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In January, EUACM attended Science|Business policy event on Defence R&D and FP9 working group meeting. Both meetings focused on the European Commission policy developments on the subjects. In February, EUACM will be attending Scientific Advisory Mechanism (SAM)'s Cybersecurity Stakeholders' Meeting. The ACM Europe Council is also preparing a cybersecurity technical track for the ACM Europe conference, which will take place in Barcelona on 7 September 2017.
EUROPEAN POLICY NEWS
Privacy and Security
Stronger Privacy Rules for Electronic Communication
On 10 January, the European Commission proposed a new Regulation on Privacy and Electronic Communications, as the current ePrivacy rules only cover the traditional telecom providers. The new regulation will accord to the instructions set out in General Data Protection Regulation that will enter into force in May 2018. The new regulation should guarantee the privacy of both content and metadata derived from electronic communications. In addition, the new regulation should set simpler rules for cookies and protect better against spam. The overall purpose of the regulation is to "increase the protection of people's private life and open up new opportunities for business".
European Data Economy
On 10 January, European Commission published their policy on the future of EU's data economy, as a part of the Digital Single Market strategy. Andrus Ansip, Vice-President for the Digital Single Market has stated that "if we want our data economy to produce growth and jobs, data needs to be used. But to be used, it also needs to be available and analysed". Therefore, the Commission is calling for all interested Member States to explore topics related to issues in real-life cross-borders situation, such as connected cars. The EC would like to use the projects that are ongoing in Member States and test the regulatory implications of accessing the data and its liability. They are intending to achieve the free movement of data by addressing current barriers of unjustified restrictions and legal uncertainties. Commission underlines that all the initiatives and the use of data will be protected by the General Data Protection regulation adopted last year and by the new proposal on ePrivacy rules, mentioned above. Commission has also launched a public consultation to understand better the implications of free movement of data.
European Governments and Cybersecurity
This January many Member State governments have expressed concerns over their cybersecurity in the light of upcoming elections. Dutch, German, Swedish and French governments are working on improving their security measures to prevent cyberattacks. For example, Hans-Georg Maaßen, the head of the domestic intelligence service of the Federal Republic of Germany, has expressed that Germany should increase their counterstrike capability against states that launch attacks against them.
On 18 January, the European Commission launched a public consultation that pursues to evaluate the performance of ENISA (European Union Agency for Network and Information Security). The current mandate of ENISA will expire in 2020. ENISA's current task is to contribute "to the enhancement of the overall level of cybersecurity of the EU and its Member States". Andrus Ansip, Vice-President for Digital Single Market, said that the review would help us better to address "the main security concerns of the digital community in a time when global cyber-attacks are increasing in volume, and becoming more sophisticated".
High Level Group for H2020 and New Members at ERC
On 20 January, the Commission announced the names of the High Level Group who will advise the EC on "how to strengthen support for breakthrough, market-creating innovation in Horizon 2020 and future research and innovation programmes".
In addition to this, on 13 January, Commission appointed four scientists, for four-year terms, to the governing body of the European Research Council (ERC). The council is an independent body that decides the strategy and distribution of ERC funding.
Upcoming Events in February and March
Mobile World Congress: is the world's largest gathering for the mobile industry, organised by the GSMA and held in the Mobile World Capital 27 February - 2 March, Barcelona
SRA Policy Forum: Risk Governance for Key Enabling Technologies: The SRA Forum will provide discussion of current initiatives that
are centered on refining the risk governance of emerging technologies through the integration of traditional risk analytic tools alongside considerations of social and economic concerns.
1-3 March, Venice
EHTEL 2017 Symposium on digital health, transformation enablers, skills and collaboration: Perspectives from patients and professionals on "Digital first" will inspire discussions around digital innovations and the transformation of care. 15-16 March, Brussels
Sharing and Reuse Conference 2017: The focus of the event is to discuss and share good practices related to the sharing and reuse of IT solutions. 29 March, Lisbon
CALLS AND CONSULTATIONS
Consultation for the review of the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA). Open until 12 April
Public consultation on Building the European data economy. Open until 26 April
Public Stakeholder Consultation—Evaluation of Public-Public Partnerships (Art.185 initiatives) in the context of the Horizon 2020. Open until 30 April
COMPET-1-2017: Technologies for European non-dependence and competitiveness Open until 1 March
COMPET-7-2017: Technology transfer and business generators Open until 1 March
EO-2-2017: EO Big Data Shift Open until 3 March
DS-06-2017: Cryptography Open until 25 April
EINFRA-12-2017: Data and Distributed Computing e-infrastructures for Open Science Open until 29 March
ICT-16-2017: Big data PPP: research addressing main technology challenges of the data economy Open until 25 April
ICT-20-2017: Tools for smart digital content in the creative industries Open until 25 April
IoT-03-2017: R&I on IoT integration and platforms Open until 25 April
ICT-23-2017: Interfaces for accessibility Open until 25 April
DS-07-2017: Cybersecurity PPP: Addressing Advanced Cyber Security Threats and Threat Actors Opening date: 1 March
DS-08-2017: Cybersecurity PPP: Privacy, Data Protection, Digital Identities Opening date: 1 March
CIP-01-2016-2017: Prevention, detection, response and mitigation of the combination of physical and cyber threats to the critical infrastructure of Europe Opening date: 1 March
FETHPC-02-2017: Transition to Exascale Computing Opening date: 12 April