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October 2017

Public Sector Digital Transformation – From the Tallinn Declaration to a borderless government

October 11 @ 12:00 pm
Silken Berlaymont, Boulevard Charlemagne 11
1000 Brussels, Belgium
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Registrations here On 6 October, EU ministers meet in Tallinn to formally adopt an eGovernment Declaration. This ministerial declaration aims to enable the transition towards a borderless government, and to practically support the public sector to fully grasp the benefits of the Digital Age.The vision of a public sector which can excel at the implementation of the ‘once-only’ principle, which facilitates the reuse of data and the open collaboration of various departments nationally and across borders, is the recognised shared objective of the policy makers and reflects the expectations of the EU citizens. This is also part of the current legislative…

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June 2016

One Framework to rule them all?

June 8, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Silken Berlaymont, Boulevard Charlemagne 11
1000 Brussels, Belgium
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*** White Paper now available ***The European Interoperability Framework (EIF) is at present under revision (till 29 June). Overall, the document is much welcomed but a number of issues are at present being discussed by those who may be impacted by the revision.The Round Table will give the opportunity to speakers from Member States and industry to explain if and how these issues may endanger the positive impact the EIF could have on the creation of eGovernment services that help realise the free movement of citizens and businesses within the European Union. A Commission representative will also be present to…

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May 2016

The Blockchain Revolution – How will it change the way we do Business and interact with Government?

May 26, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Silken Berlaymont, Boulevard Charlemagne 11
1000 Brussels, Belgium
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***White Paper now available***Blockchain is the new hot topic, both in Brussels and around the world. The IT market is excited not only about distributed ledger technology, but the security possibilities it brings. All eyes are looking at how it disrupts the way we exchange and store data. But what is this technology all about, how does it work and what is meant by a 'distributed' ledger? How can ledger technology assist governments in providing better suited services for citizens and how to ensure that the underlying technology is not confused with its use cases, e.g. Bitcoin?European Commission officials suggest it may be…

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March 2016

Intermediary liability through the back door: Consequences of extending digital copyright for the open internet

March 16, 2016 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Thon Hotel EU, Rue de la Loi 75
Bruxelles, Bruxelles 1040 Belgium
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***White Paper now available***OpenForum Europe (OFE) and Copyright for Creativity (C4C) have the pleasure to invite you to the following event focusing on the issue of intermediary liability, the 1st in a series of events on this topic. We will bring together an MEP, an academic expert and a representative from the civil society to discuss the consequences of extending digital copyright for the open internet.There seems to be an increasing tendency to extend the responsibility of ISPs compared to the level established in 2000. While courts have been dealing with many grey areas in the legal framework, and balancing competing interests, the European Commission is set to…

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November 2015
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Open Platforms : the future of Cloud Computing ?

November 12, 2015 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Silken Berlaymont, Boulevard Charlemagne 11
1000 Brussels, Belgium
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***White Paper now available***Cloud computing is still in its infancy, with new services constantly being developed, as technological advances come to meet evolving user needs. A recent study financed by the European Commission reveals that, from 2015 to 2020, cloud computing could add a cumulative total of €449bn to the EU28 GDP, creating 1 million new jobs in the process.These days,  we continue to see interesting developments in cloud computing: many of the more exciting and promising cloud computing products, especially at the infrastructure level, result from collaborations. Open Source based projects like OpenStack or Cloud Foundry are increasingly becoming global…

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October 2015

How to unleash the innovative potential of text and data mining in the EU?

October 22, 2015 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Silken Berlaymont, Boulevard Charlemagne 11
1000 Brussels, Belgium
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*** White Paper now available ***Text and data mining (TDM) represents a significant opportunity for growth, innovation and research in Europe. The use of computing power to analyse data is unleashing a wave of innovation, from research (social sciences, humanities, medical research) to commercially driven innovation (example - pharma, translation tools, cyber-security, product development, data-driven journalism). Widespread adoption of TDM will ultimately prove crucial to Europe’s global competitiveness. Evidence already points to a growing gap in the research sector, between European and Japan and the US. In this Round Table, we focus on these opportunities and on the roadblocks that may be hindering…

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June 2015

ICT standards for the Digital Single Market

June 30, 2015 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Silken Berlaymont, Boulevard Charlemagne 11
1000 Brussels, Belgium
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*** White Paper now available ***Register hereThe Digital Single Market (DSM) Strategy clearly outlines the importance of standardisation for achieving the objectives of an agile future digital economy for promoting growth and innovation for Europe: “Standardisation has an essential role to play in increasing interoperability of new technologies within the Digital Single Market. It can help steer the development of new technologies ”. Possibly controversially, the DSM Communication suggests that “currently industry stakeholders decide 'bottom up' in which areas to develop standards and this is increasingly taking place outside of Europe, undermining our long-term competitiveness”. Is this the right approach?This Round Table…

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April 2015

The role of encryption in cloud computing for data privacy and security

April 1, 2015 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Silken Berlaymont, Boulevard Charlemagne 11
1000 Brussels, Belgium
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*** White Paper now available ***A consensus is growing among IT security experts that security must focus on the data itself, instead of its physical location or the infrastructure (on-premise vs off-premise, specific geographic locations etc.). This helps ensure that data will remain safe even if physical access to the device holding the data is gained.Encryption is one of the most effective data protection controls available today, as part of a defense-in-depth approach, being correlated with good authentication, authorisation and auditing. When data is encrypted, the access is regulated through the distribution of keys, thus the risk is transferred from…

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March 2015

Regulating a Borderless Internet : EU vs US Perspectives on Net Neutrality

March 6, 2015 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
European Parliament, Rue Wiertz 60
Bruxelles, 1047 Belgium
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*** White Paper now available ***Early  in 2015, the  Chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission  presented his  plans to settle the Net Neutrality question, by applying  Title II  (common carrier) of the Communications Act of 1934 to the  internet in a  vote expected on February 26, 2015. At  the same  time on the other side of the Atlantic, the European Union is  about to decide on its own framework for regulation of the network.  After a vote in Parliament  in 2014 which toughened up the proposal of  the Commission, Member  States are now reportedly close to reaching an  agreement…

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November 2014

The Policy, Legal and Regulatory Implications of Regional Clouds

November 26, 2014 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

*** White Paper now available ***Time and time again people can hear references to "data Schengen area" or "fortress Europe". While some people raise concerns about the negative impact of such regional approach, others consider that reinforcing regional clouds might be the appropriate solution.During this second event of the OpenForum Academy Round Tables' Programme, stakeholders from industry, European policy-making, academia and community looked at the policy and legal implications of regional cloud. To set up the context, Professor Millard described the historical context and the concept of "balkanisation" of the cloud and then he pointed out the difficulties of defining…

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