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Evagelos Kosmidis
18/12/2014 - 12:04

E-government and cloud-services: a Win-Win combination

This is a guest blog post written by Evagelos Kosmidis, project coordinator of e-Enviper

As owner of a very small size enterprise (v-SME) from Greece and a citizen of Europe, every day in my professional and personal life, I realize the need of better public services (e-government) and how the improvement and the “cloud-ification” of these services can really be a win-win situation for all involved parties.

As coordinator of e-Enviper, a project funded by the PSP-CIP programme and dealing with the improvement of environmental permitting procedures through the deployment of a workflow management software and based on cloud services, I faced a lot of challenges both in managerial and technical issues.

Throughout the course of the project I have learnt a

Kai Rannenberg
17/12/2014 - 10:17

Can you gain trust anonymously? Yes, you can!

This is a guest blog post written by ABC4Trust Project coordinator, Kai Rannenberg

The project Attribute-based Credentials for Trust (ABC4Trust), co-funded by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme, enhanced the understanding of Attribute-based Credentials (ABCs) as an identity management technology.

In a nutshell, we developed a system for electronic identification that benefits both the user's privacy and the counterparties' security. But let me give you some examples of how it works. The user receives attribute-based credentials that enable identification but allow him/her to choose which attributes are disclosed to the counterpart without transmitting unnecessary personal information. Privacy-ABCs can prevent usage patterns between different accesses of an individual user to the same or different

John Gallagher
15/12/2014 - 14:42

Can programmers write energy-efficient programs? The ENTRA project proposes a solution for energy-aware coding

This is a guest blog post, written by the project coordinator of ENTRA, John Patrick Gallagher.

The energy footprint of computers, from power-hungry server farms to billions of frequently charged smartphones, tablets and smart watches, is now an important part of the global energy consumption picture.  Hence we need more energy-efficient hardware, don't we?  Not necessarily. It turns out that the software that runs on modern hardware is often the culprit in energy inefficiency.

The problem is that it's not a simple matter to look at the code for two smartphone apps and understand which one will drain the battery faster. Very few programmers have an idea of how much power their programs dissipate or which parts of a program are energy hotspots.  It might also be different from one phone to another. That raises the question “can programmers

Riccardo Luna
01/12/2014 - 09:37

Digital Champions in Italy – building an army of 8000

On 19 September, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi appointed me as “Digital Champion”, advisor for the digital economy. I was of course delighted – but when it was made official, my first thought was: “What do I do now? How do I get every Italian digital"?

I was already familiar with the role. Originally, the EU Commission called for member states to appoint Digital Champions – because (as Neelie Kroes put it) the digital world should be supported by “fighters, not bureaucrats”. And I had followed the successes of Digital Champions in other countries with growing interest.

I was particularly taken by one idea by Martha Lane Fox, UK Digital Champion: "Go On UK!", to help UK citizens lead Europe in digital skills.

It has been an

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Mario Campolargo
24/11/2014 - 15:55

Transforming Cities into Innovation Engines

Between 18 and 20 of November 2014 FIWARE stand was one of the most innovative and attended places in Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona. This was where FIWARE put on show the most innovative developments for Smart Cities, with real services, demos, conferences and training sessions.

Joran Frik
21/11/2014 - 15:03

Conference on eID: a key to business growth and innovation

It was interesting to meet with senior level decision makers from a wide range of important business sectors like telecoms, airlines and banks across the EU. I believe the  the broad involvment of industry clearly demonstrated the importance of the event. Industry representatives spoke in clear support of the need to work closely together on the cross-border use of electronic identities not only in the EU, but also beyond. As one panelist pointed out: "This is truly a unique opportunity where we are finally all behind the same table and we are not sitting back to back".

In a nutshell, the most important issues I noted during the day were that:

  • A deciding factor for the success of eID will be focusing on the customer and his experience.

  • Convenience will play a big role. For example, data should be provided on a 'once only' principle: a customer

John Murray
19/11/2014 - 11:16

The Emergence of a New Horizon for SMEs in Cross Border e-Services

Firstly to provide some context I am a founder of a software consulting house based in Dublin that participates in the e-SENS project – so none of the project outputs were in themselves going to be ‘interesting’ to me. This event was however unusual in that it brought together: project participants; EC DG officials and external public/private organisations to show case the project and its context. Being mindful of the fact that this event took place while the project was still in train!

The context in which the e-SENS project sits and its strategic importance to the larger over-arching initiatives such as the CEF (Connecting Europe Facility) and the

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Eddy Hartog
18/11/2014 - 11:30

ITU Plenipotentiary meeting 2014

I look back on a very productive Plenipotentiary meeting of the International Telecommunication Union in Busan on October/November 2014.

With the decisions adopted the ITU confirms to be willing to work on issues of Internet governance within its remit and within the existing ecosystem. This is good news, as it allows the various stakeholders to make the necessary changes from within the system. This fits very well with the opinion expressed by various EU representatives over the last few months.

The ITU member states also agreed on a review of the need to have a revision of the International Telecommunications Regulations. While the European Union does not see the merit of starting such a review even before the new rules are operational, I think that the outcome is a reasonable compromise. I can

Mario Campolargo
14/11/2014 - 17:55

Spectrum requirements for 5G: we're just getting started!

I am pleased that the first EU workshop on spectrum requirements for 5G gathered almost 200 participants from Europe and beyond (replay available in webcast). I was especially pleased to see that all the relevant stakeholders were part of this important discussion: industry, national regulators, service providers, as well as a wide range of actors of the value chain and of potential use cases.

Roberto Viola, Deputy Director General of DG CONNECT, opened the meeting by giving his own vision. He highlighted that the most critical goal for 5G will probably be to ensure ubiquitous connectivity with a high and consistent Quality of Experience.

Ryan Heath
13/11/2014 - 18:35

Digital now!

ICT2014 is landmark public event of organized by Directorate-General for Informatics (DIGIT). On Tuesday 18 November it will bring together more than 750 people across the European Commission who are delivering digital change in their work each day.

This year's 8th edition 'DIGITAL NOW!' will look at how innovation should help public administrations face the challenges ahead as regards performance, engagement with citizens, keeping up with innovations, and security.

The line-up of speakers is fantastic – from those who helped deliver the amazing digital identities of the UK, Estonia and The Guardian, to senior execs from companies such as Cisco and founders of the internet like Gerry McGovern, and entrepeneurs from companies like

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