The European Parliament and the Council of the European Union reached provisional political agreement on the Digital Europe programme

14 Feb 2019

The European Parliament and the Council of the European Union reached a provisional agreement on the Digital Europe programme for 2021-2027, which will invest in five digital sectors: high performance computing, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and trust. In the budget, it is included € 700 million to be invested on large-scale digital capacity and digital skills. The goal is to ensure that the current and future workforce will have the opportunity to acquire advanced digital skills through training courses and job traineeships, in any Member State of residence. Digital Innovation Hubs will implement programmes to support small and medium-sized companies and public administrations to equip their staff with the needed advanced skills to deal with supercomputing, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity.

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Cybersecurity is among the main concerns of governments, Internet users, technical and business communities. Cyberthreats and cyberattacks are on the increase, and so is the extent of the financial loss. 

Yet, when the Internet was first invented, security was not a concern for the inventors. In fact, the Internet was originally designed for use by a closed circle of (mainly) academics. Communication among its users was open.

Cybersecurity came into sharper focus with the Internet expansion beyond the circle of the Internet pioneers. The Internet reiterated the old truism that technology can be both enabling and threatening. What can be used to the advantage of society can also be used to its disadvantage.

It is frequently mentioned that the Internet is changing the way in which we work. ICTs have blurred the traditional routine of work, free time, and sleep (8+8+8 hours), especially in multinational corporation working environment. It is increasingly difficult to distinguish where work starts and where it ends. These changes in working patterns may require new labour legislation, addressing such issues as working hours, the protection of labour interests, and remuneration.

 

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