ACM-Europe Policy News

November 2016


In November EUACM was present at the EUBrasilCloudFORUM open workshop event in Brussels, where Dr. Gagliardi represented EUACM at a panel about "Multi-cloud, big data and services for industry 4.0". EUACM was also present at SC16 in Salt Lake City and held various meetings with representatives from the European Commission. In addition, Andrew McGettrick has been representing EUACM as ACM's Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct review.


Privacy and Security

European Commission is setting up a Financial Technology Task Force (FTTF)

On November 14 Roberto Viola, Director General of DG CONNECT, announced in its blog that the European Commission is setting up a Financial Technology Task Force (FTTF). The aim of the task force is to help FinTech innovation to reach its full potential and to ensure financial stability of the institutions. The commission is on a view point that the technological progress will be able to create beneficial opportunities for existing financial institutions only if the potential risks are carefully managed. The FTTF should connect with other commission services related to DSM, financial regulation, competition and consumer protection policy. In addition, the group will be looking for outside experts' advice in order to formulate policy orientated recommendations during the course of 2017.

Scientific Advice Mechanism's 1st workshop on Cybersecurity

On October 25-26 Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM) organized its first workshop on cybersecurity with the aim of defining key issues around the topic and gathering scientific evidence. The main topics under discussion were the following: i. understanding digital identities through a multidisciplinary approach; ii. the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats of digital identities; iii. privacy and security; iv. security and trust in the digital world. SAM is planning a second workshop on the same topic in February 2017. The high level group is expected to publish their final advice to policy makers in March 2017.

European Commission was subject of a large scale DDoS cyberattack

According to Politico, on November 24 European Commission services were victims of a large scale DDoS cyberattack, which disabled commission internet access for hours. According to the news article a Commission spokesperson told to Politico that no data breached occurred. So far the Commission has not officially published a news release about the incident and the origin and identity of the hackers is unknown to the public.

Horizon 2020

EU4Innovation Initiative

The European Commission and the Eastern Partnership Countries have launched a new initiativethat will aim to increase mutual cooperation on innovation. According to the Commission the new initiative "will combine all EU activities that support the development of Eastern Partnership countries (EaP) innovation capacities, notably those funded under the Horizon 2020 programme and the European Neighbourhood Instrument."

Interim review of Horizon 2020 - vision for future EU research and innovation

Commission has announced the names of 12 independent experts forming the High Level Group (HLG) who will carry out by the end of 2017 an evaluation about the effectiveness and efficiency of the Horizon 2020. The HLG will be chaired by Pascal Lamy, President Emeritus of the Jacques Delors Institute.


EU Digital Rights Charter

On November 30 three German newspapers published a draft Charter of Digital Fundamental Rights of the European Union, an initiative that has been enrolled over 14 months and was developed by 27 known German citizens with the support of German newspaper Die Zeit. The draft is based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; the European Convention on Human Rights; the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union and the fundamental rights and data protection standards of the European Union and its Member States. The document has now been sent to the European Parliament for further discussion. The aim is to stimulate a debate on the digital rights of all citizens of Europe.


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