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Information Society Newsroom Update Weekly - 12/02/2011

Weekly Issue - 12 February 2011

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Commission calls on Member States to increase awareness of Europe's single emergency number"112"

(11 February 2011) To mark "European 112 Day" on 11th February, the European Commission is urging Member States to step up their efforts to increase public awareness of the existence of 112, the number which can be used in all EU Member States to reach emergency services. An EU-wide survey released today shows around three out of four EU citizens still do not know this life-saving number. However, EU telecoms rules require Member States to make their citizens aware of the 112 number. To increase the protection of EU citizens, Member States are further required to improve the accuracy and reliability of caller location information under the new EU telecoms rules, which must be implemented into national law by 25 May this year.

See also: 112 - Europe's single emergency number: frequently asked questions

EU research and innovation funding: Commission consults on radical changes to create more growth and jobs

(9 February 2011) The European Commission today launches a consultation on major improvements to EU research and innovation funding to make participation easier, increase scientific and economic impact and improve value for money. The proposed "Common Strategic Framework", set out in a Green Paper, would cover the current Framework Programme for Research (FP7), the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). This will create a coherent set of instruments, along the whole "innovation chain" starting from basic research, culminating in bringing innovative products and services to market, and also supporting non-technological innovation, for example in design and marketing. The Commission's Green Paper also provides the basis for far-reaching simplification of procedures and rules. The changes aim to maximise the contribution of EU research and innovation funding to the Innovation Union and the Europe 2020 Strategy. Stakeholders have until 20 May 2011 to respond.

See also: The consultation on the Green Paper by the Commission

Digital Agenda: Commission to step up efforts to safeguard children online

(8 February 2011) On the occasion of Safer Internet Day 2011, the European Commission today announced that it will step up talks with ICT industry and children's organisations to encourage the design of safer products to help keep children safe online. Moreover, the Commission will shortly review the 2006 Recommendation on minors and how to protect them in audiovisual media and Internet and on the 2008 Communication on the protection of youngsters from harmful content in video games. Children are going online from a younger age and not just from computers, but also games consoles and mobile phones. More than 82 % of 15-16 year olds in Europe have a social networking profile, as well as 26 % of 9-10 year olds. Safer Internet Day is being marked today in more than 65 countries around the world under the slogan "Internet is more than a game, it's your life!". This is supported by the EU's Safer Internet Programme, which helps parents and their children to be safe online. Children's safety online is an important part of the Digital Agenda for Europe.

Manufacturers deliver the common mobile phone charger

(8 February 2011) Have you ever been annoyed for not being able to borrow a friend's or a colleague's mobile phone charger because it wasn't compatible with your phone? This era is coming to an end. A common charger compatible with mobile phones of all brands is the simple idea that the Commission has been pushing for many years. Thanks to the cooperation between fourteen companies and the European Commission the solution is there: onechargerforall.eu. New technical standards for data-enabled mobile phones were published on 29 December 2010. Today, Vice President Antonio Tajani receives a sample of a compatible common charger from Bridget Cosgrave, Director-General of DIGITALEUROPE, the largest Association of European digital technology industry.

See also: A common mobile phone charger - Questions and Answers

Nearly one third of internet users in the EU27 caught a computer virus - 84% of internet users use IT security software for protection

(7 February 2011) In connection with the Safer Internet Day on 8 February 2011, Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, presents a selection of statistics concerning internet security. The Safer Internet Day is part of a global drive to promote a safer Internet for all users, in particular children and young people, and is organised by INSAFE, a European internet safety network co-funded by the European Commission.

e-Government: Information day on the 5th Call for Proposals ICT PSP CIP Theme 4

18 March 2011 Brussels, Belgium

This Information day will offer participants the opportunity to share ideas and network with potential partners on the objectives related to the theme "ICT for innovative government and public services": Towards a cloud of public services; Towards a single European electronic Identification and authentication area; Piloting IPv6 upgrade for eGovernment services in Europe. Registration is compulsory and will close on 15/03/2011. Please note that attendance is limited to 100 participants. Seats will be given on a first-come, first-serve basis.

DRT4ALL 2011 - International Congress on Design, Research Networks, and Technology for all

27 June 2011 - 29 June 2011 Madrid

This event is a scientific conference that will showcase how the latest advances in ICT can provide an independent life and improve social integration for the elderly and people with disabilities. The conference topics are : Technologies and Information & Communication Access Services, Human-computer interaction, Assistive Technologies, Telecare, Digital Homes and Ambient Assisting living, Applied robotics for personal autonomy and Transport for all. The call for papers closes on 4 April 2011.


Augmented Human International Conference 2011 - Call for papers

12 March 2011 - 14 March 2011 Tokyo, Japan

The Augmented Human (AH) International conference will take place in Tokyo. A call for papers has been launched (Deadline for submission : 23 December). The AH conference focuses on scientific contributions towards augmenting human capabilities through technology for increased well-being and quality of life.

New in the Library

Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for the Digital Agenda
The right regulatory environment for rolling out Next Generation Networks

Fibre to the Home Council Europe Conference, Milan, 10 February 2011

Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for Digital Agenda
Safer Internet Day 2011: protecting children online

Child Focus, Safer Internet Centre in Belgium, Safer Internet Day, 8 February, 2011

Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for the Digital Agenda
Ending fragmentation of the Digital Single Market

Business For New Europe event, London, 7 February 2011

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