• Site Addition: Measuring the Information Society
    News article6 February 2004

    A new 'activity page' has just been launched on the Information Society Portal profiling the statistics generated on the Information Society by Eurostat, the EU's statistical office. The page serves as a 'one stop shop' to all Eurostat reports relevant to the Information Society.

  • Safer Internet Day
    Event6 February 2004

    European Safer Internet Day is the celebration of children’s right to a safer Internet. The event will be celebrated in a number of EU Member States with the involvement of more than 150 multiplier organisations. The Safer Internet Awareness Campaign, an initiative under the European Commissions Safer Internet Programme, is promoting the event

  • EU celebrated Safer Internet Day
    Press release6 February 2004

    On 6th February 2004, the Safer Internet Day has been celebrated across Europe. This event focused on children's rights to a safer Internet as part of the European Commission's Safer Internet Programme. It showcased existing safer Internet projects, videos and awards developed with the backing of the programme. These programmes involve actors from the private, public and voluntary sectors. Safer Internet project members have contributed to several remarkable achievements. In October 2003 a worldwide child-porn ring was broken up following a tip from the Internet hotline association INHOPE. In November 2003 the new Internet Content Rating Association content filtering platform ICRAplus was launched. Events have been staged simultaneously in 12 European countries (Denmark, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom), as well as in Australia. These events involved public authorities, the Internet industry and hundreds of other organisations.

  • Radio Spectrum Policy Group : public call for consultation on switchover to digital broadcasting
    News article6 February 2004

    The Radio Spectrum Policy Group (RSPG) decided at its second meeting on 19 September 2003 to develop and adopt by November 2004 a RSPG Opinion on spectrum implications of switchover to digital broadcasting following a Request for Opinion issued by the Commission. In accordance to its policy to accompany its work by public consultations, the RSPG would welcome the views on this radio spectrum policy issue of all radio spectrum users, both commercial and non-commercial, as well as any other interested parties on the subject matter. Deadline for responses: 1 March 2004

  • 13th NID Workshop
    Event4 February 2004 to 6 February 2004

    The workshop will gather participants in the projects funded within the Nanotechnology Information Devices (NID) pro-active initiative. The workshop will stage the review meetings of 20 projects in the NID initiative, plenary presentations from invited speakers, and working group meetings on advanced research topics in nanotechnology and nanoelectronics. The NID initiative is part of the Information Society Technologies priority of the 5th Framework Programme of the European Union. It focuses on the application of a broad range of nano-scale technologies to information processing and on the perspectives for replacing mainstream approaches, such as CMOS, when they will reach the expected physical limits for miniaturisation.

  • Broadband and the Renewal of Europe's Economy
    Speech4 February 2004

    International Conference on Broadband, Lisbon, 4 February 2004

  • Information society statistics – Pocketbook – 2003 edition (PDF)
    Report / Study3 February 2004

    This is the third edition of the statistical Pocketbook on the Information Society. It aims to provide a statistical overview of key data on the Information Society in the European Union and in other European countries. The publication presents aggregated figures of the extent to which Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) have impacted the business sector and individuals. Now including also data on candidate countries.

  • Security research: EU action to improve protection of citizens
    Press release3 February 2004

    The European Commission presented on February 3rd the key elements for a test phase or "Preparatory Action" on security research. The Communication, entitled "Towards a programme to advance European security through Research and Technology", explains why security research needs to be co-ordinated at the EU level. It also presents key priority areas which need to be addressed such as: protection against terrorism (including bio terrorism); improving crisis management; and enhancing the security, reliability, protection and interoperability of communication systems, thus making it easier for civilian and military authorities across the EU to co-ordinate their actions. A €65 million budget has been earmarked for the initial phase (2004 2006). The Preparatory Action should lead to a full European Security Research Programme starting in 2007. This should bring together the necessary know-how and investment for the joint development of technologies which are critical for Europe's security. In the long term, it should also contribute to enhancing Europe's industrial competitive edge in these areas.

  • Connecting Europe at high speed: recent developments in the electronic communications sector
    Press release3 February 2004

    The importance of investment and use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) for further growth and jobs in Europe is highlighted in a communication adopted by the Commission on February 3rd in the run up to the Spring European Council. It underlines the importance of the electronic communication sector for the health of the European economy and its key role in boosting productivity. Further growth will be driven by the provision of new services over high-speed fixed and wireless networks making use of broadband and 3G mobile communications, while policy makers must do more to create the conditions for faster investment. The report singles out the implementation of the new regulatory framework for electronic communications, action to extend broadband coverage in underserved areas, stimulating demand and the successful role out of third generation mobile communications as top priorities. This should be supported by the on-going mid-term review of the eEurope 2005 Action Plan.