13 July 2010 marked the anniversary of the European Internet Foundation. The birthday was celebrated with a lively interactive event, and featured a special guest appearance by European Commission Vice-President Neelie Kroes, the publication of an EIF survey about 'Europe's Digital Future', and a live poll from Mrs Kroes about the digital Single Market in 2015.
Pilar del Castillo MEP and EIF Chair welcomed guests and friends at the event. She called into memory that 10 years ago the world was (mostly) analogue: iPods and WIFI did not exist. Today, policy making for the Internet is in full swing and EIF plays a substantial role in European, Transatlantic and global platforms for creating Internet policy in the 21st century.
Vice Chair James Elles recalled former governors of the European Internet Foundation and the crucial role they played in its creation. Several of them were present and spoke a few words congratulating EIF with its successes. Piia-Noora Kauppi, former MEP and EIF Governor sent a special video message to congratulate EIF.
Accolades were also sent by US Congressman Bob Goodlatte and by the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee.
Mrs Kroes then was invited to take the floor and reflected on Europe's digital future and the results of the EIF Online Survey. The survey asked respondents to rank a set of 20 questions for the Commissioner from low to high interest. 189 people responded to the call to fill out the survey.
Mrs. Kroes asked for the help of the attendees to shape Europe's Digital Future. Malcom Harbour, MEP and EIF Governor, together with Mrs Neelie Kroes conducted a live poll (part 1, part 2, part 3) using a mobile voting system in the room to test the knowledge about the European Digital Agenda. Some featured questions: is it feasible to get 50% or more of European Households subscribed to high-speed broadband by the year 2015? Is level pricing across Europe for mobile Internet access a possibility in 4 years from now?
Ajit Jaokar of FutureText then discussed the way EIF shared its survey via a policy bloggers network to receive feedback from the blogging community. He advocated that such processes are highly useful for policy formation as they involve real communities outside the political framework.
The event ended with a giant EIF cake celebrating the next 10 years of building synergies within the Internet policy community.
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