Digital Europe

Europe is undergoing a digital revolution. Our TOGETHER statement highlights the key priorities for a sustainable Digital Europe.

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The Prague Statement on Digital Europe

We are building a European Digital Union for growth, a better future, new quality jobs and new forms of solidarity. A sustainable digital economy should:

• Support and inspire people to develop digital businesses, e-services and e-commerce that provide ‘digital solutions’ for people and society in Europe and globally.
• Create quality jobs for all, with a special emphasis on young people and women, and invest in quality jobs in digital public services.
• Invest and develop platforms in digital skills and literacy, creativity, innovation and a good working environment.
• Support young entrepreneurs to help them deal with risk, get access to funding and scale-up European SMEs.
• Develop digital infrastructure and promote universal access to an open, borderless internet.
• Ensure fair rules on remuneration for all in the digital economy: young people, journalists, creators and innovators, so that they can enjoy a fair living income.
• Develop new inclusive technologies for a data-driven economy, while promoting privacy by design to ensure that open data flows and big-data applications will respect personal privacy.
• Open up access to data including access to research and scientific outcomes.

The ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’ will create digital winners and digital losers. In the European digital labour market, we should:

• Reduce the impact of the digital economy on social-protection systems and prevent inequalities.
• Develop and organise new ways to guarantee workers’ rights and workers’ representation, decent working conditions, fair competition and social protection for all.
• Ensure universal access to training and retraining in digital skills, in order to create the conditions for effective and equal participation in the digital single market for all citizens – young and old, rural and urban, well-off and poor. Support school curricula and teacher training in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), digital skills and coding.
• Clarify the employment status of platform workers and guarantee that this does not create new forms of social dumping. Organise the portability of workers’ rights as they move around in the European digital labour market.
• Create platforms for collective bargaining in the digital sector and extend collective agreements to individuals engaged in new forms of work.
• Allow citizens to have the choice to ‘switch off’ – support those who do not wish to embrace the digital revolution.
• Create fair competition, prevent tax dumping and distribute wealth by reviewing EU tax policy so that international companies contribute their fair share of national taxes and charges in countries where they operate and finance Europe’s economic and social model.

To fight for digital equality for all and guarantee the protection of consumers’ rights on the digital market, we should:

• Provide affordable and accessible connectivity for all at a local and regional level and across the whole of the EU, and fund it with a EU digital cohesion policy.
• Promote digital citizenship including e-democracy and digital civic education at local, national and European level.
• Incentivise all citizens, including those people living with disabilities, unemployed and migrant populations, to take advantage of the digital society.
• More online e-government services should be made available to all.
• Ensure that all users (irrespective of age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, country or economic status) are protected equally online, including protection against online harassment.
• Ensure that social media providers and users respect fundamental values including the rule of law.
• Guarantee the portability of legally acquired content when downloading abroad and roam-like-at-home when travelling.
• Support the development of technologies (3D printing, robotics and artificial intelligence) that can benefit people.
• Ensure that digital technology helps all citizens communicate and connect – so that all citizens are heard and listened to.

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This is the statement approved and adopted at the TOGETHER event in Prague, Czech Republic on December 2, 2016. But the debate goes on! Share your ideas on how to build a digital Europe.

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According to the new GDPR regulations, a doctor is no longer authorized to call a patient and reveal his medical exams via a phone call or social media. The patient will either have to traditionally acquire the results in their physical form, by visiting the respective medical center, which is unprogressive at best, or the doctor will have to share the intel generated on an encrypted fashion. There are numerous second and third generation blockchain-powered medical platforms and projects that make sure individual medical data are securely stored, distributed, and monetized, always with the user’s consent. Blockchain not only allows for encrypted data storage and distribution, but it enables hierarchy in the ledger, and gives strict access to third parties, always confirmed by the user/owner of the data himself. An interesting example would be Zenome, a Skolkovo Foundation backed bioinformatics company specializing in genomic data storage, distribution and monetization using blockchain technology. Now, the health industry is obviously one of the most important sectors and probably the first to adopt this disruptive technology on a commercial scale, as personal medical data is currently the most expensive digital asset worldwide, based on the demand major medical companies and health institutions generate, but that doesn’t mean it stops here. In a nutshell, GDPR affects pretty much everyone who uses the internet protocol(s) – we know that it’s meant for EU citizens, but let’s be clear: since the EU has 0 jurisdictions on American, Asian, and African websites, it uses the European citizen as a catalyst to push the new regulations to literally every website, as there is no website with 0 EU visitors/users. Acknowledging the above, we know that the EU is already pushing DLT systems to the mainstream public, or else, GDPR will affect companies, governments, and individuals to use encryption, or in other words, use blockhain technologies more often if not as a standard. I strongly believe that GDPR and blockchain, although 2 different topics, have a lot in common and are related on an immediate scale, even if it’s not yet present. Originally posted at https://eublockchain.mobilize.io/main/groups/22605/lounge/posts/214590 Let me know your thoughts on this. @rosspeili

3 weeks, 1 day ago in Digital Europe
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Artificial Intelligence is pretty much based on historical data in order to function properly, exactly like we humans do. Therefore, individual AI programmes must have a concept of time, internationally agreed between the machinery, IoT-powered devices, and AI systems, among other technological event-based operations. Up until now, each machine carries its own log, having no access to other logs, and having zero comparison options, so how can a machine or even a human be sure whether the information the machine is carrying is 100% accurate? Studying distributed ledger technologies (DLT) or commonly referred to as blockchain technology, I came up with an interesting thought where we could construct a ledger accessible and used by every “Smart” device, computers, AI, etc simultaneously. We all know that the common public mistakes blockchain for bitcoin, but if you study the aspects this innovative hi-tech field brings with it you can realize how it could be of help. Each block on a blockchain represents a time-stamp that carries a specific amount of intelligence. After the creation of a block, its components are irreversible, undeniable, and considered as a standard point in the “past”. Any possible options from that point and on, would require the creation of more blocks, which again would act according to the first block – meaning that no matter what we’re going to store in the second box, it will be time-stamped and stay there forever, it cannot be altered or deleted, it cannot be manipulated or ignored – does that sound familiar? This is exactly the concept we are following about what we refer to as “Time” for a long time now. What we refer to as “past”, is a series of events that we can rely upon when trying to recall historical data, but we do not possess the option to alter, manipulate or permanently delete the data stored in what we refer to as “past” (except in case of serious injury of the organic processor). And again, if we want to make any changes or new choices, we must create new blocks, or in short plan for the future, which on its turn will eventually become a block of the past. I strongly believe that we should introduce the concept of blockchain to AI, not the way we see it, but the way we see time. If we manage to create a single blockchain that stores every memory or move every AI does, we will be able very soon to monitor and observe the history of our own evolution. Ex: let’s say we have 10 different AI’s on the same blockchain. Each one of them has separate intelligence and operational capabilities while they all recognize each other since they’re sharing a common network that could be pointed to be their version of “Time”. In the first moments already we could see which AI would create links with the other AI and for what reasons. Let’s say AI1 might share their intel because they somehow profit from AI2’s intel and vice versa, AI3 wouldn’t share their intel with AI4 as they won’t get anything in return, but AI4’s intel is profitable for AI5 etc. In a matter of minutes, we would see the first alliances, territories, and wars between different AI systems, something that took us millions of years to understand and we’re still working on it. We could analyze and understand individual choices we might have taken in the past, and even predict the future if the machine surpasses our timeline in its own analogical measure.

4 weeks, 1 day ago in Digital Europe
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Dear Friends, right now we have around 27 member states in our European Union and probably even more different softwares for administration in all the different national and supranational institutions, with a lot of effort in working together most efficiently with sending documents, verifying, signing, giving it trhough the different hierarchies and everything very intransparent. The idea is to create one hollistic administration software to digitalise the whole administrative software, making it absolutely transparent be it for succesors, supervisors, researchers or the public, being absolutely secure to stop fraud and corruption. The magic word is blockchain, which is made possible through the assumed many different big servers in European capitals. The bockchain technology is said to be not to hack and through the whole digitalisation there is no possibility to commit corruption or fraud through e.g. manipulatng a stamp. The clerks will no longer need to match two documents by eye or to print and sign and scan and upload, everything can be done by one click, which is compatible in the whole of Europe. A unified system would not only generate a more efficient and secure administration, but also a path dependency which makes the advantages of the EU already evident on a pure practical level and makes the lived Europe more visible. The details of blockchain are a little technical, but as this was introduced to me for the purpose of making the administration of an African country more transparent and efficient I developed thousand ideas of how else to use it. This technology is truly reforming when not even revolutionary and yields endless possiblities. It would be great if we could together think further and elaborate more possibilities, especially if there is an expert on IT, administration and blockchain. Greetings from Bonn, Thabo

10 months, 2 weeks ago in Digital Europe
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