The Green Standards Week is an ITU’s idea that consists on inviting all leaders of the ICT sector for one week to discuss the contribution of ICTs towards a more efficient/sustainable economy. It has been materialized in an annual event organized by the ITU and hosted by an ICT company. The 1st edition of the [...]Read more
On 11 January 2012, European Commission adopted the 2012 Communication on e-commerce and other online services that aim to double the retails online sales and the weight of Internet sector in European GDP. The Communication identifies 5 priorities and is accompanied by a 16 goals action plan. As I already wrote in my post on Cloud [...]Read more
On 14 December, Commissioner Kroes met a small group of industry representatives concerning Cloud Computing policy. As members of this initiative amongst others, Oracle, Google, SAP and EuroCloud presented her a set of 10 Recommendations on how to boost Cloud services in Europe.Read more
Mid November, I attended The DigiWorld Summit 2011 where an overview of the key factors for the future Internet world was presented, focusing on the role of devices, networks, content and user behaviour. Different views on Net neutrality debate were also covered. Here is a brief overview.Read more
Good news for CSR! On 25th October, the European Commission published “A renewed EU strategy 2011-14 for Corporate Social Responsibility”. The communication presents the concerns of CSR, an evaluation of the impact of European policy on CSR, a modern understanding of CSR – including an updated definition- and a new agenda for action 2011-2014. But [...]Read more
The European Commission is trying to stimulate Cloud Computing in Europe. It is developing a “Cloud Strategy” as part of the Digital Agenda and recently launched a public consultation on the issue. Europe wants the European consumers and industry to benefit from cloud computing. It has the potential of dramatically changing the way company’s provision [...]Read more
Last week, EU Commissioner and Vice-President Neelie Kroes held in Brussels the final roundtable meeting with 35 top representatives of the ICT industry to see how to foster high-speed broadband roll-out in Europe and how to achieve the ambitious European Broadband objectives for 2020.Read more
As you all know, we attended the OECD High Level meeting on the Internet economy, where so many distinguished speakers contributed to the event. There were Ministers, officials, policy makers, industry leaders and Internet evangelists but also civil society and technical communities. Around 400 people attended the meeting, focused on 5 main topics such as broadband access, the role of broadband and innovation in the social and economic growth, balancing policy goals to strengthen growth and finally policy-making principles for an open Internet.Read more
As announced in our Blog, the first Digital Agenda Assembly took place at the nice Autoworld Centre in Brussels on 16-17 June. We were more than 1300 participants, and apparently 800 could not attend!
It was amusing to discuss and debate actions towards new technologies for a better future in Europe surrounded by old car and antique aircrafts…A nice and amazing constrast, I would say.Read more
Europe celebrates the “Green Week”: How does ICT technology contribute to making the world more sustainable?
This week the EC is organizing the 11th edition of the Green Week, the biggest annual conference on European environment policy. This year’s theme is “Resource Efficiency – Using less, living better”. But what does that mean? Janez Potocnik, European Commissioner for Environment, explained in his opening speech that resource efficiency “is not just about [...]Read more
Last year, the European Commission launched a plan, the Europe 2020 Strategy, to go out of the crisis and prepare EU economy for the coming decade. Concretely, the Union set five ambitious objectives – on employment, innovation, education, social inclusion and climate/energy – to be reached by 2020. In order to meet the targets, the [...]Read more