After spending decades bringing down barriers regarding trade in goods and services across borders, the European Union is now in the process of realising the Digital Single Market to boost the European online economy. We have now entered a world in which digital is embedded in our daily lives and realise the exponential value that digitalisation has, and could have, for the real world. With the implementation of the Digital Single Market Strategy, the EU is opening up digital opportunities for business and people, both on a European and national level.
Will the European Commission be able to reach its 16-point Policy plan as part of its Digital Single Market Strategy? The European Commission has until the end of 2016 to present all of its plans. Is this the right approach? Do the current rules enable and aid the development of European Digital champions? And what will the next 10 years of digital innovation look like?
Cyber security is a central component of business continuity and customer trust. The ever-evolving cyber landscape comes with the challenge that businesses have to be very flexible to deal with a changing threat landscape. The EU is investing in this field to become a strong player and is stimulating the cooperation between different sectors such as energy, health, transport, and finance.
Opening remarks by Luciano Floridi
The evolution towards a digital world does not only impact the global economy, but also the society and the human reality. What's the influence of digitalisation of the economy on our future daily life? How to understand and take care of technology who is revolutionising our society and work environment?
Representatives of the member states of the EU will share their views regarding digital transformation at the national level within their industry and society. Ideas and challenges from the business world will be brought to the table. The discussion will focus also on how a focused approach can lead to the right investments and the right skills needed in this newly established environment.