Newsletter – April and May 2017

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April and May 2017


UACM-USACM released Policy Statements

During the month of May, the ACM Europe Policy Committee addressed feedback and approved the endorsement of two proposed policy Statements issued by the ACM U.S. Public Policy Council. The joint Statement on Algorithmic Transparency and Accountability was released on the 25th of May. It affirms support for the principle of minimizing potential harm in algorithmic based decision making. The Media Release can be accessed here.

The second one, the joint Statement on “Internet of Things Privacy and Security” was released on the 1st of June. A key area where this Statement extends current discussions on IoT is the recommendation of lightweight encryption and continued development of new technologies for IoT. The Media Release can be accessed here.

Besides, the ACM U.S. Public Policy Council is currently considering endorsing the Cybersecurity Research and Education principles from the EUACM white paper. This will reuse the text from the EUACM White Paper, which EUACM approved in October 2016 and released shortly afterwards.

RDA Ninth Plenary Meeting

The 9th RDA Plenary Meeting took place from 5th to 7th April in Barcelona, Spain. The Plenary meeting was organised by the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC-CNS) with the support of RDA Europe and was sponsored by ACM. The event focused on the data revolution to improve science and society through data-driven discovery and innovation. It attracted more than 600 data scientists, researchers, industry leaders, entrepreneurs, policymakers and data stewards from disciplines across the globe.

The programme and the recording can be accessed on the following link:

Science|Business events

During the month of May, the EUACM Chair, Fabrizio Gagliardi, attended two different events as a result of the ACM partnership with Science|Business. The first of them took place on May 19th, where experts discussed and drafted a report on the “rules of engagement” for the European Open Science Cloud. On May 30th, he attended a Network dinner on “The EIT: What is its future?” with EU representatives, MEPs and stakeholders.

Update on the ACM Europe Conference 2017

The ACM Europe Council will hold an international event on 7th and on the 8th of September 2017 in Barcelona in conjunction with the annual ACM-WE womENcourage conference. The event is hosted by the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC).

It will be a truly international event, bringing together computer scientists and practitioners from around the world. Registration is free, but early registration is encouraged due to limited seating. For more information about the ACM Europe Conference please visit the Conference web site

The two main themes of the conference are Cybersecurity and High Performance Computing.

On September 7th, 2012 Turing Laureate Silvio Micali will give the Turing Talk “ALGORAND: A new distributed ledger”. Then, the Cybersecurity track will gather a roster of leading researchers, practitioners and policy makers drawn from Europe and around the world to examine the latest opportunities and challenges in this fast-changing field. The panel will be moderated by Prof. Chris Hankin, Imperial College, London, member of the EUACM board. This panel will be followed by a reception to celebrate ACM fellows in Europe. Several ACM Fellows have already confirmed their presence.

On September 8th, the High Performance Computing track will take place. The track will include a keynote talk and it is followed by a panel, composed of top world experts in HPC. The panel will review progress and current plans for the worldwide roadmap towards Exascale computing. Panellists include Mateo Valero (Barcelona Supercomputing Center, Spain), Paul Messina (Argonne National Laboratory, US), Katherine Yelick (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, US), Satoshi Matsuoka (Global Scientific Information and Computing Center, Japan), Alison Kennedy (High Performance Computing Center, UK), Per Stenström (Chalmers University, Sweden) and Qian Depei (Sun Yat-sen University, China).

In addition, a selected group of influential European technology organizations will co-locate their events with this ACM Europe Conference including ACM Europe Celebration of Women in Computing, Eurolab-4-HPC, HiPEAC and EXDCI Final Conference 2017.



EP Committee on Industry, Research and Energy draft opinion on EPrivacy

On 22th May, the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy released a draft opinion for the Committee on Civil liberties, Justice and Home Affairs on the proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the respect for private life and the protection of personal data in electronic communications. This document welcomes extension of its scope and the Commission’s attempt to be technologically neutral, but proposes several amendments to the Draft ePrivacy Regulation.

The Draft Opinion is available here.

Mid-term review of the Digital Single Market

On 10th May, the European Commission published the mid-term review of its Digital Single Market strategy. It takes stock of the progress made, calls on co-legislators to swiftly act on all proposals already presented, and outlines further actions on online platforms, data economy and cybersecurity. The Commission identified three main areas where further EU action is needed: (1) to develop the European Data Economy to its full potential, (2) to protect Europe’s assets by tackling cybersecurity challenges, and (3) to promote the online platforms as responsible players of a fair internet ecosystem.

The EC Press Release is available here. The Fact Sheet can be accessed here.

Ending unjustified geo-blocking across the EU

On 25th April, the MEPs of the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection voted to start trilogue negotiations in order to strengthen rules to ensure that buyers of goods or services from another EU country are treated like local customers. If a final agreement is reached with the Council and the Commission, online sellers will not be able to discriminate consumers elsewhere in the EU with regard to general terms and conditions, including prices, on the basis of their nationality, place of residence or even their temporary location.

Source and more information here.

MEPs concerned about the EU-USA Privacy Shield data sharing agreement

On 6th April, the members of the European Parliament called on the EU Commission to conduct a proper assessment and ensure that the EU-US “Privacy Shield” for data transferred for commercial purposes provides enough personal data protection for EU citizens.

MEPs were concerned about recent revelations about surveillance activities conducted by a US electronic communications service provider and about the new rules allowing the US National Security Agency (NSA) to share private data with other US agencies without court oversight.

The Privacy Shield agreement will face scrutiny in September, when Commission officials travel to Washington to review how the deal has been enforced. The EP Press Release is available here.

Vice-President Ansip at the conference on data and the Digital Pole, Luxembourg

On 3rd April, Vice-President for the Digital Single Market Andrus Ansip met the staff of the Directorates-General for Informatics (DIGIT) and for Communications Networks, Content & Technology (DG CONNECT) in Luxembourg and engaged in a discussion on data and the Digital Pole.

The Digital Pole will promote policies and innovative solutions for digitising health, wellbeing and ageing, public services, education, language and culture. It will be a policy, service and investment facility for European digital infrastructures and technologies (e.g. super-computing, data centres, robotics), the European data economy (e.g. the Open Data Portal and data analytics), public service innovation and modernisation (e.g. eGovernment, interoperability, digital trust).

VP Ansip stressed the significant part that the Digital Pole will play in making the Digital Single Market a reality on the ground. This initiative demonstrates the EU determination to increase the impact of digital policies across all EU countries. In addition, the highlighted the importance of data and of the future technologies.

The Executive Statement by DG Informatics and DG CONNECT can be found here.

G20 recognises the importance of Digital trade

On 6th-7th April, the G20 Ministers responsible for the digital economy, met in Düsseldorf to discuss how to maximize the contributions that digitalisation can provide to the economy. G20 leaders recognised that digital trade is an opportunity and a high priority on the international digital agenda and reiterated many fundamental principles that have made the internet possible and have improved the quality of our lives.

Under the banner “Digitalisation: Policies for a Digital Future” they discussed the opportunities and challenges of digitalisation with international experts from politics, business and civil society. The meeting was held in preparation for the G20 summit on 5 – 6 July in Hamburg.

The link to the official Declaration can be found here.

Girls in ICT Day

On 27th March, the European Commission invited companies and organisations to organise activities to equip more women and girls with digital skills and enthuse them to pursue ICT studies and careers. Vice-President Ansip outlined the necessity of attracting more women to technology to ensure a boost to the economy. Therefore, the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition is opening a thematic call for pledges on Women in ICT.

Source and more information here.

To become a member of the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition please access here. To make a pledge for action please access here.



May and June events

INDIGO Summit 2017: This Summit will be centered on exploring the solutions provided by the INDIGO software, applying them to concrete use cases brought forward by scientific communities and resource providers. Demos, training and hands-on implementation sessions will also be included in the programme. 9-12 May, Catania, Italy.

ACM International Conference on Computing Frontiers 2017: Computing Frontiers is an eclectic, collaborative community of researchers who investigate emerging technologies in the broad field of computing: our common goal is to drive the scientific breakthroughs that transform society. 15-17 May, Siena, Italy.

European High Performance Computing Summit Week 2017: The second edition of the European HPC Summit Week will focus on High Performance Computing (HPC) initiatives in Europe such as PRACE, EUDAT, EXDCI, ESIWACE and many more. The objective is to allow participants to find synergies among all stakeholders of the HPC ecosystem. 15-19 May, Barcelona, Spain.

RDA Europe spring school on weather, climate and air quality: Lessons will consist in a mix of lectures and hands-on session. The course will take place on Thursday and Friday, organised in four modules provided in English. 25-26 May, Barcelona, Spain.

Next Generation Internet Summit: The Future Generation Summit “From the Internet of Things to the Internet of Humans: a European strategy for the next generation internet” will bring together leading policy makers, innovators, researchers and citizens. The goal is the development of an open, data-driven, user-centric and interoperable ecosystem. And all the effort aims to be beneficial to citizens and companies. 06-07 June, Brussels, Belgium.

Internet of Things for Active and Assisted Living: This workshop, organised within the Global Internet of Things (IoT) Summit 2017, will investigate the close relationship between IoT and Active and Assisted Living, from a data-oriented perspective and at different layers. 06-09 June, Geneva, Switzerland.

AI for Good Global Summit: ITU and the XPRIZE Foundation organised this Summit in partnership with a number of UN sister agencies. The Summit aimed to accelerate and advance the development and democratization of AI solutions that can address specific global challenges related to poverty, hunger, health, education, the environment, and others. 07-09 June, Geneva, Switzerland.

European Conference on Networks and Communications – EuCNC 2017: The event aims to bring together researchers from all over the world to present their latest research results. It is one of the main venues for showcasing the results of research projects, in particular those from successive European R&D programmes co-financed by the European Commission. 12-15 June, Oulu, Finland.

ETSI Security Week 2017: The event will address key cybersecurity standardization challenges in the short, medium and longer term. The event will look at the different aspects of cybersecurity underpinning our digital world. 12-16 June, Sophia Antipolis, France.

4th HBP School – Future Computing: Brain Science and Artificial Intelligence: The event offers a comprehensive programme covering all aspects of software, hardware, simulation, databasing, robotics, machine learning and theory relevant to the Human Brain Project (HBP), a Future and Emerging Technology (FET) Flagship research initiative. 12-18 June, Obergurgl, Tirol, Österreich.

ECSEL JU Symposium 2017: This symposium is organised by the Joint Undertaking “Electronic Components and Systems for European Leadership” (ECSEL JU), under the auspices of the 2017 Maltese Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The event will bring together a wide range of European and global stakeholders in the Electronics Components and Systems field, including Industry, Research and Financial Communities, European, National and Regional decision-makers and international partners. 13-14 June, Hilton Malta.

Digital Assembly 2017: It is an opportunity for stakeholders to debate, take stock and look ahead at how Europe and how its partners around the world are preparing for this digital transformation. It will also be an opportunity to have a dialogue on the benefits of the Digital Union for citizens with a special focus on our younger generations. 15-16 June, Valletta, Malta.

Science|Business – New world order: Science, technology & trade: The annual Science|Business Network conference will focus on how international relations in science, technology and trade could be transformed – and how these changes will, in turn, affect the EU’s next flagship R&D effort, Framework Programme 9. 27 June, Brussels, Belgium.

Net Futures 2017 Conference: a networking event where policy makers and technologists will meet to have deep dive conversations and learn about each other’s wishes and needs for tomorrow’s internet, the economy and society. This year, the theme of Net Futures 2017 will be “Internet, the economy and society in 2027”. 28-29 June, Brussels, Belgium.

ACM Chapters Computer Science in Cars Symposium: the first German Computer Science and Cars Symposium (CSCS) aims to create bridges between academic research on the one hand and practitioners from the automotive industry on the other. The one day event combines a single track programme with keynote and invited presentations and ample opportunities for discussions and networking. 06 July, Munich, Germany.

PRACE Summer of HPC 2017: The PRACE Summer of HPC is a PRACE outreach and training programme that offers summer placements at top HPC centres across Europe to late-stage undergraduates and early-stage postgraduate students. Participants will spend two months working on projects related to PRACE technical or industrial work and produce a report and a visualisation or video of their results. 02 July-31 August, Ostrava, Czech Republic.



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