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EU commitment for Digital Technologies in Development policy

The European Council adopts conclusions on ‘Mainstreaming digital solutions and technologies in EU development policy’ and reaffirms the EU and Member States’ commitment to support Digital Technologies and Services in developing countries as powerful enablers of inclusive growth and sustainable development, as stated in the new European Consensus on Development.

Digitalisation is an essential driver for achieving the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It can contribute to achieving progress in areas such as gender equality, good governance and the rule of law, migration, health, education, agriculture, energy and climate change, and sustainable job creation. Digital for Development will follow a rights-based approach encompassing all human rights and freedoms, promote democratic governance and the rule of law.

Moreover the Council welcomes the publication of the Commission Staff Working Document on Digital4Development (D4D), which provides a framework for mainstreaming digitalisation into EU development policy and identifies four priority areas with an immediate focus mainly in Africa. In this direction the Council underlines the need to promote D4D as a comprehensive framework in all developing countries focusing on those where digital needs and opportunities are the greatest.

In the document conclusions the Council invites the Commission to swiftly implement the D4D approach through a series of concrete and demand-driven actions to be launched during the 2017-2020 period. It further calls on the Commission to bring successful pilot projects to scale. For this reason the EU Council looks forward to progress in developing digital infrastructure, promoting e-governance and digital skills, strengthening the digital economy and fostering start-up ecosystems. Digital start-ups in creative and cultural industries should also be promoted in accordance with the principles of sustainable development.

The private sector plays a critical role in promoting digital for development, in particular in terms of investments, innovation, market knowledge and expertise. The Council underlines the importance of leveraging additional sources of funding, and welcomes in that regard the launch of the External Investment Plan and the creation of a dedicated investment window on digitalisation within the European Fund for Sustainable Development as a major innovative tool to mobilise public and private investment and to support the digital economy in partner countries. Finally the Council stresses the importance of mainstreaming digitalisation in all other investment windows in order to create synergies.

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Croatia joins EU next generation supercomputers project

We are very pleased that Croatia joins this ambitious European project. Supercomputers are increasingly used to solve complex societal challenges that need large computational efforts, such as DNA sequencing, early detection and treatment of diseases, climate modelling and cryptography. We encourage other Member States and countries associated to the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme to participate too and sign the declaration”. Said vice-President Ansip, responsible for the Digital Single Market, and Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society.

Croatia is the 13th country to sign the European declaration on high-performance computing (HPC). The initiative aims at developing European high-performance computers that would rank among the world’s top three by 2022-2023. Croatian Minister for Science and Education Blaženka Divjak signed the declaration this morning in BrusselswithRoberto Viola, Director General of European Commission’s DG CONNECT. HPC is a strategic resource for the future of EU’s scientific leadership and industrial competitiveness. The EuroHPC declaration was originally launched in March 2017 during the Digital Day and signed by France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain. Five other countries have since joined the initiative: Belgium in June, Slovenia in July, Bulgaria and Switzerland in October and Greece in November. The signatories of this declaration have committed to work together to establish a world-class high-performance computing ecosystem capable of at least 1018 calculations per second (so-called exascale computers).

Technology embedded in every aspect of working life

Dr Joseph Reger Fujitsu’s EMEA CTO

Technology already surrounds us in the workplace, but we are about to enter an age where it will become embedded in every aspect of working life.

In the vison of Fujitsu’s Work place by 2025,artificial intelligence will deliver a huge leap forwards in enhancing the employee experience, by generating new levels of insight into employee behavior, preferences and context. AI will also play a key role in defending against an escalating cyber security threat, which will increase in sophistication as more areas of the business – from the office entry system to the coffee machine – become connected to the Internet of Things.

As Dr Joseph Reger Fujitsu’s EMEA CTO  explained:  “The security strategy for larger corporations makes it difficult for them to engage with smaller organisations and they are not willing to open up their critical systems to a level that makes it more vulnerable. Instead they will look to work with partners that have trusted systems that enable this collaboration”.

Fujitsu Forum 2017

 

At Fujitsu forum 2017 in Munich we asked to Dr. Reger the human aspects of technology:

  • How IT today is closer to human being?

Fujitsu is a company where responsible business conduct is very important, it is in the company values, and the company rules on how we behave and conduct business. The responsible business require thinking about the consequences of the technologies that we developed and the way we use it or the customer use it. In the early development when we discovered a particular development can cause certain ethical issues we feel obliged to look at the problem that can arise and what can be done to control or at least discuss them. AI is in a development stage today, for this reason we need to discuss and have a societal debate on the consequences, not only because such a powerful technology can be used as a weapon but also for other ethical consequences such as the job market aspects.

  • Could you explain the concept of Human Centric intelligent Society?

Fujitsu arrive at an important pillars in the technology strategy that needs to be human centric. The humans are in the centre of our interest. Our technology development is intended to help people to have better life, more comfortable life but also is addressing the big issue that human society has in terms of complexity we created in urban areas and so on. We clearly recognise that there is a need to use information technology to improve that situation. The humankind built an infrastructure that is not serving only our needs but also putting the human actor in the centre.

Watch the full interview:

Henry Borzi

Cyber security need co-operation ecosystem

At Fujitsu Forum 2017, Tatsuya Tanaka representative Director and President Fujitsu explained how in cyber security a co-operation ecosystem and co-creation approach with customer is key to fight cyber-attacks.

We asked to President Tanaka the Fujitsu strategy on cybersecurity.

Henry Borzi

Fujitsu Cyber Threat Intelligence Service

 

Cyber security has become one of the leading boardroom issues. According to a recent report1by global insurer Lloyds of London, attacks on computer operating systems run by a large number of businesses around the world could cause losses of $28.7 billion in terms of their financial, economic and insurance impact.

Fujitsu announced the availability of its Cyber Threat Intelligence(CTI) service in Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa (EMEIA) region. Fujitsu’sCyber Threat Intelligence teams perform thorough, ongoing monitoring and assessment of the threat landscape, bringing together threat intelligence data from a broad range of sources.

Rob Norris, Head of Enterprise and Cyber Security at Fujitsu in EMEIA, said :“Being online is the lifeblood for all organizations today and it is critical to remain online, and protect the integrity of your systems and your data even when you’re under attack from cyber criminals. Nobody should underestimate the catastrophic damage that a cyberattack can cause starting with a simple slip, such as opening an infected email. The nature and scale of cyber threats is changing so fast that traditional security solutions on their own are no longer enough to provide adequate protection. What we give our customers with the CTI service is a comprehensive view of their security posture, thorough analysis of security risks and actionable information because today, being unprepared for a cyber attack can easily put a company out of business.

  • What challenges customers are facing in cyber security?

Today we have more target attacks in terms of specific individuals certainly, the more sophisticated attackers would identify key people and they would go after them. What the hackers do is doing a lot of research before attacking specific people. This situation probably account for 3-4% of the attacks, but the majority of attacks are still random. Therefore, cyber-attacks are normally done via official emails or by scanning the network structure and looking for defence entry. What we see in terms of attacks are the small businesses because of the easiness of launching a cyber-attack. It is as easy going on the web and purchase procurement target organization. Attacking small businesses and individuals and more they are after their financial information and personal information they can actually sell on the the dark web. You can pay as little as 5$ for some financial information up to 30-40$ for personal information.

  • What about cyber security and cloud services?

There are the same risk using cloud services. With cloud services, I need to know where the data reside and if the data are encrypted. Certainly, these are the principal questions we have to ask to our self in terms of how secure are the data and we need to ask the same questions to the cloud host provider.

  • Recently Fujitsu won a European projects on the framework of Horizon 2020 on the theme of Industrial IT and cyber security.

We have a factory in Augsburg where we are working specifically on IoT security and we have our own Iot competencies centre settled in Germany. With the European Parliament, we are looking in terms on what we are able to do on Cyber security. We are leading a European project with a number of organisations where we are looking on IoT security. One of the Key things would be weather there is a legislation or not and we need to settle certain security standard with IoT devices apply to everybody. For example, when you buy a device and you go on internet you need from the first day to change a password. Simple standards would help in terms of security of IoT devices.

  • How important is the education on data protection?

I think that is very important. If you look on data protection and the work you need to do in terms of protecting data, I think it is only now that people start to understand the importance of data protection. It is like an insurance policy. Many organisations think cyber-attack could happen to somebody else while it could happen to them. The organizations need to understand and carefully manage the risk of threat exposure and constantly test and make sure their defences are continually up to date. Preparation is the key. In the event of a cyber-attack, a response and recovery plan makes all the difference in minimizing the impact of the attack. What personal data they hold on individuals? Where is that data be stored? In the Cloud, in the country that operate? Can I easily access to that information? Is that information encrypted? These are the principles of data protection that need to be enforced.

 Henry Borzi

Fujitsu unveil the digital co-creation

This year at the annual Fujitsu Forum in Munich 8/9 November 2017, the theme was the digital co-creation and the latest digital technology to create new possibilities for business and society.

Duncan Tait Senior Executive Vice President and Head of EMEA and Americas at Fujitsu, gave an update on some significant changes we are seeing in the market. “Today in order to succeed It’s vital not to be held back by a culture of fear, and to have the right partners in place.” This was also echoed by, Jo De Vliegher, Chief Information Officer, Norsk Hydro and Olivier Onclin, Chief Operating Officer, Belfius. “There was broad agreement that a successful execution of a digital strategy is a cultural change; it means collaborating in a new way by going beyond traditional vendor-client relationships; it needs co-creation. You also need to equip people with the new skills. You must be digital on the inside and on the outside.”

Co-creation is based on the concept that customized solutions are no longer more expensive than mass production. “Customized solutions are increasingly essential to a business remaining competitive, because it is possible and expected to tailor outputs to individual needs.” Explained Tait: “We are seeing the emergence of new ways of generating and analysing data. This is especially the case with advances we are making in the Internet of Things and new ways of leveraging all this data are emerging, in the form of Artificial Intelligence. This leads to the development of new, connected ecosystems, centred around delivering genuine value.”

For Fujitsu to realize a digital vision, it is crucial that businesses have the right skills, processes, partnerships and technology in place. With digital disruption rapidly changing the business landscape, businesses cannot afford to fail in their transformation.

Future workplace 2025

The Fujitsu vison for the workplace in 2025, will be a space for collaboration, creativity and engagement where Artificial Intelligence will be a key driver. As that shift occurs over the next eight years, it will mean that many of today’s working practices, productivity tools and physical environments become obsolete.  The office of today will quickly look and feel out of date and companies that do not modernize will be unattractive to employees. These factors will lead to a new war for talent.

What can companies do? Fujitsu, defined four strategic elements needed for successful digital transformation called PACT or People, Actions, Collaboration and Technology.

While 90% of business are trying to broaden their digital expertise, it is alarming that almost three-quarters (70%) of organizations say that there is still a clear lack of digital skills across their organization. Actions and Behaviours are perceived to be the most significant part of digital transformation, but the fear of failure is marring the success of digital.

Building the digital workplace of the future is not just about technology it is about creating working environments to continue to attract employees with the right skills.

A co-operation ecosystem is key. Duncan Tait announced that Fujitsu will open two digital transformation centers in Munich and New York so that customers and partners can benefit from a single co-creation approach with Fujitsu. Both of these will be key in achieving Fujitsu’s vision of a more prosperous society as outlined by Tatsuya Tanaka, Representative Director and President, Fujitsu. Following this vision Fujitsu is stepping out of the boundaries of a traditional ICT company, by bringing innovation to agriculture, manufacturing and financial services through co-creation.

For Fujitsu and our customers, digital co-creation proposes a unique approach utilizing digital technologies. It brings together innovative Fujitsu technology and expertise with unique customer know-how and it enables customers to master digital transformation by creating new solutions to business challenges. Every organization has its own unique challenges and therefore every journey is different. “Concluded Mr Tait.

Henry Borzi

IEA: digitalisation will transform global energy system

“Digitalization is blurring the lines between supply and demand,” said IEA Executive Director Dr Fatih Birol. “The electricity sector and smart grids are at the centre of this transformation, but ultimately all sectors across both energy supply and demand – households, transport and industry – will be affected.”

Digital technologies are set to transform the global energy system in coming decades, making it more connected, reliable and sustainable. This will have a profound and lasting impact on both energy demand and supply, according to a new report by the International Energy Agency (IEA), Digitalization & Energy.

In this first comprehensive report on the interplay between digitalization and energy, the IEA analyses how digitalization is transforming energy systems. From the rise of connected devices at home, to automated industrial production processes and smart mobility, digital technologies are increasingly changing how, where and when energy is consumed.

More than 1 billion households and 11 billion smart appliances could participate in interconnected electricity systems by 2040, thanks to smart meters and connected devices. This would allow homes to alter when and how much they draw electricity from the grid. Demand-side responses – in building, industry and transport – could provide 185 GW of flexibility, and avoid USD 270 billion of investment in new electricity infrastructure.

With the help of smart thermostats, the IEA report finds that smart lighting and other digital tools, buildings could reduce their energy use by 10% by using real-time data to improve operational efficiency. Meanwhile, massive amounts of data, ubiquitous connectivity, and rapid progress in Artificial Intelligence and machine learning are enabling new applications and business models across the energy system, from autonomous cars and shared mobility to 3D printing and connected appliances.

The same transformation is taking place in how energy is produced – from smart oil fields to interconnected grids, and increasingly, renewable power. Digital technologies could help integrate higher shares of variable renewables into the grid by better matching energy demand to solar and wind supplies. Energy supply sectors also stand to gain from greater productivity and efficiency, as well as improved safety for workers.

In parallel with these opportunities, digitalization is raising new security and privacy risks, as well as disrupting markets, businesses and employment. While the growth of the “Internet of Things” could herald significant benefits in terms of energy efficiency to households and industries, it also increases the range of energy targets for cyber-attacks. Such attacks have had limited impact so far, but they are also becoming cheaper and easier to organize.

To help understand and deal with this fast-evolving landscape, the report concludes with 10 no-regret policy recommendations, as sound policy and market design will be critical in steering a digitally enhanced energy system along a more efficient, secure, accessible and sustainable path.

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