Bror Salmelin, on Digital Vision and European competition to USA

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Bror Salmelin, Adviser to the Director ICT addressing Societal Challenges, DG INFSO, European Commission: on Digital Vision and European competition to USA

Erika Mann, on Facebook users and their privacy

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Erika Mann, Head of EU Policy Brussels, Facebook; ICANN – Board of Directors
about Facebook users and their privacy, took part of Session 8 – Social Networking:Identity in the eWorld


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Session 11 was led by Women in Leadership. This association is a network of high-ranked businesswomen women across Europe, European policy makers and high civil servants as well as academics. One of the purposes of this association is to promote the entry by women into a broader range of professions, in particular a higher participation, and support female entrepreneurship and facilitate access to capital by female entrepreneurs. For these purposes “coaches” share their experiences, knowledge to teach and support leaders. Firstly, general women’s situation in employment was looked through. Secondly, Speakers pointed good examples of enterprises whohave already introduced few women leadership support programs. Thirdly, in the conference “coaches” shared their expectations and experiences. Common Idea and suggestion for other women were to play the system do not change it.

Alfredo M. Ronchi and his take on “Social Networking: Identity in the eWorld”

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Alfredo M. Ronchi, European Commission Framework of co-operation for multimedia access to and exploitation of Europe’s Cultural Heritage: his take on the Global Fourm session “Social Networking: Identity in the eWorld”

Dr. Hercule Dalianis, Stockholm University, on eHealth and access to data

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Dr. Hercule Dalianis, Professor in Computer and Systems Sciences, Stockholm University, Sweden followed with tthe example of grater Stockholm initiative where 1 millon patient data is collected over 3 year period. minor changes and improvements implemented – access, overview to the record, actual filling of part of it by the patient – means 20 million eur savings a year.

Alan R. Shark on intelligent communication and public sector involvement

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Alan R. Shark, (Assistant Professor from Rutgers, The Sate University of New Jersey; CEO of PTI – Public Technology Institute) on intelligent communication and public sector involvement


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Jon Shamah (Head of EMEA Sales, Nets eSecurity, United-Kingdom) and other speakers stressed the necessity of education in order to prevent digital natives from becoming digital Citizens. In other words, education could help children understand different privacy and identity issues.

Erika Mann (Head of EU Policy Brussels, Facebook; ICANN – Board of Directors) presented interesting data which contradicts general opinion about Facebook users. According Pew Research Center, social networking site users have more friends and more close friends, social networking sites are increasingly used to maintain contact with close social tie, only a small fraction of Facebook friends are people whom users  have never met or met only once, Facebook  users have more social support, and they are much more politically engaged compared with Americans of a similar age and education etc. (

Jeremy Millard (Senior Consultant, Danish Technological Institute, Denmark) asserted that Internet and the Social Media usage are changing the relationship between Citizens and Governments. Speaker also presented few business cases (for instance, THMBNLS ) for  illustrating new ways of communication between citizens and government.

Andrey Korotkov, (Professor, Head Dept of International Journalism, MGIMO University;Former Deputy Minister of Communications and Informatization of RF, Russia) marked three new revolutions which our society is facing or will face very soon:

  1. Active Internet usage
  2. Widespread usage of cloud computing
  3. Revolution of development in nanotbioelectronics in coming future.

Bartolome Arroyo-Fernandez (Head of Unit, Networked Media Systems (acting), DG )

Presentation on “Social media: Policy and Research issues”

98% of Europeans are aware of Social media

73% of Europeans Internet users use social network sites

Enterprises use social media for immediate feedback from the users, as well as for developing more personalised products. However, EC is concern about Children online. More than 38% 9-12 years old children have social network profile. They can be easily abused therefore European Commission is working to protect Children and strengthen the rules of social networking. Social networking evolving so fast that people cannot understand real threat for their identity.

Linda McCormack (Managing Principle of Verizon’s EMEA Communications and Mobility Professional Services Business Line) pointed that “we are social animals”: Internet empowers small economic players to compete with bigger players in more fare way because in Internet economy size does not matter so much anymore.

To sum up, social media is part of nowadays society; it changes the way how citizens, business are government are communicating. Since social media is new player in communication process, all issues are not yet taken into consideration for many of users. Therefore education is necessary.

Session 4. Main topics

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Session 4 GOVERNMENTS AND GLOBAL SINGLE MARKET Opportunities, challenges and threats of an increased INTEROPERABILITY between States
Covered topics:
• Cross Country Collaboration:
• Social security and social services
• Employment
• Justice
• Taxation and Customs
• Citizens mobility
• Boarder protection
• Combining eGovernment and mGov
• Co-Production of Public Services
• Open Government
• Smart Cities
Cross Country Collaboration can help to improve Social security and social services especially nowadays when migration is very intensive within and outside European Countries . In addition, citizens mobility raises even more challenges for Local, national and transnational authorities. How Wiebke Pankauke stated “Brain gain instead of brains drain” for this better collaboration and communications between public authorities are necessary. Jackie Morin pointed that in order to improve social security and services different systems of countries do not have to be harmonized but connected. E-tools which creation is in the process will raise appetite to cooperate.
Alan Shark stated that we already have single market but with thousands of problems and we are still living in the analogue market. Data protection, identity management and restoration of Citizens trust are one of the challenges which US is facing now. However, 9/11 woke up US.
In addition, mane e-projects and new communication channels were presented, for instance SOLVIT which is on-line problem solving network whose clients are citizens and business. Success rate is 80%. EESSI Networking is a European Commission project which is working with assuring that Member States exchange data electronically and many others.

Jimmy Schulz, Member of the German Parliament, Germany

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Jimmy Schulz, Member of the German Parliament, Germany: Because of lacking right information, transparency, and dialogue between citizens and government citizens do not trust stakeholders. Therefore German government introduced new channels to interact with citizens six months ago. German government created webpage for citizens to discuss issues which are set by government. In order to get more qualitative public opinion not just separate ideas some rules were introduced in this experiment. After discussion just most “voted” and discussed issues are taken into Parliament.