• IST/Janus Workshop: "Progressing the Information Society: the role of government"
    Event12 February 2003

    Co-organised by the Information Society Directorate General and Janus, one of the IST socio-economic Research project, this workshop will bring together 40 high-level participants from OECD, EP, IPTS, governments, industry and academia to discuss the role of government in the move towards the Information Society. The objectives : To identify the main opportunities and threats for governments in progressing the Information Society, to explore how policy makers can benefit from scenarios to determine appropriate policies about regional development and e-governance and to identify breaks in current socio-economic research that need to be adressed under the Sixth Framework Programme. Issues such as internet and democracy, regional benchmarking of e-government in European regions, digital economy opportunities for rural are or modelling to support sustainable policy will be adressed. A report will be available after the workshop.

  • "Is Digital TV a priority for Europe?"
    Speech12 February 2003

    Mr Erkki Liikanen, Member of the European Commission, responsible for Enterprise and the Information Society "Is Digital TV a priority for Europe?" PuntoIt Workshop European Parliament, Strasbourg, 11 February 2003

  • Commission urges Europe to move to Broadband
    Press release12 February 2003

    The European Union must accelerate the changeover to broadband services and third generation mobile communications, according to a new European Commission Communication on the state of the electronic communications sector. The report identifies broadband and "3G" as the main drivers of the sector. Commissioner Liikanen elaborated "Today, the Commission has invited all Member States to commit themselves to a comprehensive broadband strategy by the end of 2003".

  • eGovernment Information Day
    Event7 February 2003

    DG INFSO-C6 is organising an information day for proposers in the research area of eGovernment. This event aims at presenting the opportunities offered during the first Call for proposals while at the same time allowing participants to explore possible collaboration and networking in developing research proposals on eGovernment.

  • 'Broadband Day' a Success
    News article7 February 2003

    The Directorate General for Information Society organised a Broadband Day on January 28 2003 in Brussels. It aimed at identifying bottlenecks to broadband deployment with a view to clarifying the role of public policy in this context.

  • eGovernment Information Day
    News article6 February 2003

    DG INFSO-C6 is organising an information day for proposers in the research area of eGovernment. This event aims at presenting the opportunities offered during the first Call for proposals while at the same time allowing participants to explore possible collaboration and networking in developing research proposals on eGovernment. The eGovernment research area represents one of the major challenges in Europe today, while at the same time aims at supporting key European policies, indispensable for building a networked environment for public and private organisations and for all European citizens.

  • IT4ALL Congress
    Event5 February 2003 to 7 February 2003

    "On Opportunities and Challenges for the Regions in the New Information Society"

  • Open Platforms and Interoperable Services in Tomorrow's Information Society
    Speech4 February 2003

    Information Society and Enterprise Commissionner Erkki Liikanen speaks at the public hearing on open platforms and interoperability for digital television and 3G.

  • Video: Satellites against Skin Cancer
    Video2 February 2003

    Sun is bad for our skin. Even if we are aware of this, it is hard to resist wanting a suntan. For this reason, melanoma occurrences have been rising steadily in Europe since 1930. In the past two decades, about 60,000 new cases have been reported each year. In the fight against this pandemic, a new server known as SoDa will be a key weapon. Created by a team of twenty European researchers, it can calculate, in a few seconds, the level of solar radiation anywhere in the world.

  • Video: Harnessing Solar Energy
    Video2 February 2003

    The price of oil is going through the roof. There is concern about the protection of the environment and public health. These factors mean that we should look to renewable energy sources, which we already have at our disposal. SoDa is a European web server designed to collect and provide data relating to solar radiation in Europe and Africa. And it does it on the base of pictures from the meteorological satellites, including one called Meteosat. Solar radiation levels differ from one country to another and from one region to the next.

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