Digitalising Economy – How can business contribute to making Europe fit for the digital age and develop a European, human-centric way of bringing digital solutions to all sectors of the economy.
The task force seeks to engage with EU policy-makers and stakeholders on the major issues and challenges posed by the ongoing digitalisation of the economy. The rapid progress and deployment of digital technologies, and in particular the combined emergence of ubiquitous ultra-fast connectivity on the one hand and of artificial intelligence and big data analytics on the other, are rapidly transforming our economies and societies. From transportation to health to sustainability to industrial production, they are creating new opportunities to improve our standards of living and tackle the great challenges of our time. But they also come with risks and challenges, such as preserving the competitiveness of Europe’s traditional industries and, crucially, protecting the EU’s fundamental values.
This is why this task force supports European Commission President-elect Von der Leyen’s objective of promoting a European model for digitalising the economy that builds on Europe’s fundamental values – freedom, democracy, fairness, trust – as an asset for establishing the continent as a global leader in next-generation technologies and industries. To this end, and reflecting the policy initiatives due to be announced by the European institutions in the coming months, the task force will provide a forum for a constructive dialogue on, among others, the following topics:
• Artificial intelligence: upcoming initiatives on a regulatory framework for trustworthy AI and on supporting investment in the development and uptake of trustworthy AI solutions
• Data governance and regulation: Upcoming initiatives to regulate the use and sharing of data, encouraging data flows for legitimate business purposes while ensuring uncompromising respect of Europe’s high data privacy standards
• Cybersecurity: from telecom networks’ and 5G supply chain security to security certification for IoT devices and applications to guaranteeing the cyber resilience of critical infrastructures.
• Digital Services Act, Platform regulation and content liability: Upcoming debate around the potential review of the 2001 E-Commerce Directive and the rules on how to deal with illegal and harmful content online while preserving and encouraging the free flow of digital services across the continent
• 5G and the Internet of Things: how to secure the right conditions for the deployment and uptake of next-generation communication technologies across all sectors of the economy
• Competition: debate around the potential changes in the practice and rules of competition policy enforcement to address specific challenges linked to dominant positions in online markets
• Taxation: EU and international initiatives on securing a level playing for fair, effective and predictable taxation of digital activities
Vice-Chair: Henk Mannekens, BT