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Information Society Newsroom Update Weekly - 17/06/2011

Weekly Issue - 17 June 2011

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Digital Agenda: "Best children's online content" competition winners

(17 June 2011) Neelie Kroes, European Commission Vice-President for the Digital Agenda has presented awards to the creators of the best online content, intelligent games, interactive online magazines or websites aimed at under 12 year olds. The Commission, together with Safer Internet Centres from 14 countries, received 780 projects in response to the "Best children's online content" competition, designed to encourage the creation of quality content and to highlight the existing potential for kids online. This first competition was open to young people and adults, NGOs, public and commercial organisations. Three winners in each of the two categories (young people and adults) received the awards. Winners came from Belgium, Germany, The Netherlands and Poland.

Fast progress needed to ensure sufficient spectrum allocation in the EU - joint statement

(17 June 2011) Representatives of the Hungarian and Polish Presidencies of the EU's Council of Ministers, the European Commission and European Parliament, meeting in Brussels on 17 June, have agreed on talks to reach an agreement by the end of this year on an EU strategy for management of Europe's radio spectrum, one of the most important legislative proposals of the Digital Agenda for Europe.

Digital Agenda : awards for creative reuse of open data

(16 June 2011) European Commission Vice-President Neelie Kroes awarded prizes to the winners of the Open Data Challenge and Hack4Europe! competitions at the Digital Agenda Assembly being held in Brussels on 16th and 17th June 2011. Companies, designers, programmers, developers, journalists, researchers and the general public from across Europe participated in the two open data competitions, trying out their ideas for creative reuse of information held by the public sector and open cultural data. European public bodies produce thousands of datasets every year - from how our tax money is spent to the quality of the air we breathe. This data can be reused in products such as car navigation systems, weather forecasts, and travel information apps.

Data Protection: Europeans share data online, but privacy concerns remain - new survey

(16 June 2011) Three out of four Europeans accept that revealing personal data is part of everyday life, but they are also worried about how companies - including search engines and social networks - use their information. These are the main conclusions of a new Eurobarometer survey on attitudes towards data protection and electronic identity, released by the European Commission today. The report reveals that 62% of people in the European Union give the minimum required information so as to protect their identity, while 75% want to be able to delete personal information online whenever they want to - the so-called right to be forgotten. There is also strong support for EU action: 90% want to have the same data protection rights across Europe.

Commission awards SMEs for their efforts to attract investment

(16 June 2011) Today Vice-President Commissioner Kroes awards prizes to the winning SMEs of the Finance MarketPlace Venture Academy and Investment Forum at the Digital Agenda Assembly. 24 SMEs have been selected to develop investment readiness and pitch to investors. The ICT sector is by far the largest investment sector for Venture Capital. Developing investment (or VC) culture and facilitating interactions between entrepreneurs and investors is essential. Making sure that highly innovative small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) can have access to a more level playing field for (online) markets is a key element of the Digital Agenda for Europe.


1st International Conference on Quantum Technologies

13 July 2011 - 17 July 2011 Moscow, Russian Federation

This conference is planned as a kick-off meeting for the newly established Russian Quantum Center (RQC). This first RQC conference will bring together interdisciplinary experts from various fields exploring frontiers of quantum technologies and will include sessions on mesoscopic physics, quantum optics, ultra-cold atoms and molecules, quantum information and quantum communication.

New in the Library

Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for the Digital Agenda
State of the Digital Union

Digital Assembly, Brussels, 16 June 2011

Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for the Digital Agenda
Spectrum must be backbone of internet revolution, not the bottleneck

6th Annual European Spectrum Management Conference, Brussels, 14th June 2011

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