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ENISA-FORTH Summer School on Network & Information Security

Recognising the importance of Network and Information Security and the need for raising awareness, the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) and Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas (FORTH) have taken the initiative to organise this Summer School. It aims to provide a forum for experts in Information Security, policy makers from EU Member States and EU Institutions, decision makers from the industry, as well as members of the research and academic community, to interact on cutting-edge and interesting topics in Network and Information Security.

The economic and societal impact future Internet technologies, services and application will enable in Europe and elsewhere - A quantitative study 2015-2020

The study will identify the potential economic and social impact of a large-scale public-private partnership on the FUTURE INTERNET, eventually a joint undertaking in the meaning of article 171 of the treaty, with focus areas in smart energy grids, smart environmental information systems, smart systems for transportation and mobility, and smart healthcare systems. The study shall provide the necessary quantitative and qualitative assessment as a pre-condition for the Commission services to draw-up a legal proposal for the establishment of a joint technology initiative on the FUTURE INTERNET.

Public consultation on post-i2010: priorities for new strategy for European information society (2010-2015)

The objective of the consultation is to help prepare a new EU strategy for the information society, as the current i2010 strategy is coming to a close this year. All citizens and organisations are welcome to contribute to this consultation. Closing date of the consultation is 9 October 2009. Please note that you are not obliged to answer all questions; you may focus on the areas of interest to you. You can write your replies in any of the official EU languages.

Solutions for e-signature interoperability

The conference will focus on interoperability progresses made over the past year and on the challenges to come. This topic is of interest to a large audience concerned by dematerialisation of business processes and simplification of administrative procedures. A "Trusted List" edit tool that is likely to be used by all Member States to foster e-Signature cross-border recognition by the "Point of Single Contact" will be showcased.

When your yogurt pots start talking to you: Europe prepares for the internet revolution

The internet is evolving rapidly: while 25 years ago it was connecting only about a thousand users, today it links around 1.5 billion people across the world. An average European has now at least one object that is connected to the internet, be it a computer or mobile phone. But the number of connected devices that are hardly visible, more complex and more mobile around us will multiply a hundred or even a thousand times over the next 5 to 15 years. The European Commission today announced actions to make sure that Europe can play a leading role in shaping these new networks of interconnected objects from books to cars, from electrical appliances to food – in short the emerging 'internet of things'. The EU's Action Plan presented today will help Europeans benefit from this evolution and at the same time address the challenges it raises such as privacy, security and the protection of personal data.

Study Benchmarking deployment of eHealth services

The overall aim of this study is to progress towards the development of a standardised survey on the adoption of ICT and eHealth solutions in hospitals. To this end, it is expected that the contractor will liaise with relevant associations and international organisations and analyse similar studies carried out outside Europe, in order also to overcome as much as possible semantic and terminological differences. The study also aims to identify the main challenges and gaps and some best practices in order to support further policy development in the eHealth field in the framework of the initiative that will follow the i2010 strategy. The study will cover EU27, Norway, Iceland and Croatia.

Future of the Internet Conference

One year after the "Bled Declaration" launching a European approach to the Future of the Internet, and the conference in Bled establishing the Future Internet Assembly, this event aims to review the strategic orientations and trends governing the future societal and economic developments of on-line Internet and Mobile societies. The conference features a wide range of European and international speakers. In a follow-on workshop, it will also bring together more than 90 EU research projects and national initiatives that are instrumental in defining the Future of the Internet.

ICT Brokerage 2009

This is one of the official events held under the Czech Presidency of the European Union and is an accompanying event of the conference "Research Connection 2009". It will focus on mobilising key research actors and companies from all over Europe, in particular from neighbouring regions, to collaborate and establish partnerships in ICT research and development. The brokerage event will be accompanied by an information day covering the challenges of the ICT Work Programme 2009 : Pervasive and trusted network and service infrastructure ; Cognitive systems, interaction and robotics ; Components, systems and engineering ; Digital libraries and content ; Towards sustainable and personalised healthcare ; ICT for mobility, environmental sustainability and energy efficiency.

Telecoms: Commission launches case against UK over privacy and personal data protection

The Commission has opened an infringement proceeding against the United Kingdom after a series of complaints by UK internet users, and extensive communication of the Commission with UK authorities, about the use of a behavioural advertising technology known as ‘Phorm' by internet service providers. The proceeding addresses several problems with the UK's implementation of EU ePrivacy and personal data protection rules, under which EU countries must ensure, among other things, the confidentiality of communications by prohibiting interception and surveillance without the user's consent. These problems emerged during the Commission’s inquiry into the UK authorities’ action in response to complaints from internet users concerning Phorm.

Citizens' privacy must become priority in digital age, says EU Commissioner Reding

In a video posted on her website this morning, Viviane Reding, the European Union's Commissioner for Information Society and Media, said that Europeans must have the right to control how their personal information is used, and said that the Commission would take action wherever EU Member States failed to ensure that new technologies such as behavioural advertising, RFID 'smart chips' or online social networking respected this right.

IPv6 Curricula

The purpose of this study is to identify the main actors in all sectors and the processes related to the training and dissemination of the new protocol IPv6 and provide mechanisms, incentives and best practices that can help in deploying this new technology efficiently and timely. The results of this study should provide clear recommendations that can be applied in training organisations, public and private, such as higher education and vocational training institutions. Based on the analysis of the study, concrete suggestions should be derived for actions at governmental level of the EU Member States. The study should build on expertise developed in previous research projects and support actions funded under the EC Framework Programmes to support IPv6.

Identity and access management components for the @neurIST prototype

NEC’s identity and access management components for distributed IT systems have played a core part in the service architectures developed in the EU project @neurIST, a data management system that will have a major impact on the diagnosis and treatment of complex and multi‐factorial diseases.

Block bullying online!

The European Commission has launched a video clip to inform teenagers on cyberbullying - being harassed on internet sites or via mobile messages.