategy for a Digital Single Market, such that cloud has a prominent and visible role to enhance the digital economy.

With this more prominent role come more challenges.

We need Europe-wide solutions.  We need scale.  We need cross-border opportunities for business and citizens to make sure that Europe remains

Mario Scillia
17/06/2015 - 17:02

FELIX: Strengthening Global Research Cooperation in Software Defined Networks Testing

I strongly believe in the impact of collaborative research, especially when researching the future of a truly global infrastructure such as the Internet.  Our FIRE (Future Internet Research and Experimentation) initiative features a number of EU projects cooperating with researchers and experimenters around the world in a bid to develop the technologies and standards that will drive the Internet of tomorrow.

One of our projects representing this collaborative approach is FELIX (FEderated Test-beds for Large-scale Infrastructure eXperiments). Focusing on software-defined

Bronagh Walton
12/06/2015 - 16:13

Cannes Film Festival: the perfect showcase for EU film production, audiovisual business and political debates

In 'The Architecture of Happiness" the philosopher Alain de Boton discusses the importance of the working environment on productivity and job satisfaction. When the European Commission's small MEDIA team arrived at the European Pavillion during the Festival de Cannes, I thought to myself: "this must be one of the best offices on earth!”. A typical office it is not. The turquoise Mediterranean sea laps the white sand and the gleaming spires of the European village that is filled with thousands of independent European film and TV producers who come to one of the most important film festivals worldwide to exhibit their latest work visible to the vast audience.

Cannes is usually a sleepy fishing village, but transformed for two weeks a year into the home of the global movie industry. Everyone is there from mega producers like Harvey Weinstein with seemingly

Nicole Dewandre
10/06/2015 - 13:05

5th CoP meeting: Breathing life into the new framework for better SRCR

The adoption of the Better Regulation package is a milestone for self- and co-regulation which mirrors the maturity of the debates we are having in the Community of Practice. Set up in 2013, this community indeed witnessed a shift from a "for or against" type of discussion to a "when and how" one. Now, not only the Principles are endorsed as benchmarks for well-designed non-regulatory actions, but the continuum between SR and CR is also acknowledged: hard and soft regulations are not alternative and exclusive options, but interact with each other in a dynamic and genuine way. Moreover, SRCR is now confirmed as a policy option at the impact assessment stage and recognized as means of implementation.

On Friday 12 June, the CoP members