This EIF special event kicked off an EIF project looking at how Europe can remain among the leading regions of the world in the age of digital communications.
Our purpose is to bring together high-level perspectives on some of the key macro technology trends, policy implications and future governance issues, as well as identify areas for a common approach between Europe, the United States and other key regions.
Initial ideas and conclusions emerging from the project will be released for public comment in early 2009 prior to the European elections, and will also contribute to the debate of the Reflection Group to be initiated by the French Presidency of the EU.
14:00 - 14:30 Registration
14:30 - 14:45 Welcome and opening remarks
Erika Mann, MEP and EIF Chair
Video message from Hans-Gert Pöttering, MEP and President of the European Parliament
14:45 - 16:15 The Internet in 2025: What are the limits?
Moderator: Erika Mann, MEP and EIF Chair
Special key-note guests:
Viviane Reding, European Commissioner for Information Society & Media
Eric Besson, French State Secretary, Prospectives & Evaluation of Public Policies & Internet
Patrick Dixon, Founder and Chairman, Global Change
Lynn St. Amour, President and CEO of the Internet Society
16:15 - 16:30 Break
16:30 - 18:00 Parallel Thematic Workshops
Chair: Alexander Alvaro, MEP and EIF Member
Rapporteur: Claudio Murri, Vice-President Public Policy, TimeWarner Europe
Prof Howard Williams, Internet Institute, University of Oxford
Ilkka Lakaniemi, Head of Global Political Dialogue and Initiative, Nokia Siemens Networks
Michel Vergotte, Director Business Development, eBay
2. Technology Trends
Chair: Malcolm Harbour, MEP and EIF Governor
Rapporteur: Andreas Tegge, VP Government Relations Global Communications, SAP AG
Marc Fossier, France Telecom Orange Group, Senior VP, Technologies & Innovation
Andrew Herbert, Managing Director, Microsoft Research
Gee Rittenhouse, VP, Head of Research, Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent
Erich Ruetsche, Manager Business Development & Relations, IBM Zurich Research
3. Socio-political dimension
Chair: Edit Herczog, MEP and EIF Governor
Rapporteur: Serge Ferré, Head of Nokia EU Representative Office in Brussels
Ajit Jaokar, Founder and CEO of Futuretext, Author of "Mobile Web 2.0"
Christina Kaul, International Policy Director, Vodafone
Andrea Pirotti, ENISA, European Network and Information Security Agency
18:15 - 19:15 Plenary: Workshop reports
Chairman: James Elles, MEP and EIF Vice-Chair
Presentations of reports by Rapporteurs
20:00 - 22:00 Global Challenges ahead: What does it mean for Europe? / A call for action
Dinner at Stanhope Hotel***** (Rue du Commerce, 9B–1000 Brussels)
Chair: Catherine Trautmann, MEP and EIF Governor
Speaker: Lutz Heuser, Chair of ISTAG and SAP Corporate Research