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Thursday 6 June, 2019


09:20 – 10:20

Opening Session: Rethinking the future of the Internet - Objectives, priorities, opportunities

The possibilities that digital technologies now offer up seem truly limitless and are at the core of Europe’s socio-economic growth. A number of threats have however emerged in our increasingly connected digital world – from personal data misuse, digital exclusion, fear of job losses, to fake news – having had negative impacts on the uptake of innovative technologies and services. Looking ahead, it is therefore vital that future developments around the Internet and its governance enhance its role as a key driver for innovation, economic growth, inclusiveness and social progress.

Moderator: Rob Van Kranenburg, Founder, Council

Pearse O'Donohue, Director, Future Networks, DG CONNECT, European Commission
Maria Rautavirta, Director, Data Business Unit at Data Department, Ministry of Transport and Communications, Finland
Elena Plexida, Vice President, Government and IGO Engagement, Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers

10:20 – 10:35

Morning Coffee Break

10:35 – 12:00

Session 2 : From the Internet of Things to the Internet of Humans: Empowering Individuals and Unleashing the Power of their Data

For Europe to fully leverage the potential of the data economy and to allow data- driven innovation to flourish, the creation of an environment of trust, confidence and empowerment in relation to the data that individuals generate is undoubtedly essential. With various cases of data privacy infringements increasingly dominating the headlines in the past few years, it is argued that individuals' relationship to their own data has evolved, with consumers and citizens now more aware and keener to manage the use of their personal data than ever.

This session will discuss how a future, open, decentralized internet can be developed in ways that serve and empower people, and the extent to which this could allow for new data-enabled businesses and social innovation models to emerge. In the context of a fully connected society, the session will ask how challenges relating to privacy, quality of user data, data sharing, data repurposing and data use limitations can be further addressed by all stakeholders in an intelligent-data economy. It will also explore the extent to which online power can be (re)distributed to humans instead of being concentrated in the hands of a small number of companies and platforms, and how all users, including the most remote or vulnerable, can have access to the same digital opportunities.

Moderator: Dan Caprio, Co-Founder, The Providence Group

Olivier Bringer, Head of Unit, Next Generation Internet, DG CONNECT, European Commission
Ceren Ünal, Regional Policy Manager- Europe, Internet Society
Guillermo Beltrà, Global Policy Director, Access Now
Esmeralde Marsman, Process Manager Client Innovation Centre, City of Rotterdam
Shiv Malik, Head of Comms & Marketing, Streamr


12:10 – 13:15

Networking Lunch

13:15 – 13:35

Tech talk: The Power of Tech: Blockchain

Blockchain is attracting enormous attention in a number of areas of technological innovation, beyond cryptography and it is believed by some players that blockchain can accelerate the evolution of the data Economy. The aim of this speech will be to explore its current applications, the challenged around its uptake, how it relates to other advanced technologies to create new business models, and how can the right environment be implemented for blockchain technologies to grow.

Matthew Van Niekerk, Co-founder and CEO, SettleMint

13:35 – 14:50

Session 3: Intelligent Technologies as drivers for new business models and revenue streams

In order to fulfill their true potential as key drivers for economic growth IoT and AI need to be considered together in a broad context as value-generators and as enablers to the sustainable creation of new business models. By merging the physical world with the digital world, IoT and AI blur the traditional boundaries between different industries, interconnecting B2B, B2C and C2C models. They enable technology companies to become players in traditional sectors and provide these sectors with the opportunity to develop new offerings thanks to the meaningful insights provided by intelligent data. Through these partnerships, more and more organizations, and individuals, are asking ask themselves “what business am I in?”

This session will identify some key examples of existing and emerging data-enabled business models by examining how IoT and AI solutions continue to positively transform businesses and services and how successful partnerships can be created. It will also explore what role new applications will play in the digital economy, how companies and individuals can prepare for future disruption and the extent to which policy decisions can help shape new cross-cutting business models by supporting an environment where these can flourish. Finally it will focus on what the ‘worker and consumer of the future’ will look like in the context of these new cross-cutting business models, where all jobs are being re-invented and the place of the human is being reimagined.

Moderator: Eline Chivot, Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Data Innovation

Michael Knott, Senior Managing Director, FTI Consulting
Monica Serrano, Head of European Affairs, Ingka Group
Dimitri Pirnay, Founder, OneBonsai
Maximilian Strotmann, Member of Cabinet of Andrus Ansip, European Commission

14:50 – 15:10

Afternoon Coffee Break

15:10 – 16:25

Session 4 : Enabling digital transformation with smart connectivity: 5G and beyond

5G has been heralded as the major driver for the growth of IoT and the future connected society - at the recent European 5G Conference, DG Connect Director General Roberto Viola described it as ‘the glue holding together all future technologies’. While 5G commercial launch is now within reach, new 5G-based ecosystems for various industrial sectors such as mobility, energy, health or media are expected to develop in the next few years and connectivity technologies will further evolve in the next decade.

5G standardisation is continuing and research on ‘what’s beyond 5G’ has started. The aim is to provide advanced smart connectivity both for Next Generation Internet services for citizens and for mainstreaming the industrial Internet. For 5G and beyond to deliver on this potential, it needs to be able to access enough spectrum, needs the right technology mix to be available and an innovative, flexible and forward-looking approach from regulators .

This session will look at the technology frontiers of 5G, and beyond, and the challenges to be addressed in the next decade. It will also look at emerging business models and opportunities for regulatory innovation to fuel the digital transformation.

Moderator: Vesela Gladicheva, Senior Correspondent, Telecoms, Media and IT, MLex

Peter Stuckmann, Head of Unit, Future Connectivity Systems, DG Connect, European Commission
Björn Blondell, Head of Market Development, PTS Sweden
Karl Pihl, Head of European Affairs Office, Ericsson
Robert MacDougall, Head of Enterprise Public Policy, Vodafone
Marco Giordani, Information Engineering Department, University of Padova

16:25 – 17:35

Session 5: IoT, 5G and Cybersecurity: Securing a complex and dynamic digital ecosystem

In today’s interdependent and interconnected world, the security of smart devices and networks, and the resilience of the entire value-chain are crucial to fully harness the benefits of the IoT revolution. As cyber threats grow in number and increasingly vary in nature, now is a crucial time to step up the pace of collaborative activities to tackle vulnerabilities and protect the digital ecosystem – especially in the age of the Industrial Internet and ahead of the roll-out of 5G.

This session will explore the cyber security implications of a future Internet that is distributed, dynamic and heterogeneous, and what needs to be considered on both technical, standardisation, and regulatory levels to ensure end-to-end security. It will examine the main security challenges and opportunities met by vertical industries that are becoming increasingly reliant on connectivity as operations become more data driven – including CNI operators.

Central to the debate will be the new security challenges brought by the ability of 5G networks to support more users, devices and more bandwidth and a discussion on the recommendations released by the European Commission in March 2019 which include a set of common actions to assess cybersecurity risks of 5G networks. Speakers will also focus on the possible opportunities offered by emerging technologies for the management of future cyber threats and ensure the integrity of the value chain of technology solutions. Finally, they will discuss whether the current cyber security regulatory framework is fit for Europe’s future intelligent and connected ecosystem, and explore progress made in relation to cyber security standardisation initiatives, IoT products certification and labelling – in Europe and in cooperation with global partners.

Moderator: Dan Caprio, Co-Founder, The Providence Group

Nikos Isaris, Deputy Head of Unit, Future Network - Internet of Things, European Commission
Liga Rozentale, Director of EU Governmental Affairs for Cybersecurity Policy, Microsoft
Natalie Samovich, Co-founder and Managing Director of Enercoutim, Chair of WG on Smart Energy, AIOTI
Johannes Nitschke, Senior Director EU Government Affairs, Siemens



Thursday 6 June, 2019
09.00 to 17.45




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