Event: ICT 2018 will be held in Vienna in December

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ICT 2018, which will be held in Vienna from December 4th to 6th, is the key event in the research and innovation of Information Technology (ICT) fields in the European Union.

This year, the conference will focus on the priorities of the European Union in the digital transformation of society and industry in the medium and long term. Over the course of three days, professionals in the sector, and especially those who carry out digital transformation activities, will be able to share their experience and vision of the EU in the digital era.

ICT 2018, jointly organized by the Austrian Presidency of the EU and the European Commission, will take place at the Austria Center Vienna (for more information, click here). The event will also be open to European citizens, who will be able to attend conferences and talks with scientists, political actors and other professionals.
In this edition, the following actions will be highlighted:
  • A conference on digital research and innovation policies
  • An exhibition on innovative projects financed with European funds in the field of IT
  • Various networking activities
  • A “village” of innovation and stat-ups to raise awareness of European entrepreneurship.
 If you would like more information about the evolution of the event, you have at your disposal the Twitter account #ICT 2018.

 ICT 2018 conference program

This edition’s program places value on influential lecturers and debates on the EU’s digital policy.

Among others, the following topics will be covered in ICT 2018:

  • Artificial intelligence and industry transformation
  • European data economy: Big Data potential in the Digital Single Market High-Performance Computing (HPC)
  • The importance of digital skills in education
  • eGovernment

 About ICT

The European Commission has been organizing ICT events since 1998 and they have become one of the most relevant ICT innovation forums at an international level that annually brings together the most outstanding professionals of ICT research and innovation.

New ETSI OIDs for signature validation services policies

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New Draft ETSI TS 119 441 proposes new OIDs for Signature Validation Service Policy:

  • itu-t(0) identified-organization(4) etsi(0) VAL SERVICE-policies(9441) policy-identifiers(1) main (1)
  • itu-t(0) identified – organization(4) etsi(0) VAL SERVICE – policies( 9441) policy – identifiers(1) qualified (2)
That is
  • OID 0.4.0.9441.1.1 as the main policy OID for Validation Services, and
  • OID 0.4.0.9441.1.2 as the policy OID for Validation Services that identifies qualified validation services as defined in articles Articles 32 and 33 of the Regulation UE 910/2014 (EIDAS)

Article 32

Requirements for the validation of qualified electronic signatures

1.   The process for the validation of a qualified electronic signature shall confirm the validity of a qualified electronic signature provided that:

(a)

the certificate that supports the signature was, at the time of signing, a qualified certificate for electronic signature complying with Annex I;

(b)

the qualified certificate was issued by a qualified trust service provider and was valid at the time of signing;

(c)

the signature validation data corresponds to the data provided to the relying party;

(d)

the unique set of data representing the signatory in the certificate is correctly provided to the relying party;

(e)

the use of any pseudonym is clearly indicated to the relying party if a pseudonym was used at the time of signing;

(f)

the electronic signature was created by a qualified electronic signature creation device;

(g)

the integrity of the signed data has not been compromised;

(h)

the requirements provided for in Article 26 were met at the time of signing.

2.   The system used for validating the qualified electronic signature shall provide to the relying party the correct result of the validation process and shall allow the relying party to detect any security relevant issues.

3.   The Commission may, by means of implementing acts, establish reference numbers of standards for the validation of qualified electronic signatures. Compliance with the requirements laid down in paragraph 1 shall be presumed where the validation of qualified electronic signatures meets those standards. Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 48(2).

Article 33

Qualified validation service for qualified electronic signatures

1.   A qualified validation service for qualified electronic signatures may only be provided by a qualified trust service provider who:

(a)

provides validation in compliance with Article 32(1); and

(b)

allows relying parties to receive the result of the validation process in an automated manner, which is reliable, efficient and bears the advanced electronic signature or advanced electronic seal of the provider of the qualified validation service.

2.   The Commission may, by means of implementing acts, establish reference numbers of standards for qualified validation service referred to in paragraph 1. Compliance with the requirements laid down in paragraph 1 shall be presumed where the validation service for a qualified electronic signature meets those standards. Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 48(2).

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.

If you wish to know more about the International Women’s Day 2018, please click here.

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.