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M2M World Congress 2016

M2M World Congress

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M2M World Congress

Is the world’s leading Machine to Machine event for M2M Communications and M2M Applications in Automotive, Healthcare, Smart Grid & Manufacturing. It brings together mobile operators, service providers, OEMs, carriers, broadcasters, content owners, satellite companies, investors and enterprises, Enterprises, Government, Health, Utility providers.




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eGov-ePart 2015

Dual eGov 2015 and ePart 2015 conference

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The annual international IFIP eGov conference is the top-2 ranked core conference in the domain of ICT in the public sector and the public sphere. Each year, scholars from all over the globe present the most recent advancements and findings of research and innovations in eGovernment, eGovernance and related fields of study.

The annual international ePart conference is the top-ranked conference in the domain of electronic participation and the 5th-ranked overall conference dedicated to information technologies in the context of public administration and the public sphere.

The dual conference is organized by the IFIP Working Group 8.5 on information systems in the public sector. Since the beginnings of eGov in 2001 and the inauguration of ePart in 2009, the two conferences have provided important guidance for research and development in this fast-moving domain of study. The dual IFIP eGov —ePart conference brings together leading researchers and professionals from across the globe and from a number of disciplines. The previous IFIP eGov and IFIP ePart conferences have attracted around 150 participants on average per year from all continents including developing countries

Conference Tracks

The organisers of the dual conference have agreed to slightly change the format of IFIP eGov and IFIP ePart to enable extensively emerging topics to be more prominently visible by own tracks. Accordingly, the 2015 dual conference is organised along five major tracks. Under the following links, the call for papers per track are accessible:

Although the five tracks overlap in certain areas, they cover and emphasise distinct areas of research and appeal to specific and important sub-communities within the overall eGov —ePart scholarly community.

Therefore the tracks have their separate and detailed call for papers.

Across its tracks, the dual IFIP eGov/ePart 2015 conference hosts distinct formats of contributions:

  • Completed research papers (max. 12 pages, published in the IFIP ePart proceedings of Springer LNCS)
  • Ongoing research and innovative projects (max. 8 pages, published in alternate proceedings by a IOS Press)

Beyond the tracks, the dual IFIP eGov/ePart 2015 conference also hosts

  • Posters (max. 2 pages), to be exposed along the welcome reception on Tuesday evening
  • Workshops and panels on pertinent issues, short abstracts (2 pages), and
  • PhD colloquium submissions (max. 8 pages),

all to be included in the alternate proceedings published by IOS Press. These formats encourage both scientific rigor and discussions of state of the art as well as innovative research approaches, work in progress, and studies of practical e-government or e-governance projects along with papers on system implementations.

Prior to the conference (that is, on Sunday and Monday, August 30 and 31), the eleventh PhD student colloquium will be held providing doctoral students with an international forum guided by senior scholars for presenting their work, networking opportunities and cross-disciplinary inspiration. It is dedicated to learning and understanding from each other. PhD research with topical threads of both conferences and the special tracks or further related topics relevant to ICT use in the public sector are welcome.

As in previous years, the conferences and tracks are co-located. Accordingly, general information for all conference tracks is accessible under the following links:


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Privacy In a Connected World

Privacy in a Connected World

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28th International Conference – Privacy in a Connected World

The conference addresses the wide range of ways in which companies need to understand and manage legally the flow of personal data between countries, companies, and objects related to people. Now that 109 countries have national privacy laws, what are the unintended consequences when managing a global privacy function? While EU tensions with the USA Safe Harbor rumble on, the conference will also cover major privacy developments in China.

To match the conference title, Privacy in a Connected World, a cluster of sessions on building privacy into innovation, such as wearable tech, connected cars and driverless cars, use of black box data in cars and drones.

This conference has sessions which address the questions, such as, how does the law deal with the tension and the balance of rights between individuals and companies? What do national privacy regulators expect? How are the laws developing? How far should companies go in conducting a Privacy by Design exercise? What evidence of such an exercise would satisfy the Data Protection Authorities?

This conference features a finely balanced group of regulators, companies, lawyers, consultants and academics from many countries. They will give us insights and advice into how we should address the practical every day challenges of implementing national privacy laws in our organisations. We will cover:

  • data flow mapping as a preparation for effective privacy impact assessments
  • how to measure privacy effectiveness using the Privacy by Design methodology
  • managing a subject access programme
  • making legitimate interests work as a legal basis for processing personal data
  • The UK Information Commissioner’s Operation Spruce on the hiring of private investigators by major companies and other organisations
  • Preparing for an ICO audit

Conference Programme


18.30 Drinks (all welcome but pre-booking requested)

19.30 Dinner in the Wordsworth Room, St. John’s College (limited number of places, pre-booking required)

MONDAY, 6th July 2015 – Connected World and Enforcement

8.00 – 17.30 Registration

7.30 – 08.45 Breakfast

9.00 – Chair’s introduction: Privacy in a Connected World Stewart Dresner, Chief Executive, Privacy Laws & Business

9.15 – Global proliferation of data privacy laws: Future implications and European influences Professor Graham Greenleaf, University of New South Wales, Australia and Asia-Pacific Editor, Privacy Laws & Business International Report

10.00 – Balancing a better resourced data protection regime with a green light for business Helen Dixon, Data Protection Commissioner, Ireland

10.40 – Coffee

11.05 – Unforeseen events and their consequences when managing a global privacy function Olga Ganopolsky, General Counsel, Privacy and Data Legal and Governance, Group Legal, Commercial Macquarie Group, Australia

11.45 – What Epsilon is doing to comply with the US Safe Harbor and how its privacy policies and practices vary in different countries

Jeanette Fitzgerald, Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Chief Privacy Officer, Epsilon, US – Chair: Laura Linkomies, Editor, Privacy Laws & Business United Kingdom and International Reports

Parallel Sessions

12.15 – Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States Data protection, cyber security and privacy law for doing business in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states

Brian Meenagh, Latham & Watkins, Qatar – Chair: Laura Linkomies, Editor, Privacy Laws & Business United Kingdom and International Reports

12.15 – Consensual tracking for insurance purposes Building privacy into consensual tracking for insurance purposes via an in-car device

Helena Wootton, Partner, Browne Jacobson, UK Charlotte Halkett, Head of Business Development, Insure The Box, UK – Chair: Stewart Dresner, Chief Executive, Privacy Laws & Business

13.00 – Lunch in the Hall

14.00 – Wearable technologies:

Privacy, data security, associated risks and recommendations Dr Mark Watts, Managing Partner, and Faye Harrison, Associate, Bristows, London

14.45 – Drones:

Eye in the sky: Drones, privacy and the law Peter Lee, Senior Associate, Taylor Vinters, Cambridge

A privacy code of practice for drones – Attila Péterfalvi, President, National Authority for Data Protection and Freedom of Information, Hungary

Chair: Dr Simon Rice, Group Manager, (Technology), Information Commissioner’s Office, United Kingdom

15.30 – Tea

15.50 – Enforcement

15.50 – The CNIL’s compliance programme in France Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, President, the CNIL, Paris

16.10 – The Netherlands Data Protection Authority’s programme of enforcement, cooperation and building bridges Wilbert Tomesen, Deputy Chairman, the Netherlands DP Commission

16.30 – The FTC’s privacy leadership role in the US Julie Brill, Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission, Washington DC

16.50 – “The ICO is in the possibilities business more than the prohibition business” Christopher Graham, Information Commissioner, UK

17.10 – The DPAs’ Global Privacy Enforcement Network

Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, President, the CNIL, Paris

Wilbert Tomesen, Deputy Chairman, the Netherlands DP Commission

Julie Brill, Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission, Washington DC

Christopher Graham, Information Commissioner, UK

Chair: Nicholas Graham, Partner, Dentons, UK

17.30 – Close

18.00 – Guided walks around St. John’s College’s gardens and Cambridge

18.45  -Drinks 19.30 Dinner in the Hall

TUESDAY 7th July 2015 – E-commerce; EU Data Protection draft Regulation; Surveillance

8.00 – 17.30 Registration

7.30 – 8.45 Breakfast in the Buttery

9.00 – E-commerce

Revision of the EU ePrivacy Directive: Cookies, unsolicited direct marketing messages, processing of location data Jos Dumortier, time.lex – information & technology law, Brussels

The impact of new privacy legislation on e-commerce and online payments Micah Thorner, Senior Compliance Manager, Global Collect Services, the Netherlands

Chair: Valerie Taylor, Consultant, Privacy Laws & Business

9.45 – The Information Commissioner’s future priorities Christopher Graham, Information Commissioner, UK

Chair: Valerie Taylor, Consultant, Privacy Laws & Business

10.30 – Coffee

10.50 – The US Safe Harbor at 15: The facts around compliance and enforcement

Critique: Chris Connolly, Galexia, Australia

Response: Julie Brill, Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission, Washington DC, USA

Response: Bruno Gencarelli, Head of Unit, Data Protection, Directorate-General for Justice, European Commission, Brussels

11.20 – Holding onto core DP values: An alternative approach if the current negotiations on the EU DP Regulation fail

Dr David Erdos, Lecturer in Law and the Open Society, Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge

11.30 – EDPS

The new European Data Protection Supervisor’s Priorities Giovanni Buttarelli, European DP Supervisor, Brussels

12.00 – Progress report on the EU Data Protection draft Regulation: Part 1

Bruno Gencarelli, Head of Unit – Data Protection, Directorate-General for Justice, European Commission, Brussels

Giovanni Buttarelli, European Data Protection Supervisor, Brussels

Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, President, CNIL, France and Chair, EU Art. 29 DP Working Party

Christopher Graham, Information Commissioner, UK

13.00 – Lunch

14.00 – Progress report on the EU Data Protection draft Regulation: Part 2

Bruno Gencarelli, Head of Unit – Data Protection, Directorate-General for Justice, European Commission, Brussels

Giovanni Buttarelli, European Data Protection Supervisor, Brussels

Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, President, CNIL, France and Chair, EU Art. 29 DP Working Party

Christopher Graham, Information Commissioner, UK

14.30 – Preparing now for the EU Data Protection Regulation Eduardo Ustaran, Partner, Hogan Lovells, UK

Parallel Sessions

15.00 – Legitimate interests:

How Experian makes legitimate interests work: A model for other sectors? Janet Lane and Michael Smith, Deputy General Counsel, Experian, UK

15.00 – One Stop Shop Your main establishment in the EU and the impact of this decision in the context of the EU Data Protection draft Regulation

Charlotte Mullarkey, Senior Associate, Allen & Overy, UK (Chair)

Laura Lemire, Attorney, Microsoft, Redmond, USA

John Bowman, Promontory, London

Florence Raynal, CNIL, France

15.45 – Tea

Parallel Sessions

16.05 –  Connected cars

Kirsten Whitfield, Director, Wragge Lawrence Graham, UK

Tim Armitage, Project Director, UK Autodrive, (leading the UK’s driverless car consortium), Arup, United Kingdom

16.05 – China

China’s many data privacy laws: Convergence and enforcement

Professor Graham Greenleaf, University of New South Wales, Australia and Asia-Pacific Editor, Privacy Laws & Business

16.50 – Surveillance

16.50 – Always listening? Security services, telcos, and their access to your personal data in 35 countries

Peter Church, Senior Associate, Linklaters, London

17.30 – Close

18.00 – Punting on the River Cam

18.45 – Drinks (sponsored by Linklaters)

19.30 – Dinner in the Hall

WEDNESDAY 8th July 2015 – Practical privacy management

8.00 – 14.00 Registration

7.30 – 8.45 Breakfast in the Buttery

9.00 – Research

The International Privacy Law Library Professor Graham Greenleaf, University of New South Wales, Australia and Asia-Pacific Editor, Privacy Laws & Business

9.15 – Managing subject access

Experian’s efficient subject access programme Michael Smith, Deputy General Counsel, Experian, UK

9.30 – Big data

Big Data and the Internet of Things in the EU, US and Asia Alan Charles Raul, Sidley Austin, USA

Chair: Mark Keddie, Chief Privacy Officer, BT Retail, UK

10.15 – Assessing privacy risks

How to measure privacy effectiveness using the Privacy by Design methodology Tom Widgery, Director, Privacy & Information Security Governance, SVB Financial Group, USA

Chair: Bojana Bellamy, President, Centre for Information Policy Leadership, Hunton & Williams, London

11.00 – Coffee

11.20 – Privacy Impact Assessments

Data flow mapping as a preparation for effective privacy impact assessments Erik Luysterborg, Partner, Deloitte, Belgium

12.10  -Cloud

Addressing privacy concerns in cloud services Ross Woodham, Director, Legal Affairs, Peer1 Hosting, Canada Jon Bartley, Partner, Penningtons Manches, UK

13.00 – Lunch

14.00 – Audit

Preparing for an ICO audit Rowenna Fielding, Information Governance Manager, Corporate Resources, The Alzheimers Society, London

14.45 – ICO Enforcement

Stephen Eckersley, ICO Head of Enforcement, UK (Operation Spruce, on the hiring of private investigators by major companies and other organisations)

15.30 – Roundtable discussion: Skills for success as a data protection manager at different stages of your career

Chair: Mark Keddie, Chief Privacy Officer, BT Retail, UK

16.00 – Close and Tea

Note: Speakers are confirmed as at 14th April 2015 but the dates and timings of sessions may change.

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European Conference on eGovernment

ECEG 2015 – European Conference on eGovernment

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European Conference on eGovernment

As governments seek to remodel and restyle their services, eGovernment continues to stir interest and attention. New dynamic issues such as e-democracy, e-citizenship, interoperability, e-identity and e-voting have become core elements in the development of public sector delivery. The multi-tier nature of eGovernment, relevant at local, regional, and central government but also at the supranational level such as the European Union, makes it of importance to academics and practitioners alike. Vital questions are posed which link technological development and a streamlining of government services to more social based values of inclusion, accessibility and power relationship ratios.

eGovernment encompasses more than just technology – it challenges the way in which public sector service providers and citizens interact. Democratic renewal, the transformation of service delivery, community leadership and citizenship integration are all key elements of this fascinating subject. eGovernment is tightly related to legal, economical and organisational fields and as such holds a strong interdisciplinary status. You can see a full list of the conference and journal accreditations by clicking the star in the right hand side bar.

Possible Topics

  • Applications of e-Government: New ideas for improving the public service efficiency and effectiveness; the case for e-Government; comparison case studies in developing versus developed nations; e-Government for young people; G2G applications; back-office implementation and internal adoption; EU e-Government policy; e-Government in different fields – e-justice, e-health.
  • Challenges to e-Government: Cyber terrorism; technological limitations of citizenry; language issues, identity management – including authentication trust and privacy; how to increase take-up of e-Government services; e-Government project failure; the transition to e-Government for local governments; semantics of transactions in e-Government, definitions and implementations.
  • Interoperability: Enterprise architecture; dimensions of interoperability – technical, semantic, organizational; governance of interoperability; maturity models, barriers to implementation and key success factors; interoperability frameworks; interoperability strategies.
  • e-Government 2.0: impacts of Web 2.0 in e-Government, its implications in e-Government, success and failure stories and reasons, e-Government “mashups”, citizen empowerment, evaluations and challenges for the future; open access and e-Government; open data and e-Government.
  • e-Democracy/e-Participation: How technology can improve the democratic process; post-modern campaigning; ICT and the case of deliberative democracy; using blogs and wikis to enhance participation; e-Government as an enabler of
    public sector reform; setting an e-Democracy agenda at government level; citizens’ wider access to ICTs, and the skills and means to generate and distribute content; citizen trust in online participation and dialogue; the design of audience-specific consultative processes; conceptualising public value; deciding the correct balance between online and offline citizen/government, citizen/citizen interactions; exploiting the learning and communicative potential of emerging online tools and new media forms (games, blogs, wiki, G3 mobile communications).
  • Measuring e-Government/Economics of e-Government: The case for e-Government – can benchmarking indicators be effective; what are the benefits and economics of e-Government?; e-Government success factors and inhibitors; methodologies, tools and metrics for assessing the effectiveness of e-Government; ; the role of e-Government in social and economic development; attaining social value from electronic government; political accountability; measuring e-Government – what benchmarks should be used?; payback periods; web-based information quality.
  • Legal, agency, trust and governance issues in e-Government: The equilibrium between actors in e-Government transactions, on issues of trust that may be expressed or understood between such actors, on legal issues promoting or inhibiting the adoption of e-Government models or measures, or on IP issues of open standards use in e-Government and their consequences on applications built upon e-ID or other e-Government models, such as in procurement; trust charters in e-service delivery.
  • Additional topics: Entrepreneurial processes in the information society; knowledge management/intellectual capital in local/national government; e-I – intelligent use of systems in government; penetration/use of open-source solutions in public sector; leading change in public service organisations; shared services in public service delivery – the way forward; multi-Agency/partnership working; information management strategies within the public sector; scenario building; decision support systems; single European information space; strategic leadership; document management systems; hierarchical government processes; can e-Government learn from e-Business?; mobile Government; e-procurement; the role of the CIO in promoting e-Government; smart cities.


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EU Commission – Press release – A Digital Single Market for Europe

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The Internet and digital technologies are transforming our world – in every walk of life and in every line of business. Europe must embrace the digital revolution and open up digital opportunities for people and businesses. How? By using the power of the EU’s Single Market. Today, the European Commission unveiled its detailed plans to create a Digital Single Market, thereby delivering on one of its top priorities.

At present, barriers online mean citizens miss out on goods and services: only 15% shop online from another EU country; Internet companies and start-ups cannot take full advantage of growth opportunities online: only 7% of SMEs sell cross-border (see Factsheet for more figures). Finally, businesses and governments are not fully benefitting from digital tools. The aim of the Digital Single Market is to tear down regulatory walls and finally move from 28 national markets to a single one. A fully functional Digital Single Market could contribute €415 billion per year to our economy and create hundreds of thousands of new jobs.

The Digital Single Market Strategy adopted today includes a set of targeted actions to be deliveredby the end of next year (see Annex). It is built on three pillars: (1) better access for consumers and businesses to digital goods and services across Europe; (2) creating the right conditions and a level playing field for digital networks and innovative services to flourish; (3) maximising the growth potential of the digital economy.

Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said: “Today, we lay the groundwork for Europe’s digital future. I want to see pan-continental telecoms networks, digital services that cross borders and a wave of innovative European start-ups. I want to see every consumer getting the best deals and every business accessing the widest market – wherever they are in Europe. Exactly a year ago, I promised to make a fully Digital Single Market one of my top priorities. Today, we are making good on that promise. The 16 steps of our Digital Single Market Strategy will help make the Single Market fit for a digital age.

Vice-President for the Digital Single Market Andrus Ansip said: “Our Strategy is an ambitious and necessary programme of initiatives that target areas where the EU can make a real difference. They prepare Europe to reap the benefits of a digital future. They will give people and companies the online freedoms to profit fully from Europe’s huge internal market. The initiatives are inter-linked and reinforce each other. They must be delivered quickly to better help to create jobs and growth. The Strategy is our starting point, not the finishing line.

Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society Günther H. Oettinger said: “Our economies and societies are going digital. Future prosperity will depend largely on how well we master this transition. Europe has strengths to build on, but also homework to do, in particular to make sure its industries adapt, and its citizens make full use of the potential of new digital services and goods. We have to prepare for a modern society and will table proposals balancing the interests of consumers and industry.

The Digital Single Market Strategy sets out 16 key actions under 3 pillars which the Commission will deliver by the end of 2016:

Pillar I: Better access for consumers and businesses to digital goods and services across Europe

The Commission will propose:

1. rules to make cross-border e-commerce easier. This includes harmonised EU rules on contracts and consumer protection when you buy online: whether it is physical goods like shoes or furniture; or digital content like e-books or apps. Consumers are set to benefit from a wider range of rights and offers, while businesses will more easily sell to other EU countries. This will boost confidence to shop and sell across borders (see Factsheet for facts & figures).

2. to enforce consumer rules more rapidly and consistently,by reviewing the Regulation on Consumer Protection Cooperation.

3. more efficient and affordable parcel delivery. Currently 62% of companies trying to sell online say that too-high parcel delivery costs are a barrier (see the newly released Eurobarometer on e-commerce).

4. to end unjustified geo-blocking – a discriminatory practice used for commercial reasons, when online sellers either deny consumers access to a website based on their location, or re-route them to a local store with different prices. Such blocking means that, for example, car rental customers in one particular Member State may end up paying more for an identical car rental in the same destination.

5. to identify potential competition concerns affecting European e-commerce markets. The Commission therefore launched today an antitrust competition inquiry into the e-commercesector in the European Union (press release).

6. a modern, more European copyright law: legislative proposals will follow before the end of 2015 to reduce the differences between national copyright regimes and allow for wider online access to works across the EU, including through further harmonisation measures. The aim is to improve people’s access to cultural content online – thereby nurturing cultural diversity – while opening new opportunities for creators and the content industry. In particular, the Commission wants to ensure that users who buy films, music or articles at home can also enjoy them while travelling across Europe. The Commission will also look at the role of online intermediaries in relation to copyright-protected work. It will step up enforcement against commercial-scale infringements of intellectual property rights.

7. a review of the Satellite and Cable Directive to assess if its scope needs to be enlarged to broadcasters’ online transmissions and to explore how to boost cross-border access to broadcasters’ services in Europe.

8. to reduce the administrative burden businesses face from different VAT regimes: so that sellers of physical goods to other countries also benefit from single electronic registration and payment; and with a common VAT threshold to help smaller start-ups selling online.

Pillar II: Creating the right conditions and a level playing field for digital networks and innovative services to flourish

The Commission will:

9. present an ambitious overhaul of EU telecoms rules. This includes more effective spectrum coordination, and common EU-wide criteria for spectrum assignment at national level; creating incentives for investment in high-speed broadband; ensuring a level playing field for all market players, traditional and new; and creating an effective institutional framework.

10. review the audiovisual media framework to make it fit for the 21st century, focusing on the roles of the different market players in the promotion of European works (TV broadcasters, on-demand audiovisual service providers, etc.). It will as well look at how to adapt existing rules (the Audiovisual Media Services Directive) to new business models for content distribution.

11. comprehensively analyse the role of online platforms (search engines, social media, app stores, etc.) in the market. This will cover issues such as the non-transparency of search results and of pricing policies, how they use the information they acquire, relationships between platforms and suppliers and the promotion of their own services to the disadvantage of competitors – to the extent these are not already covered by competition law. It will also look into how to best tackle illegal content on the Internet.

12. reinforce trust and security in digital services, notably concerning the handling of personal data. Building on the new EU data protection rules, due to be adopted by the end of 2015, the Commission will review the e-Privacy Directive.

13. propose a partnership with the industry on cybersecurity in the area of technologies and solutions for online network security.

Pillar III: Maximising the growth potential of the digital economy

The Commission will:

14. propose a ‘European free flow of data initiative‘ topromote the free movement of data in the European Union. Sometimes new services are hampered by restrictions on where data is located or on data access – restrictions which often do not have anything to do with protecting personal data. This new initiative will tackle those restrictions and so encourage innovation. The Commission will also launch a European Cloud initiative covering certification of cloud services, the switching of cloud service providers and a “research cloud”.

15. define priorities for standards and interoperability in areas critical to the Digital Single Market, such as e-health, transport planning or energy (smart metering).

16. support an inclusive digital society where citizens have the right skills to seize the opportunities of the Internet and boost their chances of getting a job. A new e-government action plan will also connect business registers across Europe, ensure different national systems can work with each other, and ensure businesses and citizens only have to communicate their data once to public administrations, that means governments no longer making multiple requests for the same information when they can use the information they already have. This “only once” initiative will cut red tape and potentially save around €5 billion per year by 2017. The roll-out of e-procurement and interoperable e-signatures will be accelerated.

Next steps:

The Digital Single Market project team will deliver on these different actions by the end of 2016. With the backing of the European Parliament and the Council, the Digital Single Market should be completed as soon as possible.

For more information:

Documents adopted:

Communication – A Digital Single Market Strategy for Europe

Staff Working Document – A Digital Single Market Strategy – Analysis and Evidence


Questions and Answers on the Digital Single Market Strategy (MEMO)

Why we need a Digital Single Market

28 National Country Factsheets

Other useful links:

Webpage on the Digital Single Market (#DigitalSingleMarket)

Digital Single Market Strategy: European Commission agrees areas for action (25 March 2015)

How digital is your country? New figures reveal progress needed towards a digital Europe (24 February 2015)

Webpage of Vice-President for the Digital Single Market Andrus Ansip (@Ansip_EU)

Webpage of Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Günther H. Oettinger (@GOettingerEU)

President Juncker’s political guidelines

Commission Work Programme 2015

Annex I: Roadmap of initiatives

Annex II: The three pillars of the Digital Single Market



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eHealth Week

eHealth Week

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Taking place during the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, eHealth Week 2015 comprises of two main events: the High Level eHealth Conference organised by the Latvian Ministry of Health and the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and WoHIT (World of Health IT Conference & Exhibition) organised by HIMSS Europe. Attracting over 2000 international delegates and 75 exhibitors, the event will welcome global decision makers from public and private healthcare sectors, clinicians, hospital and IT managers and VIP guests.

Besides the two main events, the High Level eHealth Conference & WoHIT, then all eHealth Week participants can attend a range of sessions and activities including mHealth Summit Europe, EU SME eHealth Competition, an onsite Matchmaking Event, the Continua Summer Summit and a state of the art exhibition including country pavilions from all over the world.

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mhealth Summit Europe

mHealth Summit Europe

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mHealth Summit Europe 2015

The mHealth Summit Europe will be back in 2015 as a part of eHealth Week in Riga, Latvia on 11-12 May. The Summit will be opening eHealth Week like no other event, providing international thought leadership on how we can fulfil the mHealth promise with a focus on “Energizing the mHealth Agenda in Europe”. The event addresses opportunities and challenges, as well as strategies for taking mHealth from pilots to true implementation. Some highly anticipated topics include:

  • mHealth and Big Data – how can we unite all patient data to accomplish personalized care?
  • mHealth in Europe – one size does not fit all?
  • Who apart from patients have interest in using mHealth?
  • Who should be driving and paying for mHealth?

This year, the second annual mHealth Summit Europe is taking place as part of eHealth Week, Europe’s largest pan-European conference: an all-encompassing event focusing on leadership and the continuum of care – healthcare from the home to the hospital. It is now more relevant than ever to bring these two events together, reflecting that mHealth and eHealth will be coming together in the near future. It is becoming a reality that as the Health IT market develops, mHealth will become an essential part of eHealth and they will both come hand in hand. This represents a unique opportunity to learn about the latest advances in health IT and how mHealth fits into the bigger picture.

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Digital Rights Europe 2015

Digital Rights Europe 2015

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Digital Rights Europe 2015 Speakers

Brian Honan – “Organisational Security”

In an ever increasingly connected world we entrust our private information to the companies that we deal with, both online and offline. Yet, the newspaper headlines regularly highlight security breaches where this information is being exposed and compromised. In this talk Brian will highlight the main issues behind some of the recent high profile attacks and what companies and organisations should be doing better in order to better protect the personal data that we entrust to them.

Elizabeth Fitzgerald – “Ethics & Technology in Law Practice”

These days, practising law without using technology is almost impossible. Do lawyers have a professional duty to keep their IT competence up to date? How do lawyers ensure they are not inadvertently breaching client confidentiality?

Elizabeth Knight – “UK Digital Surveillance and Human Rights”

The Snowden disclosures revealed the vast extent of the UK intelligence agencies’ surveillance activities. They also demonstrated that the UK’s legislative framework and oversight system are inadequate. This talk will outline how the UK’s current activities violate the right to privacy and the reforms that could rectify the problem.

Fergal Crehan – “Ireland as a Digital Privacy Powerhouse”

Ireland, as European home to Google, Facebook, Twitter and others, has a “data population” far in excess of its relatively small physical population. No matter where you may happen to live, your social media accounts – and therefore your personal data – live in Dublin. As a result, the privacy rights of millions of people fall to be guaranteed under Irish law.

Joseph Dalby – “Eyes-in-the-sky: Drones, Data and Privacy”

Technological advances in unmanned aircraft for recreational and commercial use, coupled with the availability of smaller and higher definition video cameras, heralds a huge increase in the ability to document real-world personal lives and commercial activities, not seen since the advent of CCTV. These “eyes in the sky” have the potential to give even the most casual snooper the ability to be far more discerning in his target, and far more revealing in his output; all broadcast online.

Linda Scales – “The Database Right: Under the Radar of Reform”

The so-called sui generis database right was introduced in Europe in 1996. It was intended that it would be a model right, to be harmonised at international level by a treaty. This has never happened however, and so it remains, somewhat marooned, as a uniquely European right. The presentation will review the database cases and will show, against the background of the copyright reform agenda in Europe, why it is odd that the database right has remained below the radar.

Simon McGarr – “Leveraging Litigation in Pursuit of Digital Rights”

Digital Rights are really the extension of long standing human rights applied into the digital sphere, far from the political mainstream. And, as has historically been the case, the guardians of digital human rights are the Courts. But, in order to give a court an opportunity to decide on where the protections of digital rights should start and end, they must be given a case to decide.

TJ McIntyre – “Internet Filtering and Blocking”

Over the last decade, internet blocking has gone from being an abstract risk to an established reality in most European countries. Blocking of websites at the behest of the copyright industry is the best known example, but it is increasingly being matched by demands for blocking of more categories (such as pro-anorexia and “extremist” websites) whether or not that material is legal.

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Cebit 2015

CeBIT 2015 Germany

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The sweeping digital Transformation of Life

In the 19th century it was weaving looms and steam engines that drove the industrial revolution – and brought about the transition from an agrarian to an industrial society. Today, more than 200 years later, we are experiencing another rapid transformation, and one which has already swept across the worlds of business and society at large. We are experiencing a digital transformation in which IT is serving as a major driver of innovation.

Under the featured “d!conomy” theme, CeBIT 2015 is addressing the ubiquitous digitization that is ever more strongly shaping our workaday and personal lives: Big Data, cloud computing, mobile access and social and security issues are increasingly interrelated and having major impact on business and society. Most recently it is the Internet of Things and all-encompassing networking that are strongly driving the development of business models, manufacturing processes and products – in every economic sector.

What are the possibilities to participate in CeBIT 2015?

CeBIT offers a large variety of participation opportunities. Find out which one fits your needs best:


Would you like to generate business leads? Prepare your visit in advance to create it as efficient as possible. Our exhibitor and product search will support you during the planning phase and provides you with useful information about each exhibitor. Do you need more information? Take advantage of our Match & Meet for targeted international lead generation.

Conference Participant

Are you interested in participating in high quality conferences and lectures to network with the experts of the IT sector? Learn more about highlights, trend themes and innovations of the sector. Visit the CeBIT Global Conferences to experience the most exciting lectures of the opinion leaders.

Guided Tour Attendee

Coming to CeBIT and interested in getting a good overview of the exhibition in the shortest time possible?

Keen to learn more about a key issue that is currently shaping the IT world?

Then our Guided Tours are perfect for you. Each tour focuses on a topical IT theme and will take you to the exhibition stands of selected companies whose offering is relevant to that theme. Your benefits: You don’t have to waste time trying to navigate the huge CeBIT exhibition offering, plus you get to meet the relevant people right away, without having to pre-arrange appointments or wait in line.


Be part of the successful concept behind CeBIT and share that success by spreading the word to your business friends and contacts within your network. Boost your own invitation campaign with our support using a broad range of activities – from complimentary admission tickets to personalized correspondence and advertising material aimed at trade visitors.

 Carreer & Start-ups

Under the motto d!conomy, the job and career area at CeBIToffers IT specialists and other professionals willing to switch pathways the perfect chance to learn about career opportunities created by the digital transformation, and to talk face-to-face with recruiting staff.

With Scale11 , CeBIT 2015 provides start-ups with the perfect platform to make contact with investors and established companies and present themselves to potential customers and employees. CeBIT has always been the world’s most important stage for innovative business models. Last year more than 300 start-ups were on display in the various exhibition halls. Now Hall 11 will be the new start-up eco-center, alongside the code_n enterprise contest.


CeBIT can help you reach key business partners and tap into new markets. It’s a not-to-be-missed opportunity to impress a choice international audience with your products and/or services.


Once again, the CeBIT Global Conferences offer three innovative stage formats and loads of options for interested speakers. We look forward to receiving your topic proposals, ideas and speaker suggestions.

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Why Visit

There are many good reasons to visit Europe’s biggest, best attended and multi award winning cloud event…

  • Discover what is behind the hype surrounding the cloud and how to harness the power of the cloud for your business or organisation
  • Be inspired by the 300 world-class speakers in a multi-stream seminar programme, all completely free of charge
  • Benefit from Cloud Expo Europe’s expanded c-located events, introducing Cloud Service Provider (CSP) Europe, Big Data Expo Europe and most recently Data Centre World
  • Learn first-hand from dozens of case studies including major blue-chips, the public sector, as well as dynamic SMEs
  • Gain the latest thinking from the most definitive gathering of cloud thought leaders, visionaries and practitioners in Europe
  • Get practical “how to” advice from 200 leading international suppliers
  • Source the leading cloud technologies and services in our major exhibition
  • Determine how you can revolutionise your business securely, save money and improve efficiency
  • Find new relationships, partnerships, investment opportunities and business models
  • Network with your peers and industry leaders

Who Should Attend

IT Professionals from enterprise, public sector, SMBs and service providers making both cloud investment and strategy decisions and developing and executing specific technology projects:

  • CIOs/COOs/CTOs/CFO’s/IT Directors
  • IT Management
  • IT Architects
  • Line of Business Managers & Directors
  • Security Professionals
  • Data Centre Managers
  • Network Professionals
  • Service Provider technical and business managers
  • CTOs
  • Channel & Partner Managers
  • Business Development Managers
  • Analysts
  • Infrastructure Teams from Cloud Service Providers
  • Telecommunications
  • ISPs IT Channel and Industry serving the cloud community
  • ISVs
  • Business and Technology leaders






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