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ICT standards for the Digital Single Market

How can standardisation support the implementation of the Digital Single Market strategy?


Tuesday 30 June 2015, 17:30 - 19:30
Silken Berlaymont (Boulevard Charlemagne 11, 1000 Brussels)

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Speakers will include :
  • Luis Romero, Director General of the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) ;
  • Daniel Dardailler, Director of International Relations at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) ;
  • Speaker from a European government (requested) ;
  • Dr. Jochen Friedrich, Technical Relations Executive for IBM Europe.

The Digital Single Market (DSM) Strategy clearly outlines the importance of standardisation for achieving the objectives of an agile future digital economy for promoting growth and innovation for Europe: “Standardisation has an essential role to play in increasing interoperability of new technologies within the Digital Single Market. It can help steer the development of new technologies ”. Possibly controversially, the DSM Communication suggests that “currently industry stakeholders decide 'bottom up' in which areas to develop standards and this is increasingly taking place outside of Europe, undermining our long-term competitiveness”. Is this the right approach?

This Round Table will explore the various routes how standardisation can effectively contribute to the implementation of the DSM strategy and how public authorities can make use of standards in support of the respective policy priorities. How can Europe maximise its opportunity for innovation in a global market? The Round Table aims at providing some deep insights from which further concrete recommendations for action can be developed.

Discussions will be moderated by Graham Taylor, CEO of OpenForum Europe. The event will be followed by a coktail reception.

Please register here by Friday noon, 26th of June.
About OpenForum Academy

Openforum Academy is a think tank with a  broad aim to examine the paradigm shift towards openness in computing  that is currently underway, and to explore how this trend is changing  the role of computing in society. It regularly holds roundtables on areas of its interests. Find out more on the OFA website.