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MyN Project Meeting in Aalborg

Posted by on 01/03/15

The beautiful city of Aalborg welcomed again the MyNeighbourhood partners on February 24th and 25th for two intense days of discussion on the achievements of the project and the road ahead. 



During the first day, the four pilots (Aalborg, Birmingham, Lisbon and Milan) presented their work at the local level and how they have helped improving the daily life and communities of their neighbourhoods. The MyNeighbourhood platform was also discussed, in particular how users can engage with it and organise activities with other neighbours.



On the second day, the partners exchanged views on the status of the project in each Work Package, including policy recommendations, how to further disseminate the project and the future steps to take to ensure the continuous success of the project.



Want to learn more about MyNeighbourhood? Visit our blog and click here to get involved on the platform and in your neighbourhood!



Technology: boosting the impact of news

Posted by on 22/02/15
Guest blogpost by Wilfried Ruetten, director of the European Journalism Centre, ahead of the News Impact Summit Brussels discussing new tools and approaches to cover the European Union. It is the business of journalism to generate and distribute relevant information, and its future depends on how well we manage to launch new journalistic products and [...]

The UK’s GDS meltdown couldn’t happen in Brussels, right?

Posted by on 22/02/15
I freely admit: I’ve been a fanboy of the UK’s Government Delivery Service (GDS) since studying their design principles. Those principles are still good. Everything else, it turns out, was not. I was not the only information architect in Brussels dazzled a few years ago by GDS’ approach which, according to internal reports seen by [...]

EurActory ‘shows progress’ on evidence-based policy-making [VIDEO]

Posted by on 15/02/15

EurActory, the directory that gathers information about experts on EU affairs, was recently launched in beta at the European Parliament. Of course, you already knew that.

Above is the video we recorded at the event, including statements of the supporters behind the project.

“Anything that we can do to make policy-making more transparent and more evidence-based is very important,” John Magan, deputy head of unit, digital science, at the European Commission, commented. The EU Commission is supporting the project under the FP7 research & innovation budget.

Karl Cox, Vice President of Public Policy and Corporate Affairs at Oracle, explained that “there’s a lot of great information out there”, but “the difficulty is getting the information which is most relevant to each one of the stakeholders”. Oracle is a private partner of this public-private partnership.

The platform was released to get feedback from the community of EU experts, making future development open and collaborative. You can have a look at the platform here, create your expert profile and give us your feedback.


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TTIP can help reap the rewards of the ‘Internet of Things’

Posted by on 11/02/15
By John Higgins The Internet of Things – also known as Industry 4.0 –  is rapidly becoming reality, driven by the convergence of increasingly connected devices.  TTIP, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, can help reap the rewards it promises.

Can we use your data?

Posted by on 09/02/15

How can you put data to good use while respecting users’ concerns about their personal data protection? It’s a question that many projects are confronted with when digging into all kinds of data sources.

Already, big data is triggering innovation across different sectors in Europe. Businesses in the retail sector, for instance, started looking into big data early on to tailor their products. Researchers across Europe use data to crack the nut on societal, scientific and other issues. Journalists and media are discovering data tools to find stories and understand the bigger picture.

But citizens’ concerns on data usage have skyrocketed at the same time.

Revelations made by Edward Snowden in 2013 showed that government agencies were snooping on citizens’ data. It led to a huge public debate on big data and the Orwellian effects of algorithms controlling our behaviour (illustrated by The Guardian’s piece titled ‘How algorithms rule the world’). The debate on the virtues and dangers of big data also confronted European policymakers with a challenge to better protect the privacy of their citizens.

On Wednesday 4 February, the Irish data research consortium Insight pitched a ‘Magna Carta for Data‘ to EU policy-makers: a set of basic principles to guide new lawmaking on data, data protection and the benefits of big data analysis.

It’s a search for a society-wide consensus on the treatment of data. It could guide the way industries use this information and what applications it can have for society, the researchers argued.

EU Community was present at the conference.

A Magna Carta for Data means: striking a balance between data analysis benefits & data protection. #MagnaCartaforData @insight_centre #data

— EU Community (@EU_Community) February 4, 2015

So what does this mean for EU Community, our project which aims to connect the dots and put to use open and public data sources to facilitate the understanding of European policy-making.

Last week, we launched EurActory, the first tool to identify relevant EU experts. Ever since we started designing the tool in early 2014, we have spoken to many users who asked us why they would want to connect their social media accounts to their expert profile. Why they would grant us insights into their connections on Twitter, for instance, or why we wanted to access their details on LinkedIn.

EU Community has been aware of the great sensitivity that comes with designing a platform based on social media and other data.

How about this: we present our set of basic principles that ensure your data is used in correct ways.

  1. No personal data are processed for purposes other than the purpose for which they are collected. All data used by EU Community for analysis is used with the single purpose: to evaluate a policy-maker, policy influencer, policy analyst or policy document’s relevance on an area of EU policy.
  2. Our database is encrypted and secure. Your private data will not be accessible to external users, as it’s kept under lock and key.
  3. Public data is public, private data is private. Users visiting your EurActory profile will never see more in the LinkedIn box or the Twitter box than what they’d see when they visit your Twitter wall or LinkedIn profile. It’s up to you whether you want to link your account(s) to EurActory.
  4. Your personal data will not be collected nor retained beyond the minimum necessary for each specific purpose of the processing. EU Community’s philosophy is to connect the dots of public information elsewhere. This means we store very little information but rather ask other services for an update every so often. That counts for personal data, too.
  5. Your personal data will not be (1) disseminated to commercial third parties, (2) sold or (3) rented out. We have a Chinese wall set up between what’s publicly accessible and accessible via the API on the one side, and what’s personal or private on the other. Anything that has to do with commercial activities finds itself on the former side.

This list is inspired by the European Parliament’s proposed rules on processing personal data (which is pending Council’s approval) and the UK’s Data Protection Principles (which were passed in – yes – 1998).

Share your thoughts: what are the basic principles that should guide data use and data protection in Europe? And what would you add to our list?

  • Share your comments below
  • Email communitymanager [at] euractiv [dot] com
  • Tweet @EU_Community using #expertinput

We thank all the users and experts that contacted us on this issue and guide our understanding of the balance between needs and concerns on data.

More info:

Coding the City of Tomorrow

Posted by on 09/02/15

By Tony Graziano, Vice-President of Huawei’s EU Public Affairs Office

Wouldn’t it be handy to know which of the people participating in the same event as you share your interests? Well, now there’s an app for that. Thanks to the winning team at the EU-China App Hackathon, the COCOFFEE app will soon enable us to network more efficiently at conferences, by connecting with other participants based on common interests. The project, jointly developed by Dawid Cieślak from Warsaw in Poland and Li Yanzhong from Guangzhou in China, was just awarded the first prize at the final event of the InnoApps competition.

The contest, which we organised together with EYIF, challenged candidates to design mobile applications contributing to making our cities smarter. Adding a new twist to this year’s contest, young participants from Europe and China paired up through an online platform. During the ‘hackathon’, the six finalist teams met in Brussels to jointly develop their apps.

Building bridges out of ones and zeros

When young coders reach out to their peers on the other side of the globe to reinvent the way we live, the results are bound to amaze. This week’s ‘hackathon’ was an illustration of how we can foster innovation by enabling talented young people to make the most of their potential, creating the right connections and stimulating interactive learning.

Today’s generation of young graduates starts out in working life with a most valuable asset, but facing an unprecedented challenge – in other words, the stakes are high, both for them and for us. Those digital natives are equipped, almost from birth, with skills that generations like mine had to work hard to acquire, and connecting with others to share ideas has never been easier.

Transforming those ideas into actual business projects, however, means navigating an increasingly complex working environment in which the requirements are as varied as the opportunities on offer. A technology-driven, globalised marketplace involves an increasing need for intercultural competencies, a knowledge of several languages, the constant upgrading of technical skills, as well as a feel for networking and an ability to think outside the box.

In Europe, the coexistence of high youth unemployment with a shortage of skilled ICT workers indicates that educational systems are struggling to adapt to this rapidly changing business environment.

Helping young people help themselves – and others

The private sector can make an important contribution to bridging this gap. As a global innovation leader, Huawei has recognised the key role it can play in giving a leg up to young people with an innovative mindset. The annual InnoApps contest is one of our flagship initiatives for young Europeans seeking to start their own ICT business.

Our Telecom Seeds for the Future Programme is another key example of our approach to skills training. Currently covering 18 European countries, the programme enables talented undergraduates to receive hands-on work experience at Huawei’s global headquarters in China, providing them with important insights into the workings of a global ICT company. Over 400 young Europeans have participated in the initiative so far.

‘As you sow so shall you reap’, the saying goes. Providing incentives for creating tools that make city life easier, greener and more inclusive for all of us is certainly a rewarding experience. As our InnoApps winners keep raising the bar for those following in their footsteps, what might next year’s winning app look like?

Watch this space!

MyN@Connected Smart Cities Conference

Posted by on 03/02/15

MyN has been showcased at the Connected Smart Cities Conference organised by ENoLL (European Network of Living Labs) in Brussels on 22 January, 2015.


The conference covered the following topics:

  • Interoperability, harmonisation of APIs, solutions portability, avoid vendor lock-in.
  • Connected Smart cities at national, regional and European level: National networks and their local work. Using the Integrated territorial investments of the structural funds to establish national and local smart city collaboration
  • Models for holistic procurement – the Smart City innovation ecosystem booster
  • Citizen engagement and tools. Standardised measurements systems and performance indicators.
  • From smart city pilots to deployment. Exploring the concept City as a Living Lab.
  • The communities (open source developers, coders, citizens). Labs and hubs in cities. Fostering community-driven innovation and entrepreneurship.

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Crunch time! EurActory beta goes live

Posted by on 30/01/15

Yesterday was crunch time for EurActory, EU Community’s first tool to identify relevant EU experts.

EurActiv, partner in the project, held an event at the European Parliament dubbed #Media4EU. Suddenly, we found ourselves surrounding by 150+ potential users, eager to take a peek at the platform.

MEPs like Siegfried Muresan and Brando Benifei. Former EU Commissioners like Siim Kallas and Connie Hedegaard. Businesses reps like Karl Cox (Oracle) and Chris Sherwood (Allegro). Or media reps like Tom Weingärtner (API) or Max von Abendroth (EMMA).

All of them, and many others, in the room.

So we pitched them EurActory…




EurActory is now open for user feedback. Caution: it’s a beta! That means bugs may occur when you’re browsing the platform. But we wanted to open it up to users, get your input and make sure we shape the service to what you are looking for.

Visit the homepage. Type a search query and see what comes up. Read about how to get in the directory. And give us your feedback.




EurActory was initiated by EurActiv, is coordinated by the leading IT Solutions group Intrasoft and is developed by a consortium of eight organisations as part of the project EU Community (info).

EU Community is co-funded by the European Commission’s DG CONNECT under the Seventh Framework Programme for Research (FP7). Oracle is a Partner of this public-private partnership project.



The service will be continuously developed, as more and more EU experts and professionals discover it. The platform was released to get feedback from the community of EU experts, making future development open and collaborative.






New tool for EU Experts – EurActory: let’s recap

Posted by on 28/01/15

EU Community will launch the beta version of its first, free service EurActory on 29 January at the European Parliament. But first, we explain the idea one ‘frequently asked question’ at a time.


FAQ7 – Hold on, let’s recap

In the past few days, we have written about EurActory and what it is for. About which profiles you can expect to find on EurActory… and whether you’re included. About the features we’ll release in the coming months. Or about the people building EurActory behind the scenes.

Here’s all of that, and more, in a nutshell:

Share, tweet or link to our video if you like it. We’d love to hear your thoughts!


EU Community on TwitterLinkedInFacebook


New tool for EU experts – What is EU Community?

Posted by on 26/01/15

EU Community will launch the beta version of its first, free service EurActory on 29 January at the European Parliament. But first, we explain the idea one ‘frequently asked question’ at a time.


FAQ6 – What is EU Community?

More and more people are engaged in the public debate, through a variety of platforms. This has broadened the conversation and spurred transparency. But policy makers are overwhelmed by the growing amount of press releases, reports, opinions, or tweets.

EU Community works to transform this public sphere into a collaborative community for of EU policy professionals.

How will that work? The EU Community team is developing a series of services and tools to structure and visualise this information on people and documents.

All services are designed in open format and will:

  • provide analytics and visual intelligence on EU policy making;
  • allow you to grasp what others in the EU Community think;
  • allow you to share your expertise with others more efficiently and openly;
  • will save you time.

EurActory is a first tool in development; others will follow soon.

Combining community input with new technology, EU Community will make EU policy making more efficient, EU Community input more relevant and EU working life more productive.


EU Community on TwitterLinkedInFacebook


New tool for EU experts – Who is behind EurActory?

Posted by on 23/01/15

EU Community will launch the beta version of its first, free service EurActory on 29 January at the European Parliament. But first, we explain the idea one ‘frequently asked question’ at a time.


FAQ5 – Who is behind EurActory?

At the very beginning of the project, the initiators were confronted with a challenge. The tools and applications on the table would require topnotch technology experts just as much as creative policy experts.

Having useful apps would require people who understand data, tech and development to team up with people who know the EU policy-making process… and know the community of EU experts.

EurActory is developed by a consortium of eight organisations as part of EU Community. EU Community is initiated by, coordinated by Intrasoft and executed together with the other consortium members which are leading research centres and ICT enterprises.

The consortium includes:

EU Community is co-funded by the European Commission’s directorate general for communications networks, content & technology, known as DG CONNECT. It won a Call for Proposals under the Seventh Framework Programme for Research(FP7).


EU Community on TwitterLinkedInFacebook


New tool for EU experts – What will EurActory look like in the future?

Posted by on 22/01/15

EU Community will launch the beta version of its first, free service EurActory on 29 January at the European Parliament. But first, we explain the idea one ‘frequently asked question’ at a time.


FAQ4 – What will EurActory look like in the future?

Next week, we release the ‘beta version’ of EurActory: a first version, designed to cater to EU professionals’ first needs and to trigger feedback to make it a better tool.

Our next move is ranking. We are working on a sophisticated ranking system, to launch early 2015, which will allow you to identify the most relevant experts per EU policy field within seconds.

To do this, EurActory is developing an algorithm that takes into account a person’s organisational standing, online and offline connections, peer-rated credibility, professional experience and other criteria. This ranking system will be released in full transparency.

EurActory will show which experts have built up a credibility on certain policy topics. Which experts stand out. The system will be rolled out after thorough double-checking the algorithm to make it match the actual world of EU affairs as much as possible.

EU Community will focus on our three pilot topics first, starting with developing the ranking feature for the topic Energy Union.

If you’re curious, connect on social media and you’ll know all about it as soon as the time is right.


EU Community on TwitterLinkedInFacebook


New tool for EU experts – EurActory: Why am I not in there?

Posted by on 21/01/15

EU Community will launch the beta version of its first, free service EurActory on 29 January at the European Parliament. But first, we explain the idea one ‘frequently asked question’ at a time.

FAQ3 – Why am I not in there?

EurActory currently has over 10,000 experts on EU policy. These are mostly sourced from the EU’s open databases of people working at (and with) the institutions.

When you discover EurActory, on 29 January, it’s possible that you don’t have an expert profile yet. The team behind EurActory could not find your details in the databases that we have integrated.

Not to worry though: you can help us by telling us about yourself and what you do.

Registered users can create a profile on the platform, connect their social media accounts and ‘Create an expert profile’. This will then be checked by one of EU Community’s moderators, after which your profile will appear in the list of experts.


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Google condamné ! Et sur le droit à l’oubli…

Posted by on 20/01/15

Google doit respecter le droit à l’oubli depuis mai 2014 et l’arrêt de la Cour de justice européenne. Le moteur de recherche a été sommé par le tribunal de grande instance de Paris fin décembre de respecter le droit à l’oubli d’une internaute. Cette dernière souhaitait déréférencer un article faisant référence à une condamnation ancienne.

Ce n’est pas la première fois, déjà le 16 septembre 2014, en France, Google a été condamné pour avoir ignoré le droit à l’oubli. Cette fois, le tribunal de grande instance de Paris a enjoint le moteur de recherche à retirer un lien de ses résultats de recherche. Le jugement a été rendu en décembre 2014. La plaignante accusait Google d’afficher un article relatant sa condamnation pour escroquerie, qui datait de 2006. D’après elle, la présence de ce lien dans les résultats de recherche liés à son nom nuisait à sa recherche d’emploi. Lors d’une première tentative de retrait, elle a utilisé le nouveau formulaire de droit à l’oubli de Google. Peine perdue: en septembre 2014, sa demande a été rejetée, le moteur de recherche jugeant l’article d’intérêt public.

L’internaute a alors porté cette affaire devant la justice et a eu gain de cause le mois dernier. Le tribunal de grande instance de Paris a estimé que la plaignante était en droit de réclamer le déréférencement de cet article de presse. Il a notamment retenu pour argument l’ancienneté de l’affaire: il s’est écoulé près de 8 ans entre la publication de l’article et le dépôt de la plainte. La juge a également précisé que cette condamnation pour escroquerie ne figurait pas sur le bulletin n°3 du casier judiciaire de la plaignante, un document auquel ont accès les potentiels employeurs, et n’avait donc pas sa place dans les résultats de recherche de Google.

Le principe de droit à l’oubli a été consacré par la Cour de justice de l’Union européenne en mai 2014. Selon cette décision, les internautes peuvent demander la suppression de liens vers des pages Internet comportant des données personnelles «inadéquates, non pertinentes ou excessives» dans les résultats de recherche associée à leur nom. Cet arrêt est cité dans la décision prise à l’encontre de l’internaute française en question. Néanmoins, Google a aussi le droit de refuser une demande de droit à l’oubli, s’il juge la demande infondée. En France, il a refusé la suppression de 52% des liens soumis via son formulaire. Un internaute débouté peut dès lors de tourner vers la justice ou la CNIL afin qu’elles jugent à leur tour du bien-fondé de sa requête.

Ce n’est pas à proprement parler la première fois que la justice française corrige le verdict de Google. «Une décision de septembre 2014 a été présentée, à tort, comme étant la première condamnation pour droit à l’oubli en France», précise Romain Darrière, avocat de la plaignante, au Figaro. D’après lui, il s’agit d’une «mauvaise interprétation». L’affaire portait sur une demande de déréférencement de propos diffamatoires, donc contraires à la loi. Google a déjà été condamné à plusieurs reprises au retrait de contenus illégaux. En 2013, la justice lui avait par exemple ordonné de retirer de ses résultats de recherche français neuf clichés érotiques mettant en scène Max Mosley, ancien patron de la Fédération internationale de l’automobile. «Au contraire, dans son ordonnance du 19 décembre 2014, le tribunal de grande instance de Paris a bien rappelé que l’article litigieux n’était pas illicite en soi», explique Romain Darrière dans un article publié à ce sujet début janvier. «C’est l’indexation de l’article qui est devenue illicite du fait du temps écoulé depuis sa publication.»

Difficile à dire quelles conséquences pourraient avoir cette affaire sur l’application du droit à l’oubli en France. «Elle pourrait faire jurisprudence», estime Romain Darrière, en précisant la notion de temps dans la définition du droit à l’oubli. Google réfléchit encore à la manière d’appliquer cette mesure. Fin 2014, le groupe américain a constitué un comité d’experts afin d’échanger sur le sujet et de recueillir les avis des citoyens. Il doit rendre ses conclusions dans les prochains mois.

L’internaute avait constaté qu’une recherche sur Google avec son nom et son prénom renvoyait comme premier résultat vers un article du Parisien évoquant sa condamnation pour escroquerie à une peine de trois ans de prison, dont trois mois ferme, qui datait de 2006.

Craignant les conséquences de cette information sur sa recherche d’emploi, elle avait adressé une demande à Google pour que le moteur de recherche retire ces résultats de recherche.

Dans une ordonnance rendue le 19 décembre dernier, le tribunal de grande instance de Paris a finalement ordonné au géant américain de retirer sous dix jours ces liens dans ses résultats de recherche.

La justice a retenu deux arguments principaux. Le fait, d’une part, que huit années s’étaient écoulées depuis la publication des articles et que, d’autre part, d’éventuels employeurs n’ont normalement pas accès à ce type d’information, de plus comme déjà indiqué, la condamnation pour escroquerie n’étant pas inscrite dans le bulletin no 3 du casier judiciaire. Ces deux éléments justifiaient, selon le tribunal, la suppression partielle des articles des résultats de recherche. Il n’a cependant pas accordé à la plaignante les dédommagements qu’elle réclamait.

Cette suppression ne s’applique que sur les résultats qui s’affichent lorsque sont recherchés le nom de l’internaute qui en fait la demande. Ce n’est pas la première fois que la justice française mentionne l’arrêt européen dans une décision condamnant le moteur de recherche. Dans ce cas précis, en revanche, la justice a donné raison à la plaignante en s’appuyant précisément sur les critères retenus par la CJUE dans son arrêt de mai, ce qui est une première. Depuis la reconnaissance du droit à l’oubli par la CJUE, la France avec 50 000 cas est en tête des pays européens au niveau du nombre de demandes de retrait de liens, mais la firme Google a décliné pour l’instant un peu plus de la moitié d’entre elles (52 %) dans l’Hexagone.

Pour en savoir plus :

     -. Dossier Google de Nea say de Eulogos

     -. Analyse de 01 Net  

     -. Analyse du Journal du net—google—sur-le-dereferencement–le-droit-a-l-oubli-et-les-donnees-personnelles.shtml

     -. Analyse de

     -. Analyse de l’ordonnance en référé du précédent arrêt du 24 novembre 2014

     -. Journal le Monde : « à Pari, Google face au casse-tête du  droit à l’oubli »




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