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NEELIE KROES: Digital Agenda Priorities speech addresses Privacy and Transparency

NEELIE KROES: Digital Agenda Priorities speech addresses Privacy and Transparency | FuturICT In the News | Scoop.it
European Commission - Press Release - European Commission Neelie Kroes Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for the Digital Agenda Digital Agenda Priorities Giving a boost to the EU-US relations in the field of ICT – American Chamber...
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Neelie Kroes: Digital Agenda Priority speech

 

....."And last but not least, I have to talk about data and privacy.

 

Our understanding of privacy is fundamentally changing in the digital age. The rules we have for guarding it have to change too.

 

That motivation applies to many situations – even those that might seem different on the surface. From the EU’s reform efforts, to the Obama charter supporting a Do Not Track standard, to your Patriot Act, and now the allegations regarding the PRISM programme.

 

This is a hot topic. Whether privacy is necessary, or possible, and what role policy should play.

 

I get frustrated when privacy is seen merely as an irritant. Like most Europeans, I see privacy as a fundamental right. And it is set out as such in law.

 

In my view this leads to a range of policy needs and business opportunities.

First, the US, as a trusted partner needs to be more transparent with Europeans about what has been going on; and it should allow American companies to be more transparent with their customers and potential customers.

 

If the US government doesn’t choose this course, it will undermine trust in new digital services, with the risk that users will abandon them or never join the digital ranks.

 

Personally I don't like the idea of data localisation – the idea that data has to be stored where it is gathered. Because then we would miss out on the huge opportunities of a borderless network.

 

But let’s not be naïve. The PRISM debate will definitely increase calls for a European cloud, with a range of possible consequences for American companies. And PRISM also highlights a golden opportunity for people to make a huge privacy-focussed company. It highlights that being strong on privacy can be a competitive advantage, a great business move, and I welcome that.

Whatever the market developments might be, from a policy perspective, I want Europe to be seen as the safest corner of the internet and for entrepreneurs to be able to build businesses off the back of that.

 

That is why we have a EU Cloud Computing Strategy, now reinforced by an EU Cybersecurity Strategy. Because we need clear, transparent rules, clear, transparent safeguards, and a clear, transparent legal framework.

 

I would prefer if that framework were global, but as a minimum we want people to be confident that their data is secure across the EU. 

 

So my message is that we take both trust and security seriously at the EU, and I hope US governments and companies respect that."

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FuturICT - A CERN for the Social Sciences

Dirk Helbing, ETH Zürich. May 2013. FuturlCT is a global initiative pursuing a participatory approach, integrated across the fields of ICT, the social sciences…
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Royal Colloquium, day 4 - Sveriges Kungahus

Royal Colloquium, day 4 - Sveriges Kungahus | FuturICT In the News | Scoop.it

The King with Elisabeth Kessler and Anders Karlqvist during the Royal Colloquium. Photo: royalcourt.se

 

On Monday 20 May, The King opened the 11th Royal Colloquium in the Bernadotte Library at the Royal Palace of Stockholm. The King gave an opening speech, in which he welcomed those present and gave a brief overview of the Royal Colloquium. He also mentioned how the 20 years that have passed since the first Royal Colloquium was held in 1992 have influenced the themes chosen. The King concluded his speech by asking the participants to focus on solutions instead of problems, and to "go from knowing to doing". 

 

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Dirk Helbing at Royal Colloquium, Sveriges Kungahus #FuturICT

Dirk Helbing at Royal Colloquium, Sveriges Kungahus #FuturICT | FuturICT In the News | Scoop.it

On Monday 20 May, The King opened the 11th Royal Colloquium in the Bernadotte Library at the Royal Palace of Stockholm. The King gave an opening speech, in which he welcomed those present and gave a brief overview of the Royal Colloquium. He also mentioned how the 20 years that have passed since the first Royal Colloquium was held in 1992 have influenced the themes chosen. The King concluded his speech by asking the participants to focus on solutions instead of problems, and to "go from knowing to doing".

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Dirk Helbing, why did you agree to take part in the Royal Colloquium? 
-"I'm interested in the environmental issues and also curious about the other participants. I am a strong believer in dialogue between different research fields and it is important to step outside your own area to gain inspiration and new ideas."

 

And  have you gained some new ideas? 

-"I've learned a great deal so far and I'm looking forward to the afternoon. There are some intensive discussions and a lot of commitment to the issues. The questions we discuss are matters that will be the focus of the entire 21st century. New solutions are essential for new problems."

 

 

 

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ETH-Forscher Dirk Helbing warnt vor Kollaps globaler Netzwerke

ETH-Forscher Dirk Helbing warnt vor Kollaps globaler Netzwerke | FuturICT In the News | Scoop.it

Die Menschen sind von immer komplexeren Netzwerken abhängig. Ausfälle können in einem Dominoeffekt zu Katastrophen anschwellen, warnt ein Wissenschaftler der ETH. Nature: http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v497/n7447/full/nature12047.html

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Dirk #Helbing: #Google as God?: #DATA -Goldrush or a New World Order?

Dirk #Helbing: #Google as God?: #DATA -Goldrush or a New World Order? | FuturICT In the News | Scoop.it

If there were no God – we would have to invent one! Because the development of human civilization requires the spreading of mechanisms promoting cooperation and social order. And one of these mechanisms is based on the idea that everything we do will be seen by God, and that bad deeds will be punished, while good ones will be rewarded. The Information Age has now fueled the dream that God-like omniscience and omnipotence can be created by man. The discussion of the opportunities and risks of such an age are the subject of this discussion piece.

 

 "You're already a walking sensor platform… You are aware of the fact that somebody can know where you are at all times because you carry a mobile device, even if that mobile device is turned off. You know this, I hope? Yes? Well, you should… Since you can't connect dots you don't have, it drives us into a mode of, we fundamentally try to collect everything and hang on to it forever… It is really very nearly within our grasp to be able to compute on all human generated information."  Ira "Gus" Hunt, CIA Chief Technology Officer

 

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http://futurict.blogspot.ie/2013/03/google-as-god-opportunities-and-risks.html

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Hello. Thank you for following my topic. I hope that mine is helpful for you. Your site looks like a good one. I am sure that I will return. I am curious (about the article above)...Do our phones really communicate our location when it is turned off?
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Pioniere der Zukunftsforschung - Zukunftsinstitut GmbH - Pressemitteilung

Pioniere der Zukunftsforschung - Zukunftsinstitut GmbH - Pressemitteilung | FuturICT In the News | Scoop.it
Zukunftsinstitut - Im aktuellen Trend-Update, dem Monatsmagazin des Zukunftsinstituts in Kelkheim, stellen die Autoren sechsundzwanzig Visionäre vor, die als Pioniere...
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¿Puro azar? Dos físicos expertos en procesos aleatorios dicen que invertir en bolsa es como apostar en el casino | Finanzas y mercados | Cronista Comercial

¿Puro azar? Dos físicos expertos en procesos aleatorios dicen que invertir en bolsa es como apostar en el casino | Finanzas y mercados | Cronista Comercial | FuturICT In the News | Scoop.it
Dos profesores de la Cornell University llegaron a la conclusión de que las estrategias aleatorias de trading son más exitosas que las basadas en conceptos técnicos, Finanzas y mercados, Cronista Comercial...
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NZZ.ch: Die Zukunft der Informationsgesellschaft: Google als Gott? - Dirk Helbing

NZZ.ch: Die Zukunft der Informationsgesellschaft: Google als Gott? - Dirk Helbing | FuturICT In the News | Scoop.it

Dirk Helbing

 

Gäbe es Gott nicht – man müsste ihn erfinden. Denn die Entwicklung der gesellschaftlichen Zivilisation erfordert Mechanismen, die Kooperation und soziale Ordnung fördern. Und einer dieser Mechanismen beruht auf der Idee, dass alles, was wir tun, von Gott gesehen wird und dass unsere guten Taten dereinst belohnt, die schlechten aber bestraft werden. Das Informationszeitalter befeuert nun den Traum, dass gottgleiche Allwissenheit und Allmacht von Menschenhand geschaffen werden kann. Die Diskussion der Chancen und Risiken eines solchen Zeitalters ist Gegenstand dieses Beitrags.

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RSI FuturICT: dai Big Data alla simulazione del futuro

Perché ci sono le crisi economiche? Come si diffondono le epidemie? Come combattere la disoccupazione? È possibile conoscere in anticipo le operazioni della criminalità organizzata? Queste alcune delle domande cui risponderà FuturICT uno dei megaprogetti visionari, - e a conduzione svizzera - selezionati dalla commissione europea nell'ambito del progetto Flagship, il cui obiettivo è quello di trovare nuovi modi di estrarre informazioni dalle enormi quantità di dati digitali che l'uomo lascia dietro di sé, dal segnale gps dei telefonini ai tweet, alle chiacchiere su Facebook. Dati che una volta accorpati letti e interpretati diventano informazioni, le quali, se contestualizzate, si trasformano in conoscenza. Dalla conoscenza è poi possibile ricavare dei modelli e dai modelli fare delle previsioni, in svariati settori: da quello climatico a quello economico, da quello sanitario-epidemiologico a ogni ambito sociale, come già lo si fa per dei sistemi complessi in fisica e in biologia. Come dire: fare della sociologia una scienza esatta. L'obiettivo dei ricercatori, ben 800 in tutto il mondo, diretti da Dirk Helbing del Politecnico federale di Zurigo è infatti quello di prevedere come andrà il mondo e portare alla formulazione di nuove teorie sociali, in grado di elaborare strumenti e pratiche innovatrici di supporto ai decisori politici e a tutti i cittadini. E i risultati già non mancano, come scopriremo nel Giardino di Albert di sabato 2 marzo, a cura di Clara Caverzasio che ospiterà alcuni dei responsabili di questo progetto assieme a Mario Rasetti, fisico e membro del gruppo di saggi-consulenti di cui si è avvalsa la commissione del programma europeo “Tecnologie future e emergenti" per la scelta delle linee strategiche europee in ambito scientifico.

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Buzz Blog: Brazil Nightclub Stampede: Trampling Physics

Buzz Blog: Brazil Nightclub Stampede: Trampling Physics | FuturICT In the News | Scoop.it
Brazil Nightclub Stampede: Trampling PhysicsMonday, January 28, 2013Disaster struck this weekend in Brazil as a fire broke out in an extremely packed, overcapacity nightclub in Brazil, immediately sparking panic among the partygoers. Thousands of patrons rushed to the club's exits, and one person fell. Tramplings soon followed.

Over 230 people died from tramplings, smoke inhalation and falling debris within the club. Many of the victims were students celebrating summer break. 

A number of factors seemed to contribute to the tragedy: confused nightclub staff, double capacity and sheer panic. Physicists have been studying the dynamics of such crowd stampedes for awhile now, drawing from the field of fluid dynamics. Scientists have offered a number of preventive measures in light of this research, and perhaps these studies can prevent future tragedies.
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Yuji Aruka: We shall never leave from FuturICT, a great project

Yuji Aruka: We shall never leave from FuturICT, a great project | FuturICT In the News | Scoop.it
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Arturo de Salabert: It is surprising to see how wrongly ideas can be understood by those who would benefit the most.

Arturo de Salabert: It is surprising to see how wrongly ideas can be understood by those who would benefit the most. | FuturICT In the News | Scoop.it
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NSA collecting phone records of millions of Verizon customers daily

NSA collecting phone records of millions of Verizon customers daily | FuturICT In the News | Scoop.it
Exclusive: Top secret court order requiring Verizon to hand over all call data shows scale of domestic surveillance under Obama administration
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Dino Pedreschi Webcast: on the Future of Big Data

Co-create the Future 

As part of the "Future Fridays" series of webinars on Futurium, Prof. Dino Pedreschi presented his vision of the Future of Big Data. Below is the video of Prof. Pedreschi's keynote speech during the webinar. Than ks to Katarzyna Szkuta

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Datendiebe und Steuerkommissare: Der Terror der Transparenz - International Nachrichten - NZZ.ch

Datendiebe und Steuerkommissare: Der Terror der Transparenz - International Nachrichten - NZZ.ch | FuturICT In the News | Scoop.it
In Zeiten, in denen riesige Daten-Konvolute gestohlen werden und Steuerbeamte ihre Hände danach ausstrecken, befindet sich die Privatsphäre auf dem Rückzug. Doch jedes Individuum hat das Recht auf sein persönliches Geheimnis.
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Greed may breed financial fitness, but evolution allows unselfishness to survive : Science News

Greed may breed financial fitness, but evolution allows unselfishness to survive : Science News | FuturICT In the News | Scoop.it

“Even in one-shot interactions, humans are not as selfish as theory suggests,” write physicist-sociologist Dirk Helbing and colleagues. “A large body of experimental and field evidence indicates that people genuinely care about each other.”

 

Read full article on Science News: http://www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/350214/description/Greed_may_breed_financial_fitness_but_evolution_allows_unselfishness_to_survive

 

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Citation:T. Grund, C. Waloszek and D. Helbing. How Natural Selection Can Create Both Self- and Other-Regarding Preferences, and Networked Minds. Scientific Reports. Published online March 19, 2013. doi:10.1038/srep01480

 

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Pys.org: Global networks must be redesigned, Professor Dirk Helbing says

Pys.org: Global networks must be redesigned, Professor Dirk Helbing says | FuturICT In the News | Scoop.it

The increasing interdependencies between the world's technological, socio-economic, and environmental systems have the potential to create global catastrophic risks. We may have to redesign global networks, concludes Professor Dirk Helbing at ETH Zurich's Risk Center in this week's issue of Nature. Otherwise they could turn into "global time bombs."

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http://phys.org/news/2013-05-global-networks-redesigned-professor.html#jCp

Nature: http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v497/n7447/full/nature12047.html

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Nature: http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v497/n7447/full/nature12047.html

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Academic autonomy is what makes Swiss excel in research

Academic autonomy is what makes Swiss excel in research | FuturICT In the News | Scoop.it
The high quality of academic research in Switzerland, recognised at the highest levels of the European Research Commission, is largely due to the open manner in which it is organised, says Patrick Aebischer. ...
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Las ‘mentes en red’ generan una nueva forma de economía

Las ‘mentes en red’ generan una nueva forma de economía | FuturICT In the News | Scoop.it

Las ‘mentes en red’ generan una nueva forma de economía

 

Internet potencia la expansión del ‘homo socialis’, muy consciente de los beneficios de la cooperaciónSimulaciones informáticas sobre evolución humana, realizadas por científicos del ETH de Zurich, han revelado que el comportamiento económico individual es más cooperativo de lo que se creía: la gente teme cada vez más la tragedia de los bienes comunes y duda de recibir el mejor servicio de proveedores motivados solo por sus propios beneficios y bonificaciones. Emerge así un ‘homo socialis’, cuyo comportamiento cooperativo está siendo impulsado gracias a Internet. 

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YOUNG SCIENTIST AWARD for SOCIO and ECONOPHYSICS 2013 - Dr Vittoria COLIZZA | ISI Foundation

YOUNG SCIENTIST AWARD for SOCIO and ECONOPHYSICS 2013 - Dr Vittoria COLIZZA | ISI Foundation | FuturICT In the News | Scoop.it

Vittoria Colizza receives the Young Scientist Award for Socio and Econophysics 2013 
 
Torino, March 11, 2013. Vittoria Colizza, senior researcher at ISI Foundation (Turin, Italy) and at Inserm (Paris, France) is this year’s recipient of the Young Scientist Award for Socio and Econophysics. This is the third time that an Italian scientist receives the award of the German Physical Society (after Fabrizio Lillo in 2008 and Santo Fortunato, ISI researcher as well, in 2011), among the most prestigious prizes in the world in the field of the physics of social and economic systems, assigned to researchers under 40. Colizza receives today the prize in Regensburg, Germany, during the annual meeting of the German Physical Society.
 
“With vision and courage, Dr. Colizza has made major contributions to and has, indeed, significantly shaped the new field of computational epidemiology”,it is written in the motivation for the award assignment, “leading to remarkable advances in the surveillance, modeling, and prediction of epidemic spreading on a global scale”.

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Research success by the dozen

Research success by the dozen | FuturICT In the News | Scoop.it
Research success by the dozen

Twelve professors from ETH Zurich have received a prestigious ERC Advanced Grant from the European Research Council. Over 33 million Swiss francs will thus flow into ETH Zurich in this round of awards. ETH Life presents the winning projects in two parts.

 

Franziska SchmidTop (from left): Erick M. Carreira, Martin Fussenegger, Dirk Helbing, bottom (from left):Hans Jürgen Herrmann, Donald Hilvert und Ursula Keller (Image: ETH Zurich) 

 

With the Advanced Grants, the European Research Council (ERC) supports projects by established researchers. They are thus also regarded as special awards. In 2012 the ERC awarded the coveted grant to a total of 302 scientists from twenty-four different countries, twelve of whom teach and conduct research at ETH Zurich.

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Unlike the Homo oeconomicus, not only does the Homo socialis make decisions that optimise his personal situation, he also takes the expectations of other people into consideration. Although social man is of enormous interest, as yet there is no consistent fundamental theory of social systems.

 

A professor of sociology since 2007, Dirk Helbing would like to change this with his ERC project. “The ERC grant provides the critical weight that successful research requires. Now we can tackle the project without having to submit a new grant application every couple of months,” says Helbing. In the project, the interactions between individuals are to be modelled with the aid of an agent-based simulation.

 

The agents in the project should be equipped with cognitive skills and the modelling approach also contains complex elements such as self-organisation, emergence and adaptation. Ultimately, the project should reveal how social behaviour patterns and norms come about.

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Tetsuya Sato: I strongly believe that your path-breaking efforts during two or more years will potentially change our society based on scientific research in a fundamentally new way

Tetsuya Sato: I strongly believe that your path-breaking efforts during two or more years will potentially change our society based on scientific research in a fundamentally new way | FuturICT In the News | Scoop.it
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Hideaki Aoyama: This was the greatest and most ambitious project I have ever joined

Hideaki Aoyama: This was the greatest and most ambitious project I have ever joined | FuturICT In the News | Scoop.it
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