Memorable quotes from the event at the European parliament last night ..

A great evening spent at the European parliament ..

Much more coming soon .. including the text of my talk .. but here are some of the memorable people and quotes from that evening(including some from my talk):

Malcolm Harbour MEP – came up with one of the best one word definition of Web 2.0 I have seen so far .. and in fitting with his role as a politician (MEP) that definition is ‘Democratize’

Piia-Noora Kauppi MEP and the chair of the event for the evening: There are few physical frontiers on earth .. so we are now exploring virtual frontiers(as an explanation to the psychology driving much of Web 2.0 and user generated content)

Bartho Pronk – European commission: No one ever talks of the dark side of the Web. We all talk of the good things(sharing etc) but we cannot ignore the dark side else we can’t make the system inclusive and global

Tom Loosemore – Project director and architect of BBC 2.0: ‘The challenge is: How to cede control – but yet win ..’

And finally from my speech

In a world of contribution(Web 2.0) – openness and cooperation is a competitive advantage. Both the European Union and the GSM standard have demonstrated that we have the capacity to cooperate. And that skill will be a key competitive advantage for us in future

And also from my speech ..

The future belongs to pockets of technical excellence .. As my friend from Tel Aviv said to me once: ‘We Israelis don’t do web 2.0’. That’s an astute observation. Israel has technical competence in security, communications and networking. India – has a more broad based business software experience. Brazil is developing expertise in bio fuels.

So, I ask you as MEPs .. if we fast forward the next few years .. what technical area do we want to dominate? What technical legacy will we leave our children?

And I propose to you – that it is ‘Mobile’

We already have an ecosystem in GSM and we have world leading mobile companies in Nokia and Ericsson based here.

Let us not look to the east – nor the west

We lead America i.e. the West (for once!) with mobile technology ..

Let us not look to the East(Korea and Japan) for innovation. Yes, a lot has been achieved there – but based on closed standards. That innovation is not globally technologically scaleable.

What we are doing here in Europe is fostering innovation based on Open standards and the ethos of the Web. That innovation is globally scaleable and is (globally) inclusive.


  1. Gabriel Palomino says:

    I’ve been involved in Java Mobile techonlogy / Web Mobile from year 2000.
    Europeans lead America with mobile technology but they don’t care, don’t panic, because Europe is not able to offer a standard solution that targets the mass market.
    Globally technologically scaleable?
    Today is really difficult to launch an European mobile application based in java, “our standard”,
    Technologically has been a failure.
    Manufacturers have implemented docens of different java versions in its phones, without control, without rules.
    Currently it is not possible to launch a java mass market standard application without all the phones in front of you,… and stay ready to create docens of different versions.
    Technical information from operators has been (from the beginning) very limited, just about a confidential secret.
    Why we have a poor web mobile?
    Maybe because operators want the control of it?
    Now it seems free, ok, you can launch a web mobile by using XHTML but,
    1) It won’t be compatible with WAP phones
    2) Each phone supports a maximum page size (again incompatibilities).
    3) You need to recognize the phone model to know the response maximum page size.
    4) This information is not offered by operators neither by manufacturers.
    5) You need all the phones to test and get the information.
    6) Is it an Impossible Mission??
    Open standards?
    Open standards based on private resources.
    Open standards based on SMS business models available to “some” partners.
    I’m mad about social, community, user generated, mobile web 2.0.
    But, I’m afraid we don’t have technology to make it possible.
    For that reason all the people is talkinng about mobile web 2.0 as a future.
    In a near future, US ( as always ) will demostrate how to do it, majax, mac and macromedia will launch standards that will conquer the whole world, all the promised mobile web2.0 world.