• European Commission proposes stepping up EU action to combat child porn, racism and spam on the internet
    Press release12 March 2004

    Safer Internet plus, a new €50 million, 4-year programme to make the internet safer for children, was proposed by the European Commission today. This programme, running from 2005 to 2008, would build upon EU work under way since 1996 to combat illegal and harmful internet content. Encompassing new media, such as videos, and new issues such as "spam", it would bring in accession countries, and focus more closely on end users: parents, educators and children. It aims to mobilise talent in the public, private and voluntary sectors to prepare hard-hitting safety campaigns. Its four action lines are: fighting illegal content; tackling unwanted and harmful content (including spam); promoting a safer environment, and awareness-raising.

  • European Business Summit
    Event11 March 2004 to 12 March 2004

    The third European Businees Summit will bring together all different actors in Europe interested in discussing the development of Europe. This years Summit is entitled 'Research and innovation: A European strategy for more growth and jobs' and will focus on discussing the Lisbon goals of making Europe the most competitive knowledgebased economy by 2010. Erkki Liikanen, European Commissioner for Enterprise and the Information Society, will be a speaker in the session 'The ICT challenge: Getting connected to an e-Europe' on March 12.

  • Ambient Intelligence @Work communities launch preparatory workshop
    Event10 March 2004

    Workshop organised for the AMI@Work family of self-organising ERA communities relating to New Working Environments. This family of communities links people in new and existing EU Member States (and beyond) for a European Research and Innovation Area at work. This family facilitates new working environments innovation. Seven parallel sessions are foreseen : Collaboration@Work, Knowledge@Work, Mobility@Work, SEEM@Work ( Single European Electronic Market), Rural@Work (Rural Information Society, Extended AgriFood Products and Services), Life-Cycle Management @Work (Sustainability, Individualisation and Interoperability for Products, Services and Environments, Well-being Services @Work (Well-being, Health Sector and Social Services) The AMI@Work family of communities main launch event is foreseen to be held in June or July 2004

  • Wide consultation on wireless tagging
    News article10 March 2004

    The ability of wireless tags technology to identify individual items in space could have a radical impact on the way we interact with the physical world in the information age. With this in mind the European Commission is organizing a wide consultation on wireless smart tags investigating the need for further research in the technology and application domain. The result of the consultation will be presented in a workshop held on April 20 in Brussels and serve as a position paper in discussions on the content of the 6th framework workprogramme for 2005 and 2006. Consultation closes on 12 April 2004.

  • European IST Prize : applications to be sent before 5 May 2004
    News article10 March 2004

    Now in its tenth year, the European Information Society Technologies Prize is an award for groundbreaking products that represent the best of European innovation in information society technologies. The Prize is organised by Euro-CASE with the sponsorship and support of the European Commission within the framework of the IST Programme. It provides public recognition and a highly visible profile to innovative companies that convert novel ideas into marketable products. Out of 50 to 70 Nominees 20 Winners will be chosen, with Prizes of € 5,000 each. Out of these, 3 Grand Prize Winners will be selected, with Prizes of € 200,000 each and the European IST Prize Trophy. All Winners are invited to exhibit their product at the IST 2004 Event in The Hague on 15-17 November 2004.

  • 10th Global Grid Forum
    Event9 March 2004 to 13 March 2004

    The primary objectives of the Global Grid Forum (GGF) are to promote and support the development, deployment, and implementation of Grid technologies and applications via the creation and documentation of 'best practices'. This international event - which will be attended by over 600 members of the Grid community - will have a strong European participation. On this occasion EU-funded research activities in the Grid domain will be presented by Wolfgang Boch, Head of Unit 'Grid Technologies', of the European Commission's DG Information Society. For further information, visit www.cordis.lu/ist/grids or www.ggf.org

  • Commission welcomes Member States' renewed political commitment to electronic communications industry
    Press release9 March 2004

    Telecommunications Ministers meeting in Brussels on 8 March have signalled their confidence in the improved prospects for the electronic communications sector. In a wide ranging discussion Ministers highlighted the importance of a mobile, on-line and inclusive information society to drive growth and deliver new jobs and improved productivity. This is their message to the Spring European Council. In wide ranging conclusions, the Council examined the state of the telecommunications sector, the mid-term review of the eEurope 2005 Action Plan, the fight against spam and the development of a global information society. The upbeat mood reflected the announcements from industry over recent weeks of a range of new mobile data services and devices and continuing strong growth in broadband which now reaches around 6% of the EU population (a total of 20 million lines). At the same time Council highlighted the need for rapid implementation of the new legislative framework for electronic communications and identified a range of detailed steps to build the information society.

  • ICT recovery on European horizon
    News article9 March 2004

    The Western European market for Information Technology and Telecommunications (ICT) is expected to grow by more than 3% in 2004, according to the latest report by the European Information Technology Obser-vatory (EITO). It sees signs of recovery for the ICT market in Europe and worldwide, driven by converging networks and systems and the growth of e-business in particular.

  • Public consultation on two files related to Leased Lines
    News article8 March 2004

    The European Commission's DG Information Society launches a public call for input on two files related to leased lines: the first one concerns the possible revision of the Commission Decision on "the minimum set of leased lines" and the second one concerns the possible revision of the Commission Recommendation on "the provision of leased lines in the European Union, part II - Pricing of wholesale leased line part circuits". Interested parties are invited to give their views and detailed comments on both documents in writing by 31 March 2004.