News on the Digital Agenda
| February 2015
On the 24th of February, nearly 500 stakeholders attended
the conference #Digital4EU, organized by the EU Commission. The aim of the
conference was to gather views of stakeholders on four key issues in
preparation of the new Commission’s work programme. These four topics were:
Market 2.0. Going digital –
general consideration of the digital single market, its shortcomings and how to
solve them to ensure that users can benefit from opportunities across all 28
An empowered, protected consumer –
A look at whether consumers are protected enough online as opposed to
offline and whether existing legislation is adapted to the online world. The
topics discussed included consumer protection, data privacy and e-commerce.
Copyright fit for the digital age –
With major advances in ways contents is both consumed and created,
especially online, we need to rethink the concept of copyright so as to adapt
it to "user generated content” and new business models for content
Smart Industry –
Revolutions such as 3D printing or collaboration via digital
technologies have already and will continue to transform radically
manufacturing and related services.
The impact of
such transformations and the challenges in terms of policy making were
addressed in this panel.
Andrus Ansip and Günther H.
Oettinger both have underlined key priorities for the next Commission:
Commissioner Ansip mentioned the importance of data protection rules,
rules for online purchases including the idea of a digital contract law for
shopping online, ending roaming and limited streaming (intra-EU geoblocking)
and portability of data across online platforms.
Commissioner Oettinger insisted on the revolutionary potential of key
technologies such as 3D printing, the importance to harness the potential of
data analysis for the EU economy and EU businesses on the basis of high EU data
protection standards with which all stakeholders including foreign companies
would have to comply, the necessity to invest in digital skills and the need to
review copyright legislation.
COFACE addressed a question to Commissioner Ansip, asking him to clarify
the intent behind the portability of data across online platforms.
portability is very important for internet users. Very often, users are locked
up using a service such as a social network or a file sharing platform because
of the difficulty to transfer their data. Can you explicit what you intend to
do regarding data portability?
Commissioner Ansip: Data portability is a very important issue and we need to address the
locking of data. Today, if people put their data on the cloud, they cannot move
that data easily to another cloud. […] If we have data portability across the
EU, we will also have a boost in interoperability and get closer to the
realization of the Single Market.
For more information on the conference, check the
official website here
COFACE’s activities in the field of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) focus on:
- Bridging the digital divide. All families must be in a position to reap the benefit new information technologies, without facing new risks of social exclusion.
- Promoting the role of new information technologies as enabler for more social inclusion, including through the development of online social services for families.
- Preventing risks faced by family members, and in particular children, when using new information technologies.
e-Inclusion of Families
Families are primarily concerned by the digital divide. For most Europeans the family household is the place where they acquire their Internet skills in the daily life. As consumers, families are also a driving force in the growth of the information society. However families with low income are less connected to the Internet than the average. For these families who do not use a computer and the Internet, this means lagging behind the rest of the society when it comes to supporting their children in their education, to communicating, and to benefiting from a professional, social and cultural tool.
In battling the cross-generational exclusion in general, the family approach in digital divide is essential. Children from vulnerable families are also facing more risks on the Internet as a consequence of their parents’ lack of digital competences.
Generally speaking, families need to be empowered with IT skills to better ensure their children safety online; otherwise some parents are tempted to discard Internet access at home, which leads to exclusion. At the same time, vulnerable families and children (including single parents, large families and violent families) are a target group for inclusion through ICT policies, such as inclusive eGovernment.
Families are therefore key stakeholders for the expansion of an inclusive information society. The family dimension is crucial both in policies promoting the use of ICT to overcome exclusion and in policies aiming at reducing gaps in ICT usage.
Published on 13 Sep 2011
Updated on 09 Mar 2015