The Future of Digital Innovation in the European Union

Apr 10, 2018 15:30 - 18:00 UTC
Dijver, Bruges campus, Dijver 11, 8000 Brugge, Belgium

Policy Developments and Technological Challenges

On 10 April 2018, the Google Chair in Digital Innovation at the College of Europe organizes the first of a series of annual conferences on Digital Innovation. 

Commissioner Carlos MOEDAS, responsible for Research, Science and Innovation, is the concluding keynote speaker of the first Digital Innovation Conference at the College of Europe. 

Digital innovation is permeating a big portion of the economy, reshaping the way we live, work, interact. Two paradigms currently stand out as potentially disruptive: the emergence of Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLTs) such as blockchain, and the increasingly pervasive use of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in a variety of applications, from e-commerce to self-driving cars. Policymakers find it increasingly difficult to keep track of this evolution given the breath-taking pace of innovation, and the challenge of dealing with algorithms, collective intelligence, and often a patchy and uncertain set of legal rules. The College of Europe Chair in Digital Innovation organizes a one day conference to discuss the challenges and opportunities for innovation in the digital age.

Key themes addressed by the conference:

  • What are the key opportunities and challenges of DLTs and Artificial Intelligence?
  • Is Europe competitive in the deployment of these technologies?
  • What new forms of innovation may emerge from the diffusion of these disruptive technologies?
  • Is the EU legal system well-equipped to cope with the peculiarities of these technologies?
  • What can the EU do to harness the potential of DLTs and Artificial intelligence to strengthen the Single Market and promote better economic, social and environmental outcomes?

This conference is open to the public but registration is required before 9 April, 12h00.

Event page & registration Click here

For more information please contact Gil STEIN.


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