International Women’s Day 2018: fostering a greater female presence in the digital sector

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The International Women’s Day 2018, held on March 8th around the world, has served as a platform to demand an increase in the participation of women in the digital sector.

According to the new study “Women in the Digital Era”, there is currently an increase in the gender gap in the participation of men and women in the digital sector in education, professional careers and entrepreneurship.

In line with this uneven situation and coinciding with the International Women’s Day 2018, European Commissioner Mariya Gabriel (in charge of Economy and Digital Society in the EU) explained her strategy to increase the participation of women in the digital sector.

The strategy proposed by the Commissioner is based on three fundamental pillars:

  • Fight against gender stereotypes and promote role models concurring with the International Women’s Day 2018

For the European Commissioner, the problem lies in the lack of female references in the technology sector. Although the EU has already legislated on this matter, the media do not reflect the current reality.

This is due, fundamentally, to the fact that audiovisual content is mostly made by men. For this reason, the Commissioner proposes to evaluate and improve the situation by promoting gender equality in the audiovisual sector.

In addition, women in the cybersecurity sector only represent 7% of the sector’s workforce in the EU. For this reason, Mariya Gabriel has started the campaign “No Women no Panel” to encourage the presence of women in the discussion forums, in which she will participate only if there is at least two people from the less represented gender.

  • Allow, promote and motivate girls to learn digital skills and take STEAM courses (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics).

Statistics show that only 24 out of every 1,000 graduates in the STEAM fields are women. The society needs to raise this small number and, for this, specific actions are being implemented from the EU.

For example, there is already the “EU Code Week” (in 2018 it takes place from October 6 to 21), in which 46% of women already participate. The goal is to reach 50% in 2020.

In addition, in 2017 a special prize was presented that promotes digital skills in women and girls called “Digital Skills Awards“.

  • Allow and encourage more women to participate in digital entrepreneurship and innovation

The female gender is underrepresented in digital start-ups. In particular, there are 23% of female employees in this type of company and only 19% of digital entrepreneurs are women.

Therefore,  two initiatives at European level that aim to help reverse this situation have been implemented:

  1. WeHubs, the first European community that connects business ecosystems in support of women entrepreneurs in the digital sector.
  2. EU Prize for Women Innovators, which recognizes the work of women entrepreneurs in the digital sector.

The gender gap in the digital sector is a cause for concern since, by 2020, the EU will have shortages of qualified personnel in digital areas. Therefore, matching up with the International Women’s Day 2018, it is important that the European institutions promote the role of women in this sector.

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Event on High Performance Computing will take place in Bulgaria

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On April 19th, 2019, an event on High Performance Computing (HPC) will take place in Sofia (Bulgaria) in order to raise awareness of the role of High Performance Computing (HPC) as a transforming element of the European Union.

In addition, the European HPC strategy will be presented and the impact of the European Commission’s proposal on European scientific, economic and social advances, including the digital skills that the HPC has produced, will be analyzed.

The event, which has been jointly organized by the Bulgarian Presidency and the European Commission, will be attended by some 250 professionals from both the private sector and the public sector. Registration can be made until April 9th (see here).

To see the agenda of the event, click here.

Mobile World Congress brings together the main players in the mobile phone industry in Barcelona

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The Mobile World Congress, held in Barcelona from February 26 to March 1, 2018, brings together in a single space  the world’s leading companies in the mobile telephony industry and technology in general. This year, over 110,000 visitors are expected to attend the fair.

In this edition of the technological summit, the main companies in the sector worldwide (Samsung, Huawei, Sony, LG) are presenting their new mobile terminals. Among others, the presentation by Samsung of its new device Galaxy S9 and S9 + has been specially important. This mobile phone has artificial intelligence, dual camera in the larger version and customized avatars to provide a more complete user experience than in previous versions.

In addition to the main novelties of mobile telephony, numerous innovations have been exhibited in the technological sector as solutions of artificial intelligence of last generation, flexible screens, latest 5G technology, Internet of Things (IoT), blockchain and cybersecurity, among many others.

At a national level, Telefónica has revolutionized the sector by presenting its assistant, AURA. Chema Alonso, Head of Data of the company, and its President, José María Álvarez-Pallete, have been responsible for introducing the attendees to the new platform that is activated by the voice and is capable of analyzing and storing information in real time.

Presence of companies from the Digital Certification sector

In this edition, the following Digital Certification companies participated in the MWC:

Belgian Mobile ID, BIID, CertiSign, Elliptic Laboratories,, Real Identity Co., SafeLayer, Signaturit, Signen, Signicat, SK ID Solutions, Trusted K, Validated ID, Vasco Data Security and Vintegris.

Likewise, the chip manufacturers Gemalto and G + D were present at the fair.

History of the Mobile World Congress

The Mobile World Congress is the most important event worldwide for the mobile telephony industry and is one of the great platforms for the presentation of breakthrough innovations for the technology sector.

It has an annual character and is celebrated since 2006 in Barcelona (Spain), which for a few days becomes a global showcase for technology. It was previously held in Cannes (France), where it was celebrated for a decade.

This edition of the international congress is expected to generate an economic impact of 471 million euros and 13,000 new jobs in Barcelona.

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GSMA recommends the use of mobile devices with notified electronic identification (eID) means

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The GSMA, an association that represents the telecommunications industry worldwide, has published a report on the link in a pilot environment of its multi-use identity solution, called Mobile Connect, with the eIDAS Regulation.

It establishes the convenience of using mobile devices together with an electronic identification means (eID) notified at EU level.

The pilot contributes to the development of an strategic action plan to use the assets of mobile operators to accelerate the development of a safe and reliable digital ecosystem. To achieve this goal, the report provides recommendations to EU Member States, mobile operators and private sector service providers.

This pilot  has been supported by the Vice President of the European Commission, Andrus Ansip, and by the European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, Mariya Gabriel, who have provided guidance on architectural interoperability requirements and other regulatory issues.

In addition, through the CEF Program, the European Commission is making funds available to mobile telephony operators and other private sector organizations to link their services with eIDAS.

For Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society, “the association of mobile devices with electronic identification means is key for the EU to be successful in taking advantage of the full potential of the Digital Single Market and to empower in a secure and responsible to citizens and businesses to realize their ambitions in the digital world. ”

Working together to improve Digital Trust

Public as well as private sector organizations have worked together in this pilot project with the final goal of accelerating the uptake of trusted and secure digital authentication in response to the EU Regulation on electronic Identification, Authentication and Trust Services (eIDAS)and its implementing acts.

If you wish to know more about GSMA and its activities, please click here.