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Žiga Turk, professor and blogger on innovation, sustainability and technology, published a blogpost on Sunday concerning efforts in South-East Europe to open up public data sources. If you offer the data, aggregated by public administrations anyhow, developers and innovators will come in and build applications on top of it, Turk writes. Turk is a member… » read more

Guest blogpost by Jakob Kucharczyk, Director of Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA). Yesterday we learnt that Google will shut down its ‘Google News’ service this year in Spain. This is just one consequence of the introduction in Spain of an ancillary copyright levy (known as the ‘AEDE levy’) affecting online services (apps and websites).… » read more

On 5th December 2014, MyN concepts and services illustrating the Human Smart Cities approach were presented at the European Foundation Centre Conference held at the European Economical and Social Committee (EESC). The conference focused on 4 particular aspects (services, partnerships, cultural heritage, technology solutions), each of them were discussed by experts in a specific panel.… » read more

What tech can do for policy

On Wednesday (19 November), EU Community joined a meetup at the European Comission which gathered different projects working within the ‘Global Systems Science’ cluster. To make a long explanation short: these are projects looking into using ICT tools and computation to figure out what is happening in policy making. They build tools to calculate the… » read more

ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft arrived at Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko on 6 August after a ten-year journey through the Solar System. The landing site, currently known as Site J and located on the smaller of the comet’s two ‘lobes’, was selected just six weeks after Rosetta arrived at the comet. The mission’s lander, Philae, will be deployed on… » read more

In Marvila, a neighbourhood from the Portuguese capital, everybody has a say in what is needed in the neighbourhood! MyN team asked Marvila’s neighbours to share their wishes, interests and needs. We listened and took notes on people’s thoughts and would like to learn even more about their wishes for a better neighbourhood. Here are… » read more

Making EU policy more efficient. That is the goal with which EU Community was launched, about one year ago. The project is built on the understanding that EU policy making is changing. More and more people engage with EU decision makers. More and more information is available. This should help us better understand the EU’s… » read more

Tackling corporate memory loss and innovation failure requires a different paradigm than that offered by social media. My previous post (Plus ça change) was, I realise now, about more than just EC corporate memory loss, but it took a comment from a reader before I realised it. Which neatly demonstrates how sharing leads to innovation.… » read more

Plus ça change …

An organisation which cannot remember cannot learn; an organisation which cannot learn cannot improve. Sometime during the EuropCom conference, I found myself listening to someone explaining how the Commission is reorganising the EUROPA site along thematic lines. “But the thematic portal architecture was adopted in 2001,” I said. He hadn’t heard – he’d only been… » read more

The other day I had the pleasure of participating as a panel member in the international Connected Vehicles conference held in Brussels. Huawei was an official sponsor of the event, along with BMW, Mini and Ertico, the European network of Intelligent Transport Systems and Services stakeholders. There were also participants from Renault, Toyota, Deutsche Telekom… » read more

Yesterday, leading European companies sent an open letter to the EU institutions calling for the successful conclusion of EU-US negotiations on the Safe Harbor. You can see the letter here: Safe Harbor Letter from European Industry Readers should be crystal clear in their minds that the Safe Harbor was not designed to help US companies… » read more

Trading activity for meaning

Last year I decided to get Information Overload under control, setting up a GTD system with a DoIt-driven morning routine and Pocket, Diigo and IFTTT to queue, store and share useful stuff. I was all set. For what, I wasn’t sure. But I was sure as hell organised. And then, a couple of days ago,… » read more

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