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Thursday 9 February, 2017


09:00 – 09:30


09:30 – 10:10

Keynote Session

Moderator: Paul Adamson, Chairman, Forum Europe

09:30 – 09:45

John Frank, Vice President EU Government Affairs, Microsoft Corporation

09:45 – 10:00

Alexander De Croo, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for the Digital Agenda, Belgium

10:00 – 10:10

Keynote Q&A

10:10 – 11:15

Free Flow of Data: Removing the barriers to cross border data flows

The European Commission says current location restrictions at member state level create inefficiencies in European data markets. The intention of the European Data Economy Communication is to combat this by supporting data localisation exemptions. Amongst the questions that were addressed, are:

• Can the market rely on a pan-EU harmonised approach?
• Will plans for the treatment of data ownership and IPR support innovation?
• How will new data economy initiatives drive and enable heterogenous data portability?
• Do plans for interoperability between platforms and providers sync with industry?
• Is legal certainty over data quality and liability adequately addressed by the Communication?
• How will the Communication interplay other DSM factors, such as the GDPR, copyright law and the net-neutrality principle?

Non-personal data is increasingly generated through IoT and M2M solutions. This raises concerns around data ownership, exploitation, transfer and its re-use beyond the original purpose for collection. This session got to the heart of these key issues.

Moderator: Hans Graux, IT Lawyer, time.lex

Pearse O'Donohue, Acting Director, Directorate E – Future Networks, DG Connect, European Commission
Hosuk Lee-Makiyama, Director, ECIPE
Thomas Boué, Director General, Policy — EMEA, BSA | The Software Alliance

11:15 – 11:30

Coffee Break

11:30 – 12:45

Delivering the Data Economy Infrastructure

The EU has launched infrastructure initiatives to progress development of its standardised data architecture. Within scope is the EU’s 5G ambitions, supercomputing capability, high-speed connectivity and high-capacity cloud plans (through the European Cloud Initiative and the European Data Infrastructure). The questions this session raised include:

• How will these initiatives deliver the connectivity Europe needs to be competitive?
• How will the European Data Infrastructure develop European industrial platforms to support an open data ecosystem?
• How should security challenges of the industrial internet be addressed?
• How will High Powered Computing (HPC) benefit innovation in Europe?
• Is there sufficient collaboration on HPC between member states?
• In the context of the H202 LEIT ICT programme, what can we expect for cloud infrastructure investment and the role of the Open Science Cloud?

Moderator: Magnus Franklin, Chief Correspondent, MLex ITM

Philippe Trautmann, EMEA Director High Performance Computing, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Thomas Skordas, Acting Director of Digital Excellence and Science Infrastructure, European Commission
Krzysztof Szubert, Plenipotentiary for International Affairs, Polish Ministry for Digital Affairs
David Osimo, Founder, Open Evidence and Osimo Associates


12:45 – 14:00


14:00 – 15:30

Designing the European Data Market

The European data market is set for rapid growth with the increase in data-driven processes and services. Big data and data analytics tools such as text and data mining, are becoming integral to the re-design of our economies.

This session focused on development of the European data market. Expert analysis of anti-trust rules emerging as a tool for European policymakers to ensure development and innovation. It assessed how “personal data vaults” can offer citizens control over commercial access to their data and the trading of data as an asset. Finally, we asked what skills development is needed to ensure Europe emerges as a data leader within the burgeoning algorithm economy.

Moderator: Lewis Crofts, Chief Correspondent, MLex

Gabriella Cattaneo, Associate Vice President European Government Consulting, IDC EMEA
Cyril Ritter, Big Data Expert, DG Competition
Paul Nemitz, Director for Fundamental Rights and Union Citizenship, DG Justice and Consumers
Joseph Azzopardi, Manager - Enterprise Data, Strategy and Business Department, Malta Information Technology Agency

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