I am very pleased that the European Parliament is increasingly interested in the internet. Politicians in Europe need to recognise the importance of the digital economy, and the benefits for society. I wish leaders had done so when discussing the EU's budget!
The European Commission has adopted seven new priorities for the digital economy and society.
Delegates from the 193 member countries of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) have concluded the "World Conference on International Telecommunications" (WCIT) conference in Dubai. Negotiations to review the International Telecommunications Regulations (ITRs) failed to reach consensus agreement.
Information Security Forum Conference, Chicago
The marketplace is designed to generate real business and lasting effective relationships. It will also co-locate the 2012 Transatlantic Health IT/eHealth Cooperation Assembly, co-organised by the US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the European Commission's DG Connect. This assembly will offer substantial opportunities to discuss the EU-US Roadmap of activities to advance the HHS-EC MoU goals. Activities within this event are listed in the main "Marketplace" programme, to help participants plan and prioritize their schedules.
The event is co-sponsored by the European Commission through the transatlantic TUMOR research project and by technically co-sponsored by IEEE-EMBS. Researchers working either in the area of in silico oncology or in the broader cancer research domain yet with an interest in computational oncology are invited to submit short 4-pages papers. An IEEE-EMBS approved and monitored manuscript reviewing policy will be applied.
A European passenger car talking to a US pick-up truck is shown at a joint EU-US stand at the current World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) in Vienna. The European Car sends an Emergency Electronic Brake Light message to the pick-up which understands it and warn its driver about the emergency braking ahead. Although both cars involved in this ‘cooperative mobility’ instance do not exactly 'speak' the same language, they can 'understand' each other thanks to EU-US harmonization efforts carried out over the past three years with the aim to bring these systems more quickly and cost-efficiently onto the roads. The joint EU-US efforts allow the use of the same communication hardware (platform) on both sides of the Atlantic, resulting in a decrease of system costs for carmakers, quicker deployment of applications based on car-to-car communication and finally lower costs for vehicle buyers. The platform can be used for a host of other messages as well, and it goes without saying that it also works in the other direction (US vehicle to EU vehicle), i.e. it is fully bi-directional.
The conference aims to outline the activities along the guidelines of the “Digital Agenda for Europe” that will help the countries in the region to transform one of its weaknesses into an advantage and overcome the gap in connectivity at national and regional level. Special guest of the event will be the EU Commissioner responsible for the Digital Agenda and Vice-president of the European Commission Neelie Kroes, who will inaugurate the conference. In addition, Bulgaria will host the next Digital Champions meeting which will take place alongside the conference in Sofia.
The global research landscape is evolving rapidly, with the share of BRIC countries in worldwide R&D expenditure doubling between 2000 and 2009. Issues such as climate change, food security or fighting diseases increasingly require a concerted international research effort. Europe can only maximise the excellence of its science base and innovative industries by being open to international cooperation and to the best brains in the world. The European Commission has therefore today set out a new strategy for developing international cooperation in research and innovation. The strategy proposes to further focus cooperation on EU strategic priorities while maintaining the tradition of openness to third country participation in EU research. This includes addressing global challenges, but also making Europe more attractive as a location for research and innovation, and boosting industrial competitiveness.
Europe's citizens, businesses and innovators are generating enough digital demand to put Europe into sustainable economic growth, but failure to supply enough fast internet, online content, research and relevant skills is undermining this potential. Greater data consumption and a shift to mobile technologies (such as smartphones) and mobile services (such as 3G internet, music streaming and webmail) are the most significant trends in the information & communications technologies (ICT) sector, which now accounts for 8 million jobs and 6% of EU GDP.
There is only one week left for the next meeting of the Digital Agenda Assembly (Brussels, 21-22 June) and more than 1000 members keep discussing on the online discussion platform which Neelie Kroes launched on 19 April in preparation both for the aforementioned meeting as well as the review of the Digital Agenda for Europe later in the year. The 40 members making the most interesting contributions have been invited to the Assembly in Brussels. Amongst others, there is an active online discussion group of [link]http://daa.ec.europa.eu/group/2/content(High Speed Connections)[/link], featuring a lively debate on how next generation broadband could contribute to create jobs also in rural areas. In the [link]http://daa.ec.europa.eu/group/1/content(Security group)[/link] a survey is ongoing for identifying the most appropriate incentives to [link]http://daa.ec.europa.eu/content/special/how-stimulate-investments-secure-trustworthy-ict (ICT security investment)[/link]. A recent discussion on [link]http://daa.ec.europa.eu/group/5/content (Social Media)[/link], analyses the way the European Parliament has attracted thousands of followers and fans on most popular networks. The group on [link]http://daa.ec.europa.eu/group/6/content(Data)[/link] hosts many lively discussions from the reuse of “Open Apps” to the importance of sensor data. If you are interested in these or other issues discussed in the platform, [link] http://daa.ec.europa.eu(join and contribute to the debate)[/link]!
European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG) seminar, Stockholm, 14 June 2012
The panel of independent experts confirm in this report the continued relevance of the initiative and make a series of recommendations for improvements.
For some time, we have been working to bring together everyone who needs to get involved – from doctors to medical device makers, from investors to ICT experts – to promote our vision of an innovation friendly, sustainable, affordable and high quality healthcare for all Europeans. At the end of February, we asked people to commit – in writing – to concrete actions and deliver tangible results through partnerships. The response to this invitation has been impressive. We received close to 300 hard “commitments to action”, and 60 locations willing to serve as ‘Reference Sites’ (regions, municipalities, health jurisdictions, etc.) for implementing the EIP actions.
Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) is formally launched worldwide today, coexisting alongside Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4). Deploying IPv6 is a key action under the Digital Agenda for Europe. This is because unless the existing Internet infrastructure is upgraded to IPv6, the Internet would slow down as a result of its own success, which would in turn lead to fewer possibilities to drive innovation in the field of new Internet services and applications.
More than 600 members are currently taking part in the online discussion platform which [link]http://blogs.ec.europa.eu/neelie-kroes/daa-platform(Neelie Kroes launched on 19 April) [/link] in preparation for the [link]http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/digital-agenda/daa/index_en.htm (Digital Agenda Assembly)[/link] (Brussels, 21-22 June) and the forthcoming review of the Digital Agenda for Europe. The members making the most interesting contributions in each group will be invited to attend the Assembly. Highlights include, a [link]http://daa.ec.europa.eu/group/4/content(discussion group on Ecommerce)[/link], featuring a discussion on [link]http://daa.ec.europa.eu/content/mobile-payments-and-wallets(mobile payments)[/link], addressing opportunities of Near-Field Communication and the issue of choice and competition between incumbents and new payment players. The [link]http://daa.ec.europa.eu/content/trustmarks(trustmark debate)[/link] explores ways to encourage citizens to buy from smaller websites or ways for providers to flag certain benefits (e.g. extended return or guarantee periods, delivery and payment options); it also addresses the issue of a [link]http://daa.ec.europa.eu/content/special/discussion-paper-trustmarks(stakeholders' platform on trustmarks)[/link]. The [link]http://daa.ec.europa.eu/content/tax-harmonisation(VAT debate)[/link] addresses the challenges of applying tax at the provider's location versus doing it at the consumer's location. If you are interested in these or other issues discussed in the platform, [link]http://daa.ec.europa.eu(join and contribute to the debate)[/link].
The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) is a United Nations (UN) summit that was initiated in order to create an evolving multi- stakeholder platform aimed at addressing the issues raised by information and communication technologies (ICTs) through a structured and inclusive approach at the national, regional and international levels. The goal of WSIS is to achieve a common vision, desire and commitment to build a people-centric, inclusive and development-oriented Information Society where everyone can create, access, utilize and share information. The 2012 WSIS Forum will be hosted by ITU. Remote Participation will be an integral component of the Forum. Details on both onsite and remote participation will be available soon.
[link]http://twitter.com/#!/search/ da12(#DA12)[/link] More than 450 members are now discussing on the [link]http://daa.ec.europa.eu/(online discussion platform)[/link] which Neelie Kroes launched on 19 April. Outcomes of this debate, and the feedback which we pick up from other platforms, will contribute to the next meeting of the Digital Agenda Assembly (Brussels, 21-22 June, plenary programme recently updated online) and to the review of the Digital Agenda for Europe (to be adopted later in the year). The members making the most interesting contributions in each group, as assessed by the other members of the group, will be invited to the meeting in Brussels. Amongst others, there is an online discussion group on [link]http://daa.ec.europa.eu/group/8/content(innovation and entrepreneurs)[/link] looking at supporting start-ups, including the possibility of a European public-private partnership to support web entrepreneurs inspired on the US "Startup America" initiative. There is another debate on innovation funding and "Horizon 2020" (the recent proposal for EC financial support for research and innovation), where a position paper is open for comments, and a debate on developing a [link]http://daa.ec.europa.eu/group/5/content("Social Media Strategy for Europe")[/link] with special focus on SMEs. A [link]http://daa.ec.europa.eu/content/writing-together-digital-innovation-charter("digital innovation charter")[/link] is also being crowd-sourced by the members of the group. If you are interested in these or other issues discussed in the platform, join at [link]http://daa.ec.europa.eu(http://daa.ec.europa.eu)[/link]
PatientVille is a joint exhibition resulting of a public-private partnership between Danish Regions/RSI, MedCom, NSI, sundhed.dk, KL (Local Government Denmark), Falck, DI ITEK, IT-Branchen, and Medicoindustrien. The goal of PatientVille is to demonstrate Danish eHealth, to point out future growth opportunities, to demonstrate the Danish medico-, service, and health-IT industry, and to inspire European partners. PatientVille will demonstrate how eHealth supports coherence in a Danish patient’s course of treatment. An area of 108m2 will be the playground for a journey that includes a visit to the citizens’ home, to the pre-hospital sector (ambulance), the acute care department (hospital), the general practitioner, the municipality (home nurse), and to the pharmacy. The journey also includes a demonstration of the epSOS cross-border e-prescription service at a Danish pharmacy. The different actors that are involved in the patients’ health care journey will show, how data relevant to the treatment of the patient are exchanged and shared in Denmark. Want a tour of PatientVille? Just show up at booth no. 1049. Guided tours are planned to take place Tuesday, May 8th from 14.30 to 15.00 and on Wednesday, May 9th from 12.30 to 13.00.
The WoHIT 2012 Programme Advisory Committee has opened the Call for Papers. New for 2012, submissions must specifically address one of the 7 session themes selected. Successful submissions will closely address the selected session's theme and provide practical information to assist European healthcare professionals in the betterment of healthcare through the effective use of information technology. Session abstracts submitted should not exceed 200 words and should be concise, noting the achievement, resulting benefits and the speakers who can effectively deliver the presentation. More information on the website.