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My last speech during the Slovenian EU presidency at the European Sustainable Development Network Conference in Paris, June 30th-July 1st, 2008.Excellencies, ladies and gentleman,It is a real pleasure to be here in Paris on the last day of the Slovenia…

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They say we need IPv6

Empires stood (Roman) and fell (Napolen’s adventure in Russia) with communications technology. Today we are building empires of the mind and we need communication technology more than ever. In fact Europe’s global dominance started with the communicati…

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Another modern touch in the updated Lisbon Strategy is a reference to Open access to knowledge and Open innovation, both in the context of 5th freedom: “Member States and the EU must remove barriers to the free movement of knowledge by creating a “fifth freedom” based on enhancing the cross-border mobility of researchers, as well… » read more

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Some notes for the speech to the European University Business Forum in Brussels last week. Key messages: universities were designed for a paper based communication technology which is outdated;the prevailing position that the universities ha…

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eGovernment 2.0

Here are some slides from the talk I gave in Berlin in January. In summary:

Communication revolutions change the way we live together. They change culture, innovation, technology and the political process. We are at the middle of the second communication revolution. Internet is unleashing the human potential, the creativity, and allows the participation of the masses. Governments should exploit this. Updated Lisbon strategy for growth and jobs is taking note.

eGovernment 2.0 is about two way communication. Internet is platform for public debate, exchange of ideas and problem solving. Government services are a springboard for community made services. Government AND citizens, business jointly provide services, information. Government mediates, rather than rules. Not just G2x but also x2G and x2y.

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One of the nice traditions of the Joint Technology Center of the European Commission is that they maintain “semesters” according to the schedule of the European Council presidencies. So the Slovenian semester started a few days ago. I was asked to take part at the kick-off of the Slovenian semester at Ispra, Italy and gladly… » read more

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One of the nice traditions of the Joint Technology Center of the European Commission is that they maintain “semesters” according to the schedule of the European Council presidencies. So the Slovenian semester started a few days ago.

I was asked to take part at the kick-off of the Slovenian semester at Ispra, Italy and gladly accepted the invitation. Last but not least, my Faculty for Civil Engineering has an on-going and fruitful cooperation with the JRC’s ELSA lab and was even able to meet some of my former students there.

Of course there were a few speeches. Mine included. Below are the slides I made to use as talking points. Key message: Europe is about synergies among its parts. JRC’s are a good example of that.

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The “Lisbon Strategy” alias “the strategy for growth and jobs” is resulting in growth, does create jobs, but is not something that the Europeans would care about. I tried to run “lisbon strategy” through Google Trends and the result was: Your terms – “lisbon strategy” – do not have enough search volume to show graphs.… » read more

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