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Paving the way for women in technology

To mark International Girls in ICT Day 2016, we are calling for greater efforts to close the gap between aspiration and achievement for young women around the world, writes Sylvie Laffarge.
Digital 24-04-2015

ICT is for women, too

Acknowledging the gender issue sporadically in a male-dominated ICT sector is no longer enough if businesses are serious about bridging the gender gap, writes Afke Schaart.
Digital 24-04-2013

Tackling the gender imbalance in the communications sector

Brussels will host a "Girls in ICT" event on 25 April, co-organised by the European Commission, the European Parliament and the International Telecommunications Union. The event will seek ways of attracting women to ICT jobs, writes Anne Bouverot.
Digital 25-06-2012

New standardisation promotes ICT trade and competition

The recently agreed new Regulation on EU Standardisation – and a new multistakeholder platform - represent a milestone for the ICT sector and a good result for the Danish presidency, say Jean Laurens and Rebekka Porath.
Digital 14-02-2012

Unity or division in Europe’s cloud computing market?

The advent of cloud computing technology gives the opportunity to further strengthen the EU single market, but to capture its potential countries' laws must be sufficiently harmonised to let data flow easily across borders, writes Robert Holleyman, president and chief executive of the Business Software Alliance.
Digital 14-12-2011

Using the Internet to cut energy needs

The IT sector is under sustained pressure to meet the increasing demand whilst at the same time asked to reduce its carbon footprint, says John Vassallo of Microsoft. How is this conundrum playing out in the EU? And do cloud-based networks and services hold the key to wider EU environmental goals?
Digital 07-09-2011

What happened to technology’s little guy?

The revision of the Data Protection Directive is an opportunity to harmonise the European Union's data protection rules, allowing SMEs to take full advantage of cloud computing's potential to save both time and money, argues Remi Caron of the Association for Competitive Technology.
Health 07-04-2010

ICT should be at the heart of healthcare modernisation

Information and communication technology (ICT) is a vital component for the delivery of modern health care and ICT tools can play a key role in making patient care more efficient and streamlined, according to a March report by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).
Energy 17-07-2009

ICT-based innovations for a greener economic recovery

"The Swedish EU Presidency has a unique opportunity to set the agenda for integrating policies for economic recovery, the knowledge society, and energy and climate security into a single framework for smart, green growth," writes Peter Johnston, chair of the European Policy Centre (EPC), in a July paper.

How Europe could leapfrog the US in productivity

Despite Europe leading the United States in the application of digital technologies, it is still far behind in overall economic productivity, argues Robert Atkinson, the president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, in the summer edition of Europe's World.
Digital 20-05-2008

European ICT: Innovation is the key

The hot topics in European economic policy - such as the global credit crunch, global warming and energy - are drawing focus away from the important European ICT sector, warns Professor Martin Fransman of the University of Edinburgh in an 8 May opinion piece for ScienceBusiness.net.
Digital 20-01-2005

The European Union and its eGovernment development policy

In this book, Antonio Alabau from the Universidad Politecnica de Valencia (Spain), tries to answer the following question in the context of the Lisbon strategic objectives: Can the EU, using instruments from its Industrial, Trans-European Networks, Research and Technological Development, Internal Market, Competition and Regional Development Policies, get public administrations to use ICT, carry out organisational changes, improve public services and democratic processes and develop their public policies?
Digital 02-12-2004

ICT and Social Capital in the Knowledge Society

This report from the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS - part of the Joint Research Centre - European Commission) examines the relationship between ICTs and social capital against the backdrop of the Lisbon objectives. It develops the notions of digital divide and death of distance to concludes with key messages to policy makers.
Digital 29-11-2004

The Future Impact of ICTs on Environmental Sustainability

This study by the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (part of the Joint Research Centre - European Commission) explores (qualitatively) and assesses (quantitatively) the way that ICTs will influence environmental sustainability between now and 2020. It concludes that ICTs can reinforce positive effects on the environment or, on the contrary, worsen the situation.
Digital 19-11-2004

Rising stars in information and communication technology

This report examines the ten concepts considered to have the brightest prospects in terms of the potential to gain widespread use during this decade: internet telephony (VoIP), advanced mobile radio technology (WLAN, UMTS, WiMax), biometrics, quantum cryptography, Model Driven Architecture (MDA), decentralised storage (ILM), decentralised data processing (grid computing), open-source software, outsourcing, and radio tagging (RFID).
Economy & Jobs 27-05-2004

Perspectives of ICT in the New Europe

This paper summarises the overall situation of ICT in the new Member States from a global perspective. It shows that significant progress has been made towards the implementation of the Knowledge-based society.
Enlargement 22-10-2003

Real-time systems: Reflections on Higher Education in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Sloven

This report provides insights on the ongoing policy development and reform process in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovenia.
Economy & Jobs 08-05-2003

Models of Technology and Change In Higher Education: An international comparative survey on the curr

This study investigates which scenarios are emerging with respect to the use of ICT in higher education and how future developments can be predicted and strategic choices can be based on that.

Exchange-rate policy prior to EMU membership

For the acceding countries the prospect of eventual membership in the European Monetary Union (EMU) already raises some important monetary-policy questions: when exactly should they join EMU, and what exchange-rate strategies should they adopt in the intervening period? Time is particularly tight for those that want to join EMU as quickly as possible.
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