Digital agenda survey

First Digital Agenda Assembly, Brussels, 16-17 June 2011

Hello all

Here is a brief survey about the Digital Agenda. If you complete it and send it to me, I can send you a powerpoint which is a summary of the EU web sites which will be concise way to get the big picture about these issues

email me at ajit.jaokar at futuretext.com (should take about 5 mins)

The Digital Agenda is Europe’s strategy for a flourishing digital economy by 2020. It outlines policies and actions to maximise the benefit of the Digital Revolution for all. To achieve these goals, the Commission will work closely with national governments, concerned organisations and companies.  An annual Digital Assembly will bring stakeholders together to assess progress and emerging challenges.

The digital agenda is based on Pillars(themes), actions(for each theme) and a scorecard. Hence, it aims to be very focused and measurable.

Question: based on the brief description below, what do you think are the key issues that come to mind in each section (the idea is not to look back at the commission documents – but to see what is valued by thought leaders)

Once I get the feedback, I will follow this up with a powerpoint based on a summary of the commission’s analysis which would be useful to know

Many thanks

kind rgds

Ajit

Digital Single Market

Too many barriers still block the free flow of online services and entertainment across national borders. The Digital Agenda will update EU Single Market rules for the digital era. The aims are to boost the music download business, establish a single area for online payments, and further protect EU consumers in cyberspace.

Issues which come to mind:

Interoperability and Standards

The internet is a great example of interoperability – numerous devices and applications working together anywhere in the world. Europe must ensure that new IT devices, applications, data repositories and services interact seamlessly anywhere – just like the internet.

The Digital Agenda identifies improved standard-setting procedures and increased interoperability as the keys to success

Issues which come to mind:

Trust and Security

Only 12% of European web users feel completely safe making online transactions. Threats such as malicious software and online fraud unsettle consumers and dog efforts to promote the online economy. The Digital Agenda proposes a number of practical solutions, including a coordinated European response to cyber-attacks and reinforced rules on personal data protection

Issues which come to mind:


Very Fast Internet

New services such as high definition television or videoconferencing need much faster internet access than generally available in Europe. To match world leaders like South Korea and Japan, Europe needs download rates of 30 Mbps for all of its citizens and at least 50% of European households subscribing to internet connections above 100 Mbps by 2020. The Digital Agenda aims to turn this ambition into reality by stimulating investments and proposing a comprehensive radio spectrum plan.

keywords/issues which come to mind:

Research and innovation

To attract Europe’s best minds to research, world class infrastructure and adequate funding are crucial. The best research ideas must be turned into marketable products and services. Currently, EU investment in ICT research is still less than half US levels. The Digital Agenda seeks to maintain Europe’s competitive edge through increased coordination and elimination of Europe’s fragmented efforts.

Issues which come to mind:

Enhancing e-skills

Over 50% of Europeans use the internet daily – but 30% have never used it at all! Moreover, disabled persons face particular difficulties in benefiting fully from new electronic content and services. As ever more daily tasks are carried out online, all our people need enhanced digital skills to participate fully in society. The Digital Agenda tackles this unacceptable digital divide.

Issues which come to mind:

ICT for Social Challenges

Digital technologies have enormous potential to benefit our everyday lives and tackle social challenges. The Digital Agenda focuses on ICTs capability to reduce energy consumption, support ageing citizens’ lives, revolutionises health services and deliver better public services.

ICTs can also drive forward the digitisation of Europe’s cultural heritage providing online access for all.

Issues  which come to mind:

Thanks for all the comments. Please keep them coming.

See the attached for the summary of the issues from the Digital Agenda

http://www.opengardensblog.futuretext.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/digital-agenda-issues-and-actions.pdf

Comments

  1. Digital Single Market

    Issues which come to mind: Too much dependency on text and language, rather than known celebrities and established symbols.

    Interoperability and Standards

    Issues which come to mind: Platform independent mediums such as audio, images and video as the only basis for communication, instruction and commercial payment.

    Trust and Security

    Issues which come to mind:Establish very strong rules of engagement and conduct, which are independent of language and culture.

    Very Fast Internet

    keywords/issues which come to mind: Development of actual applications which require this kind of backbone, such as long distance education and corporate training.

    Research and innovation

    Issues which come to mind: Execution of white papers developed by various educational institutions across the world, based on feasibility and economy.

    Enhancing e-skills

    Issues which come to mind: Big gap between European and Asian techniques of internet usage. Knowledge sharing is very important.

    ICT for Social Challenges

    Issues which come to mind:Use domotics for ageing citizens, through Asian-European knowledge sharing. Focus on energy saving techniques globally established. Use m-health as a part of the ageing citizens’ package.