The ACM Europe Policy Committee (EUACM) is one of the standing committees of the ACM European Council, dedicated to engage with the European Commission and Member States' governmental bodies, informatics and computer science communities. Its aim is to become a source of expert advice on computer science and informatics matters, representing the entire computer science professional community.
EUACM distributes monthly newsletters to all ACM members in Europe in order to inform them about the relevant policy issues and developments, as well as providing an overview of past and future EUACM meetings and activities.
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EUACM at the last ACM Europe Council Meeting
The last ACM Europe Council meeting took place from 2 to 3 March in Munich. EUACM had a first face to face meeting there with most of the current members present. Among the issues discussed, the need for making the ACM policy activity in Europe better known and visible was outlined. The possibility of starting a press campaign was also discussed, in analogy with the collaboration between the American ACM policy committee and the Huffington Post newspaper. The publication of the EUACM white paper has been a first success as reported later in this newsletter. This has given EUACM the opportunity for a first close collaboration with the policy activities of the European Commission. This activity was facilitated by the partnership with Science|Business, which helps to increase EUACM visibility in Brussels. To expand the domain of competence of EUACM it was decided to invite external members to contribute on specific subjects (two volunteers have already been identified). Preparation for a joint USACM-EUACM event in Barcelona during the ACM Europe conference on 7-8 September 2017 has started. Further discussion took place at the USACM annual council meeting in Washington DC on March 30-31 which the chair of EUACM attended.
Professor Joseph Sifakis' Lecture
On Thursday 16 March 2017, ACM Turing Laureate Prof. Joseph Sifakis gave a lecture titled "On the nature of Computing" as part of the FIB (Faculty of Computer Science of Barcelona) 40th anniversary program. Prof Sifakis started the presentation with a brief explanation of the Evolution of Computing. The lecturer identified the lack of recognition of Computing Science as an independent discipline of its own value as one of the current problems in the field.
The presentation can be accessed on the following link: https://goo.gl/uT5xo4.
EUACM at the USACM Council meeting
On March 30 and 31, the EUACM Chair attended the USACM Council Meeting in Washington DC. EUACM representative had the opportunity to provide an update on the activities of the ACM European Policy Committee. It also provided the opportunity to discuss further EUACM-USACM collaboration, for instance, as regards the review of the ACM Code of Ethics or on a White Paper on the societal and ethical implications of the cyber society.
EUROPEAN POLICY NEWS
Research and Innovation
2nd Scientific Opinion of the SAM High Level Group
On 24 March, the High Level Group of Scientific Advisors submitted to the European Commission the Group's 2nd Scientific Opinion on Cybersecurity in the Digital Single Market, following the request of Andrus Ansip, the European Commission Vice-President for Digital Single Market, in January 2016.
In this Opinion, the Group made a number of recommendations for policy actions to make it easier and safer for people and businesses to operate online in the EU. The Opinion draws upon a comprehensive review of literature, and in particular scientific reports, and wide-ranging consultations with scientific experts. Feedback from policy, industry and civil society stakeholders was also taken into account. The EUACM Cybersecurity Policy White Paper was used as a reference.
The document is available here.
Digital Economy & Society
ENISA wins award for Excellence in Innovation
On 30 March, the EU's Agency for cyber security, ENISA, received the EU Ombudsman Award for Good Administration for Excellence in Innovation. The Agency's project was focused on Redefining European cyber cooperation and aims to highlight efforts and share best practice within the wider administration of Member States, recognising the contribution of staff at an individual and team level.
The award reflects the collaboration across all the Member States in their efforts to respond against cyber threats, and is as much theirs to pride. We urge all partners to continue their commitment and hard work together in ensuring cyber excellence, awareness and security across the EU.
The Press Release can be found here.
European Parliament report on E-Democracy
On 15 March, the Members of the European Parliament voted and adopted a report stressing that new information technologies offer great opportunities to involve people more in the democratic process. Referring to Estonia's example, the report states that for a successful implementation of e-voting in other countries, it will be necessary to assess whether the participation of the whole population can be guaranteed. The report also states that high-speed internet connections and secure electronic identity infrastructure are vital to make e-voting a success. In addition, the report defines some important key terms as E-democracy or E-governance.
The Press Release can be found here.
EU-Japan: Advancing cooperation on the Data Economy
On 23 March, Vice-President Ansip and EU-Japan representatives met in Hannover in view of advancing cooperation on the data economy. After recalling the results of the 2016 G7 ICT Ministers' meeting and of the G7 Ise-Shima Summit in Japan, they expressed their readiness to enhance cooperation on the data economy on the following four points: Promoting high standards of data protection and facilitating free flow of data; Promoting industrial cooperation involving small and medium-sized enterprises; Strengthening the dialogue on the challenges of the data economy to promote mutual learning, and jointly improving tools to measure impacts of the data economy.
The Joint EU-Japan press statement can be found here.
EC paper: Advancing Europe's digital future
On 3 March, the European Commission published a paper named "Advancing Europe's Digital Future: Digital Headlines" with key messages for EU leaders and decision-makers. The paper urged European leaders to endorse all the Commission's proposed measures to make the Digital Single Market a reality as of 2018. The paper highlighted the necessary measures that Europe should take if it wants to succeed. In May 2017, the Commission will present the mid-term review of the Digital Single Market to assess where the EU stand so far and present ideas for the future.
The brochure of the paper can be accessed here.
Digital Day: High-performance computing power
On 23 March, during the Digital Day celebrated in Rome, Ministers from seven European countries (France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal and Spain) signed a declaration to support the next generation of computing and data infrastructures, a European project of the size of Airbus in the 1990s and of Galileo in the 2000s. The EU Member States which signed the EuroHPC declaration to work towards the establishment of a multi-government cooperation framework for acquiring and deploying an integrated supercomputing infrastructure for the exascale computing generation. Other Member States were encouraged to join in the future to work together and with the European Commission in this initiative.
Source and more information here. The EuroHPC declaration is accessible here.
Digital Day: Roundtable meeting on cybersecurity in energy
On 24 March, a high-level roundtable on the "Main Challenges for Cybersecurity in the Energy System" took place in Rome as part of the Digital Day. EC DGs, representatives from EU governments, academia and industry discussed the challenges faced by the energy sector in cyber security and the key elements of a European cyber security strategy. The importance of information technology suppliers and the balance between cyber security, data protection and economic growth were some of the important key conclusions outlined by the speakers.
Source and more information here.
Upcoming Events in April, May and June
ICEIS'17: 19th International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems: The purpose is to bring together researchers, engineers and practitioners interested in the advances and business applications of information systems. 26-29 April, Porto
Cloud and High Performance Computing in Biomedicine: This meeting is intended to provide a forum for users from academia, industry and healthcare sectors to meet with open source software developers alongside independent software and hardware vendors, in order to determine what the best selection of capabilities is to meet their own needs. 27 April, London
GISTAM'17: 3rd International Conference on Geographical Information Systems Theory, Applications and Management: This Conference at creating a meeting point of researchers and practitioners that address new challenges in geo-spatial data sensing, observation, representation, processing, visualization, sharing and managing, in all aspects concerning both information communication and technologies (ICT) as well as management information systems and knowledge-based systems. 27-28 April, Porto
ENASE'17: 12th International Conference on Evaluation of Novel Approaches to Software Engineering: The conference acknowledges evolution in systems and software thinking due to contemporary shifts of computing paradigm to e-services, cloud computing, mobile connectivity, business processes, and societal participation. 28-29 April, Porto
ICT4AWE '17: 3rd International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Ageing Well and e-Health: This Conference aims to be a meeting point for those that study and apply information and communication technologies for improving the quality of life of the elderly and for helping people stay healthy, independent and active at work or in their community along their whole life. 28-29 April, Porto
INDIGO Summit 2017: This Summit will be centered on exploring the solutions provided by the INDIGO software, applying them to concrete use cases brought forward by scientific communities and resource providers. Demos, training and hands-on implementation sessions will also be included in the programme. 9-12 May, Catania
ACM International Conference on Computing Frontiers 2017: Computing Frontiers is an eclectic, collaborative community of researchers who investigate emerging technologies in the broad field of computing: our common goal is to drive the scientific breakthroughs that transform society. 15-17 May, Siena
European High Performance Computing Summit Week 2017: The second edition of the European HPC Summit Week will focus on High Performance Computing (HPC) initiatives in Europe such as PRACE, EUDAT, EXDCI, ESIWACE and many more. The objective is to allow participants to find synergies among all stakeholders of the HPC ecosystem. 15-19 May, Barcelona
Internet of Things for Active and Assisted Living: This workshop, organised within the Global Internet of Things (IoT) Summit 2017, will investigate the close relationship between IoT and Active and Assisted Living, from a data-oriented perspective and at different layers. 6-9 June, Geneva
ETSI Security Week 2017: event will address key cybersecurity standardization challenges in the short, medium and longer term. The event will look at the different aspects of cybersecurity underpinning our digital world. 12-16 June, Sophia Antipolis
Digital Assembly 2017: It is an opportunity for stakeholders to debate, take stock and look ahead at how Europe and how its partners around the world are preparing for this digital transformation. It will also be an opportunity to have a dialogue on the benefits of the Digital Union for citizens with a special focus on our younger generations. 15-16 June, Valletta, Malta
Science|Business - New world order: Science, technology & trade: The annual Science|Business Network conference will focus on how international relations in science, technology and trade could be transformed—and how these changes will, in turn, affect the EU's next flagship R&D effort, Framework Programme 9. 27 June, Brussels
CALLS AND CONSULTATIONS
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
Public Consultation on the Review of the Significant Market Power (SMP) Guidelines. Open until 26 June
DS-06-2017: Cryptography. Open until 25 April
ICT-05-2017: Customised and low energy computing (including Low power processor technologies). Open until 25 April
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
ECSEL-2017-1: ECSEL-IA ECSEL Innovation Action. Open until: 11 May
ECSEL-2017-2: ECSEL-RIA ECSEL Research and Innovation Action. Open until: 11 May
DS-07-2017: Cybersecurity PPP: Addressing Advanced Cyber Security Threats and Threat Actors. Open until: 11 May
DS-08-2017: Cybersecurity PPP: Privacy, Data Protection, Digital Identities Open until: 11 May
FETHPC-02-2017: Transition to Exascale Computing. Opening date: 12 April
FETHPC-03-2017: Exascale HPC ecosystem development. Opening date: 12 April