Our duty as lawmakers is to find a balance between creators and the justified interests of society. Yet that balance is changing. Transforming technology is changing how people use and re-use information. And disrupting a longstanding legal framework. What should a sound EU copyright system do?
The intergroup on the Digital Agenda is an informal network of Members of European Parliament, cross-party and cross-nationality, who are interested in digital technologies and in how they can benefit society. “We recognise the profound impact that digital technologies have on the lives of people. We wish to take an active role in shaping that impact and smart policies by improving the knowledge of the functioning and impact of technologies,” says Schaake (ALDE). Weidenholzer (S&D) adds: “The Digital Single Market offers great opportunities. This intergroup will strive for policies that realise the potential while ensuring the privacy and data protection rights of European citizens.”
On 28 May, the Czech National Convent on the European Union made several recommendations for the area of the European Digital Agenda. Among others, the National Convent recommended to dedicate Digital Agenda policy to only one agency, to remove obstacles to cross-border online trade as quickly as possible, to adhere to the principle of digital by default, and to have open-source software requirement as a standard component of tenders. The recommendations and background paper are available in English at the end of this page.
The European Commission is imminently expected to commence a public consultation on the subject of online platforms as part of the Commission’s Digital Single Market strategy.
The consultation may be of particular interest to technology companies operating online platforms, rights holders, major users of online platforms (such as banks), data providers (such as market data or demographic data companies) and consumer or digital rights groups.
The draft of the consultation paper, containing 92 questions, has been leaked onto the Internet here.
Daily information on the monitoring the implementation of the Digital Agenda of Italy is available online. The implementation of the Agenda is being monitored by the Agenzia per l’Italia Digitale (AGID). Among the relevant data available at the beginning of June 2016 on various fields of application, the following can be highlighted.
SPID: on June 2016, 3 identity providers accredited; 64.470 SPID identities provided; 401 types of services made available by SPID;
Electronic payment: 13.850 public administration offices involved; total transactions up to April 2016 were 350.114
Digital civil registry: in the pilot phase, 26 Municipalities activated; 6,5 millions of citizens involved
Electronic invoice: 35 millions of invoices managed
Open Data: 10.348 datasets of public administration made accessible
Digital competence: 105 projects activated
Digital health dossier: 9 Regional governments joined the interoperability system; in 7 Regional governments the service has already been activated;