• ICT for Energy Efficiency 2010: Registration is now open!
    Events9 December 2009 to 20 February 2010

    Registration is now open for the High Level Event 2010 on ICT for Energy Efficiency, which will be held in Brussels on 23-24 February 2010. Member States, local and regional authorities, industry and civil society will gather in Brussels for discussions that will be focused on policies and technical advances in the fields of ICT for Energy Efficiency, Smart Cities, Smart Metering, Smart Buildings, Logistics and Transport, Smart Grid, The role of the Media in improving awareness, Energy Efficient Data Centres and New Business Models on an Energy Liberalised Market. Find out more on the event website at http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/events/ict4ee/2010/register/index_en.htm.

  • eVIA Spanish Technological Platform - General Assembly
    Events9 December 2009 to 10 December 2009

    eVIA is the Spanish Technological Platform for eHealth, eWellness and Social Cohesion. eVIA gathers stakeholders, end-users, associations, public administrations, industry and researchers, intending to promote effective and market oriented R&D. At this General Assembly new working groups will be launched in the areas of eHealth, such as interoperability, privacy, telemedicine, citizens involvement; eAccessibility: interoperability, digital TV, ICT for physical accessibility, accessibility in tourism. The existing groups will share their progress and last activities : Social Spaces for Innovation and Research, AAL, technology watch, accessible entertainment and rehabilitation, inclusion of minorities, Assistive technologies, eLearning and other areas.

  • Cool Connections event
    Events9 December 2009

    "ICT and climate change" will be the main theme of this event organised by the European Telecommunications Network Operators’ Association (ETNO). Through a live video link, participants will be able to exchange with experts working on climate change issues at remote places, such as the Princess Elisabeth Polar Stations. The live connections will be followed by a panel debate on the key contribution of ICT to sustainability with representatives of all key stakeholders, including Jo Leinen, MEP, Chair of the European Parliament's Environmental Committee and Fabio Colasanti, Director General at the Information Society and Media DG of the European Commission.

  • Internet access and use in 2009 : One person in two in the EU uses the internet daily
    Press releases8 December 2009

    In the 27 EU Member States, 65% of households had access to the internet during the first quarter of 2009, compared with 60% during the first quarter of 2008, and 56% had a broadband internet connection in 2009, compared with 49% in 2008. These data published by Eurostat, the Statistical Office of the European Communities, represent only a small part of the results of a survey on Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) usage in households and by individuals in the EU27 Member States, the candidate countries, Norway, Iceland and Serbia. As well as internet use and broadband connections, the survey also covers other indicators such as e-shopping, e-government and advanced communication and content related services.

  • Telecoms: Commission endorses amended version of Austrian broadband access market definition
    Press releases8 December 2009

    The European Commission has given its green light to the amended definition of the wholesale broadband access market (WBA) notified by the Austrian regulator RTR (Rundfunk und Telekom Regulierungs GmbH). On 5 October 2009, the Commission had expressed serious doubts about the market definition as originally notified by RTR on 3 September 2009 (see IP/09/1414 ). RTR has now provided sufficient evidence that mobile broadband connections are substitutes to fixed line broadband connections for Austrian residential customers. RTR has also modified its wholesale market definition and now excludes all bitstream access for residential customers from regulation. Nevertheless, the Commission invites RTR to closely monitor market developments and to change the market definition if its forecasts on the continued substitutability of fixed and mobile broadband products and next generation access network (NGA) roll-out prove to be incorrect.

  • Testing and refining criteria to assess media literacy levels in all Member States — SMART 2010/0006.
    Call for tenders7 December 2009 to 19 January 2010

    This call for tender is published by the European Commission as part of its work on media literacy and in the perspective of its reporting obligation on media literacy levels as indicated in the Audiovisual Media Services Directive. This new study will build on the results of the previous one. Main tasks include : Analysing the existing assessment criteria and suggesting changes and/or additional ones; Testing the assessment criteria in all Member States; Comparing the media literacy levels and drafting national and European reports on media literacy levels in all Member States.

  • ECTA Annual Regulatory Conference 2009
    Events7 December 2009 to 9 December 2009

    This event will cover topics such as the European Digital Agenda for 2020; the EU Telecoms Framework Review; copyright; Commission state aid proposals; developments in next generation access policy; regulating in a bundled environment and the digital dividend. Workshops will also focus on data protection, state aid, net neutrality and telecoms issues in Eastern Europe.

  • Study on Assessment Criteria for Media Literacy Levels - Final report
    Reports and studies7 December 2009

    The objective of this study was to analyse the most appropriate criteria for the assessment of media literacy levels and provide the Commission with a set of such criteria.

  • Learning 2.0: The Impact of Web 2.0 Innovations on Education and Training in Europe
    Reports and studies7 December 2009

    Evidence shows that social computing is already affecting the ways in which people find, create, share and learn knowledge, through rich media opportunities and in collaboration with each other. These practices are at the core of Education and Training, as they promote the competences needed for future jobs and enable new tools for educational institutions.

  • Impact of social computing on the EU Information Society and Economy
    Reports and studies7 December 2009

    The report features a comprehensive empirical analysis of Social Computing that is intended to inform policy makers. Social Computing has both direct and indirect effects on the implementation of the European Lisbon strategy, especially on the post-i2010 agenda currently being drafted. The research has been conducted by the Information Society Unit at JRC-IPTS over the last three years.