Friday, March 22, 2013

Progress and Findings in cooperative-system-related EU-US Security and Communications Standards Harmonisation

Joint standardisation of Cooperative Systems (V2V and V2I) is a core objective of the EU-US cooperation on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS). In 2012, two Harmonisation Task Groups worked in parallel on analyses of security standards (HTG1) and Communications Standards (HTG3). The HTG1 analysis indicated that the initial set of security standards, developed by IEEE, was reasonably well harmonized. However, gaps still exist and must be addressed before large-scale deployment occurs. The HTG3 analysis involves the current differences between the EU and U.S. approach to standardizing communications at 5.9GHz for V2V and V2I safety-of-life and property communications. The HTG3 identified differences that presented interoperability challenges and offered suggestions for harmonizing these differences to achieve a single global standard. Both Harmonisation Task Groups' reports plus an introductory report can be found here.



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The ePrivacy Directive





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Standardisation aspects of eSignatures

Article 3.5 of the Directive on eSignature allows the Commission to establish and publish reference numbers of “generally recognised standards” for e-Signature products.



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EU online Trustmarks – Building Digital Confidence in Europe (SMART 2011/0022)

This study realized an analysis of the current state-of-play on trustmarks in Europe and gave an insight into the international situation. In the same time, it stimulated the stakeholders' engagement via a survey, workshops, desk research, helping in understanding how trustmarks respond to the question of confidence in e-commerce, favouring cross-border e-commerce. Cross-border eCommerce is one of the economic activities which policy makers regard as very important in generating a EU-wide economic growth and creating new job opportunities. The Digital Agenda for Europe clearly pursues the creation of an online internal market, putting in place policies fostering cross-border eCommerce in the EU. One of the key factors of eCommerce, be it cross-border or at national level, is trust between the parties: the purchaser and the merchant. Trustmarks can play a role in establishing trust relations: a trustmark is a sign displayed on an eCommerce website, it has the purpose to provide an independent guarantee of the trustworthiness and reliability of the webshop. Trustmarks are especially useful for smaller webshops that are not (yet) a strong online brand of their own. Four policy options are reviewed by the study and the final report addresses the pros and cons of these options. The Commission is currently considering the results of the study. It is assessing, more specifically, the possibility of taking the trustmark topic into a multi-stakeholders platform. We are looking at the effects of other similar initiatives like the recent Multi-stakeholder Dialogue on Comparison Tools (websites), conducted by DG SANCO. You will find below the study itself – with its 2 annexes.



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EU and US step up cooperation in eHealth IT

The European Commission's Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT) and the United States Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) have agreed on a roadmap to strengthen transatlantic cooperation in eHealth and Health information technologies (IT).



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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of JAMA Pediatrics: Media, Technology, and Pediatric Health

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of JAMA Pediatrics: Media, Technology, and Pediatric Health


The May 2014 theme issue for JAMA Pediatrics will be on media with special emphasis on newer media both in terms of how they affect children but also how they can be used to promote health. Manuscripts submitted before November 1, 2013, will be given preference


Video: How ICT can improve joint replacement surgery

Joint replacement surgery is much more successful with the use of ICT and computational modelling. It also decreases the costs associated with subsequent joint revision surgeries and it improves the quality of life of patients following such procedures.



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eCall • Memorandum of Understanding for Realisation of Interoperable In-Vehicle eCall • Document and Signatories

Fill in the Memorandum of Understanding for Realisation of Interoperable In-Vehicle eCall and join the 136 signatories!



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Openness, Opportunity and Innovation: capitalising on the digital revolution

Dialogue with European Parliament ITRE Committee, 19 March 2013






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eCall, a 40-second video • Internet of Things • Published on 12 January 2012

Watch a 40-second video on eCall as part of the Internet of Things (published on 12 January 2012).



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eCall, a 2-minute video • Produced by the European Parliament • Published on 25 June 2012 in 22 European languages

Watch a 2-minute video on eCall by the European Parliament in 22 European languages (published on 25 June 2012).



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eCall • Euronews Futuris video "Safer roads ahead" • Aired on 26 July 2012 in 12 languages.

Watch eCall featuring in the Euronews Futuris video "Safer roads ahead", aired on 26 July 2012 in 12 languages.



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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Survey of schools: ICT in Education

This study collected and benchmarked information from 31 European countries (27 EU Member States, Croatia, Iceland, Norway and Turkey) on the access, use, competence and attitudes of students and teachers regarding ICT in schools.



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Monday, March 18, 2013

Utility Telcom Operator Workshop

You are kindly invited to a workshop focusing on utility and telecom collaboration to deliver ICT & Telecom services and infrastructure for smart grid. The workshop is in line with the reinforced cross sector cooperation approach we would like to encourage through our cost reduction initiative (the draft regulation should be approved by the Commission at the end of the month) and will analyse also potential new business opportunities for telecom operators in the smart grid development.



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Global tech sector measures its carbon footprint

The European Commission is working with 27 of the world's leading tech companies and associations to measure their carbon footprint arising from the production, transport and sales of ICT goods, networks and services. According to a study published today, 10 measurement tools and standards pilot-tested by the organisations are comparable. The aim is to have a common measurement framework in order to get a clearer picture, and eventually a reduction, of CO2 emissions.



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Members States notification - esignature

Member States shall notify the Commission and other Member States about all their information relative to eSignature



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Legal notice on trusted list

Note on the central list policy and the related legal notice for trusted list for Certification Service Providers.



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EU Trusted Lists of Certification Service Providers

Member States have established their trusted lists of supervised/accredited certification service providers, in a “human readable” form, and also a "machine processable" form which allowed for automated information retrieval.



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THE CONTRIBUTION OF ICT TO ENERGY EFFICIENCY: LOCAL AND REGIONAL INITIATIVES. Implementing energy efficiency initiatives harnessing ICT: Executive Summary





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THE CONTRIBUTION OF ICT TO ENERGY EFFICIENCY: LOCAL AND REGIONAL INITIATIVES. Implementing energy efficiency initiatives harnessing ICT: A toolkit for local and regional authorities!





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