As the media sphere is shifting towards digital services, commercial organizations, many of them based outside the EU, are more and more able to decide upon which kind of content and which sort of communication constitute the public sphere. These developments have profound implications for us in terms of press plurality and individual rights.
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After a conference on the Fourth industrial revolution, evidencing the Internet of Things and the Internet of Services that will connect intelligent products, digital services, and customers to the new innovative ‘products’ of the future, it is time to enlarge our vision to all digital technologies but also on their impact on business and the society at large, without forgetting to highlight the necessary political measures to be put in place by the public authorities.
In the morning of 26 February, a public hearing was held in the framework of preparing the EESC information report on "How media is used to influence social and political processes in the EU and neighbouring countries". Speakers included TV and newspaper journalists, representatives from think-tanks, the European Commission and the European External Action Service, as well as a Member of the European Parliament. You can see the programme here.
Discussions were held on the existing tools of propaganda in the EU and neighbouring countries and their impact on the society, and ways were sought on how to tackle this misuse of media, making several recommendations to the EU and the member states.
The results of this hearing will be fed into the information report, to be debated at the EESC External Relations Section on 28 April 2015.
Islands within the European Union face specific realities, which are often completely different to mainland Europe. Having specific barriers in terms of grid connectivity, transportation and internet connectivity, islands face realities that need to be evaluated distinctively. This public hearing will delve into the concept of Smart Islands with a focus on the Digital Agenda for Europe Flagship Initiative objectives, as well as on energy, urban mobility and transportation goals.
Fast expanding business services are already dominant in manufacturing and in support of manufacturing. A wide and growing range of companies – both manufacturing and service – is now involved in designing and delivering new generations of business services. New technologies make services still more relevant to manufacturing. The EESC has recently published an own-initiative opinion on the impact of business services in industry.
However, beyond the "servitization" of industry, a new paradigm is emerging: the Internet of Things and the Internet of Services currently known in Europe as the Fourth industrial revolution, a dawn of a new era following that of automation.
Electronic components and systems are everywhere: from cars to pacemakers, from mobile phones to smart textiles. Electronics is a key technology enabling innovation and driving productivity for almost all economic sectors.
Recognising the key role of electronics to boost EU growth and jobs, the European Commission launched the Electronics Strategy for Europe in 2013, aiming to mobilise €100 billion in private investments and create 250,000 jobs in Europe by 2020. ECSEL, at the core of this strategy, is a €5 billion public-private partnership to boost Europe's electronics design and manufacturing capability and capacity.
The conference will debate the role of smart cities in driving the EU's economic revival by drawing on US and Italian experience. The panellists and the audience will specifically assess the challenges that lie ahead in supporting smart cities and how civil society can be mobilised to deliver concrete projects in Europe. Furthermore, the event will introduce a debate among private and public decision makers about how to make the approach to Smart Cities more systemic and concrete, through large-scale public private partnership projects.
Electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS) is causing distress and loss of quality of life to a growing number of Europeans and according to new estimates, between 3 % and 5% of the population are electro-sensitive. The most common sources of Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR) pollution are mobile phone masts, cordless phones and Wi-Fi routers installed in the homes. All these emit microwaves permanently (24/7) in the places where they are installed.
This event will gather all relevant stakeholders from a broad range of European civil society for a debate on how to deal with this issues at EU level and to give input for the future EESC's opinion that is scheduled for adoption in January 2015.
Affordable broadband connectivity and services are essential for generating economic growth, global competitiveness, and for achieving social progress. Moreover, in the context of the economic crisis, a better penetration of broadband is vital to job creation and the introduction of innovative new services, including the use of e-Government. The latter plays an important role for it has the potential to increase public involvement in a community, improve local democracy and strengthen level of trust.
In a participatory format, the event aims to collect ideas, analyse challenges and possible solutions for a better use of financial tools for ICT infrastructures and digital applications for services. This should facilitate growth and jobs while creating inclusive conditions for the most vulnerable.