“Nothing about us without us” is a wide-spread motto of the European civil society. No political leader can pretend not to understand this clear message; yet these powerful words are also an ambitious programme for civil society to take action… especially when decisions that should be our concern, are as dry as standardisation. Scandals around dolls eavesdropping on children [1], chlorinated chickens [2] or chemical detergents [3] raise concern in the public…

StandICT.eu, “Supporting European Experts Presence in International Standardisation Activities in ICT”, addresses the need for ICT Standardisation and defines a pragmatic approach and streamlined process to reinforce EU expert presence in the international ICT standardisation scene. Through a Standards Watch, StandICT.eu analyses and monitors the international ICT standards landscape and liaises with Standards Development Organisations (SDOs) and Standard Setting Organisations (SSOs), key organisations such as the EU Multistakeholder Platform for ICT…

The Silver Economy has caught the attention of policy makers and economic operators alike: the ageing population promises more economic growth and jobs. A new European Commission study, conducted by Technopolis and Oxford Economics, reminds us of this opportunity, explores its concrete economic potential and lays out steps how to capture it fully. Next to being profitable for businesses, the Silver Economy should be connected to a positive and socially inclusive…

The notion of ‘Active and Healthy Ageing’ (AHA), one of the touchstones of the PROGRESSIVE Project, is not just a matter of healthy lifestyles. It recognises that older people can be workers, innovators, entrepreneurs, carers, politicians, community activists and more. Demographic realities have obliged our societies to adapt our welfare systems. The extension of working lives in many European countries has led to an increase in the number of older workers.…

The European Commission published the 2018 Rolling Plan on ICT Standardisation at the end of March. The plan is updated every year to identify ICT standardisation activities in support of (new) EU policies. The rolling plan provides a unique overview of standardisation activities in the field of information and communication technologies linked to EU legislation and policies, such as healthcare, cloud computing, intelligent transport systems, security, accessibility, Internet of Things, eGovernment,…

ETSI, the European Telecommunications Standards Institute, has published a brochure to explain how its work takes account of the interests of societal stakeholders and SMEs. ETSI is a ‘European Standards Organisation’ dealing with standardisation of telecommunications, broadcasting and other electronic communications networks and services. Through its 3SI Programme (Social Stakeholders, SME’s and Inclusiveness), societal organisations such as ETUC, ECOS and ANEC, as well as SBS (representing SME’s) can increase their visibility…

Health information, advice, and reminders delivered through mobile phones can encourage healthy behaviors and help older people to improve and maintain their intrinsic capacity. The WHO mobile health for Ageing (mAgeing) programme has been developed as one of the tools to support the implementation of WHO guidelines on community-level interventions to manage declines in intrinsic capacity – also known as the ICOPE Guidelines (Integrated Care for Older People). The provision of…

On April 25th, 2018, the European Commission has adopted a communication setting out a plan of action that puts citizens at the centre of the healthcare system. This approach will provide the basis for EU action in digital health over the next years, such as support for the exchange of e-prescriptions and electronic patient summaries, enabling the cross-border exchange of full electronic health records, voluntary coordination in sharing data and resources for…

On April 10th, 2018 , the leaders of the three Thematic Networks 2018 presented their first draft Joint Statements during the kick off meeting with DG SANTE in Brussels. One of the networks is on “Smart Healthy Age-Friendly Environments” (SHAFE), led by Caritas Coimbra with AFEdemy support. The main question addressed by the SHAFE network is: “If people should age in their own homes, how to align technological developments with the…

ANEC (the European consumer voice in standardisation) and BEUC (the European Consumer Organisation) published a position on the ‘Cybersecurity of connected products’. Naturally, as the Internet of Things ecosystem grows, the exposure of connected products to a possible cybersecurity breach also grows. In order to encourage consumer trust in the Internet of Things, consumers must be assured that the connected products they buy, or services they use, are secure and protected…

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