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Civil liability – adapting liability rules to the digital age and artificial intelligence

This public consultation aims to: confirm the relevance of the issues identified by the 2018 evaluation of the Product Liability Directive (e.g. how to apply the Directive to products in the digital and circular economy), and gather information and views on how to improve the Directive (Section I); collect information on the need and possible ways to address issues related specifically to damage caused by Artificial Intelligence systems, which concerns both the Product Liability Directive and national civil liability rules (Section II).

 
Have your say on children’s rights online

How can we ensure that we promote, protect, respect and fulfil the rights of all children and young people when they go online? Have your say in the #DigitalDecade4YOUth consultation, running from 1 September until 11 October 2021.

 
Inauguration of new European supercomputer in Bulgaria

Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, has inaugurated the latest supercomputer of the European High Performance Computing Joint Undertaking: Discoverer, in the Sofia Tech Park, Bulgaria.

 
The European Cybersecurity Competence Centre and Network: Commission issues guidelines for evaluation of National Coordination Centers’ capacity to manage EU funds

The Commission has adopted guidelines for evaluation of National Coordination Centres (‘NCCs’) capacity to manage EU funds. This is a new step in the implementation of the Regulation establishing a new Cybersecurity Competence Centre and Network. The Network will be constituted of 27 National Coordination Centres, one from each Member State, to boost research excellence and the competitiveness of the Union in this field.

 
Annual Privacy Forum 2022 - Call for papers

ENISA, DG CONNECT, the Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University and the Koźminski University are organizing the Annual Privacy Forum (APF) 2022. On this occasion, a call for papers presenting original work on the themes of data protection and privacy and their repercussions on technology, business, government, law, society, policy and law enforcement has been launched.

 
EuCNC 2022 and 6G Summit – Call for papers

The European Conference on Networks and Communications (EuCNC) and the 6G Summit, the two leading European conferences on future communication systems, will hold a joint conference

 
Mapping of national rules applicable to video-sharing platforms: illegal and harmful content online

Mapping of national rules applicable to video-sharing platforms: illegal and harmful content online, a report prepared by the European Audiovisual Observatory for the European Commission co-financed under the Creative Europe Programme, looks at the different current approaches of the EU27 countries plus the UK and Norway regarding the rules applicable to video-sharing platforms (VSPs) to address illegal and harmful content online.

 
Local Digital Twins: Forging the Cities of Tomorrow

Part of the European Week of the Regions, this workshop aimed to explore: What are Local Digital Twins? How can both small and medium sized and larger cities benefit from them? What steps are needed for the planning, design, and implementation of Digital Twins in cities? How can Capacity Building empower cities in this endeavor? What are the main challenges and potential are for the implementation of Digital Twins?

 
HofladenBOX: Bavaria’s award-winning digital platform boosts rural business with EU funds

2021 Rural Inspiration Awards Winner, HofladenBOX digital platform’s online marketplace connects small local producers with customers to boost rural business in Fürth district, Bavaria. “We wanted to change the way we purchase our food” explains Mareike Schalk, who founded HofladenBOX with Birgit Wegner using EU LEADER funds. Creating a local market reduces costs and emissions, and supports the development of this rural area with jobs and improved services. Connectivity is essential for HofladenBOX: “To keep rural areas attractive, it is important to have the same connectivity as in cities.”

 
WiFi4EU - 3 simple steps to make your town digital

More than 5000 WiFi4EU networks have already been rolled out across Europe. Are you a WiFi4EU beneficiary? Do you want to know more about the steps needed to redeem your €15,000 voucher? Watch this new WiFi4EU video to learn all about the process and transform your town into a digital town!

 
Concordia map 2.0: courses for cybersecurity professionals

It’s been more than two years since CONCORDIA launched the map displaying short courses and training for cybersecurity professionals. The recently released new version brings a new look, new fields and new content. In addition, every cybersecurity course provider can share and promote their course.

 
The Internet of Things for Active and Healthy Ageing

In recent years, the European Commission has contracted numerous large-scale innovation projects to drive the digitisation of industry in Europe and beyond. Many of the digital solutions developed by EU-funded projects in the healthcare sector will soon be available on the market, some already having proven to be effective in real-life trials.

 
Living-in.eu reaches 100 signatories

The Deputy-Mayor of Budapest, Mr Gábor Kerpel-Fronius, joined today’s Living-in.eu plenary meeting to announce the city’s signature of the Join Boost Sustain declaration, making it the 100th signatory of the Living-in.eu movement.

 
President von der Leyen at the ‘Masters of Digital 2021' event: ‘The 2020s can be Europe's Digital Decade'

The President of the Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, delivered a speech yesterday at the ‘Masters of Digital 2021' event, where she said: “I believe the 2020s can be Europe's Digital Decade. A decade when Europe becomes a global leader in the digital world. New ideas are coming from the old continent. European industry as a whole is entering a new era. One fourth of industrial robots in the world are produced in Europe.”

 
Achieving a society for all ages: a shared responsibility... Older citizens are ready to help! AGE Platform 's press release

“Over the last days, we have talked a lot about older people’s rights but AGE members feel that older people also have responsibilities and duties. They are ready to bring their fair contribution to the development of solutions that will ensure a better future for all generations”, started Anne-Sophie Parent, Secretary General of AGE Platform Europe at the UNECE Ministerial Conference ‘Ensuring a society for all ages: promoting quality of life and active ageing’ held in Vienna on 19-20 September. European countries are going through a very severe economic, financial and social crisis. Combined with rapid demographic ageing, this creates the greatest challenge the EU has ever faced. Inequalities have increased dramatically in recent years and drastic cuts are being introduced in social services affecting older people. “Public authorities, civil society organisations and researchers must work hand in hand and cross-border to find ways of developing age-friendly environments that will support an optimal use of Europe’s human capital and limited resources. We feel collectively responsible to ensure a decent future for today’s and future generations and our members are committed to encourage senior citizens to invest their savings in initiatives that will create jobs for younger people, will help create a society for all ages and will benefit all generations”, added Mrs Parent. In the framework of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP AHA), AGE is leading a coalition calling for a European Covenant on Demographic Change, similar to the existing Covenant on climate change, to support the scaling up of evidence based successful solutions that could help us achieve a society for all ages across the EU.

 
Press release of the AGE platform on Alzheimer's day (21 September)

With the number of people with dementia increasing with the ageing of the population and expected to reach 15 million by 2050, creating environments that empower older people and people with dementia to lead independent lives and take an active part in society for longer must become a priority for EU decision-makers. This requires a holistic approach to Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, beyond medical treatment, and better coordination between all relevant stakeholders, in order to improve the quality of life and dignity of patients and their families. It is essential to create an environment that favours the inclusion of people with dementia and their relatives in their communities e.g. by tackling the stigma attached to these diseases, favouring as much as possible community-based care, by supporting families and carers, adapting staff training and housing equipment and design, training bus drivers, salespersons, the police and other members of the public on how to deal with a person with Alzheimer’s, etc. Many initiatives already exist across the EU, which could inspire further action in other Member States. For example, dementia-friendly housing adaptations such as bright open spaces, calming colours and a relaxing atmosphere impact positively on everyone and create living spaces that are better adapted to the needs of all age groups (universal design). This is why, in the framework of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing, AGE Platform Europe and Alzheimer Europe join forces to call for the launch of a European Covenant of local and regional authorities on demographic change, whose objective will be to promote age and Alzheimer-friendly environments across the EU.

 
IAS: Study on an electronic identification, authentication and signature policy 2011-2012

The aim of the study is to devise building blocks for an electronic identification, authentication and signature (IAS) policy for the European Union, as well as related electronic trusted services and credentials. These concepts are not uniformly defined at the European level, and their interaction is not yet well understood. The IAS approach at the European level is still highly fragmented. The electronic signatures framework (Directive 1999/93/EC) can serve as a starting point. Α new framework could provide solutions to solve remaining e-signature interoperability issues, to address e-identification and also ancillary and related trust services and credentials (such as time stamping, e-signature long term archiving, electronic seals, certified e-documents delivery,…). The study is conducted by DLA Piper together with its subcontractors Sealed, Time.lex, PwC and Studio Notarile Genghini and it is financed by the European Commission (ref SMART 2010/0008). The study, started in May 2011 will end in October 2012. The scope of the study covers the following tasks: Task 1. Assessing the various hypotheses and issues regarding a policy on electronic identification, authentication and signature. Task 2. Identifying valuable findings and recommendations in the past and on-going undertakings supported by the European Commission as well as in major third parties initiatives, also in available legislation, to use as input material for an IAS framework. Task 3. Providing building blocks of a pan-European IAS framework, including ancillary credentials and services. This will build on the findings of tasks 1 and 2. In addition, the study team will provide selected ad-hoc technical and legal support to the European Commission.

 
Smart Industrial Remoting: remote working in non digitalized industries

Smart Industrial Remoting is a pilot project addressing the digitalisation needs of selected industrial ecosystems strategic to the EU economy. It will use the network of Digital Innovation Hubs to promote the findings, and the developed tool box, to the SMEs in those regions within the chosen industrial sectors.

 
Artificial Superintelligence as the next big thing

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Is Elon Musk right that &quot;AI is our biggest existential threat&quot;?

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