European Trusted Cloud in the context of the Digital Single Market

27 Jun 2017
09:40 - 10:00

European Trusted Cloud in the context of the Digital Single Market

Head of Sector Dirk van Rooy of the European Commission will speak about the Commission’s activities with European cloud stakeholders, the renewal of the cloud industry platform and the need for increasing cloud users’ engagement.

The Digital Single Market is a major policy initiative, adopted by the European Commission in 2015, with a mid-term review in 2017. It addresses consumers and businesses, innovative services and the continued development of the digital economy, including the data economy. Data has been dubbed, variously, as the oil or fuel of the digital economy. The mechanisms to exploit data to their full potential include high-performance networking and computing, cloud computing in a wide sense including edge computing, big data analytics, digitalization of industry and public sector, Internet of Things, and the all-important skills issue. Cloud computing is the subject of a long-standing European policy, and to reap the full benefit and avoid pitfalls its adoption has to be subject to strict security and privacy protective measures, and balanced and clear contracts. Data integrity, ownership and liability have to be ensured. Data have to be accessible and usable across the entire digital single market, within a global context.