[A2k] Symposium: "Bringing the Cloud down to Earth: MIT Media Lab expert, government and industry speakers explain the future of the cloud": Brussels, 24 April 2013

European Committee for Interoperable Systems (ECIS) info at ecis.eu
Tue Apr 2 06:57:06 PDT 2013

* Invitation to an ECIS** **24 April Symposium*

 Bringing the Cloud down to Earth
MIT Media Lab expert, government and industry speakers
explain the future of the cloud

*Wednesday 24 April 2013, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. followed by a reception**    *

*Sofitel Brussels Europe, Place Jourdan 1, 1040 Brussels*

The European Committee for Interoperable Systems (*ECIS.EU <http://ecis.eu/>
*) invites you to a symposium featuring the director of computing for the
MIT Media Lab, one of the foremost research institutions in the world.

Michail Bletsas will talk about the collection of technologies called “the
cloud” and how it helps us manage complexity. He will focus on its privacy,
availability, security, and the need for portability and inter-operability.

Panellists from the European Commission, the Norwegian government, and the
private sector will look at the role of government and standards-setting in
fostering a competitive environment to allow cloud computing to thrive to
the benefit of business and consumers.

Among the panellists:

*Linsey McCallum*, acting director at the Competition Directorate General
of the European Commission, whose teams handle high-profile
technology-related competition cases for the Commission;

Ken Ducatel*, head of unit for cloud computing for the European
Commission’s Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content and
Technology (DG Connect);

*Katarina de Brisis*, who leads on the cloud in Norway, as deputy director
general for the department for ICT and Public Sector Reform.

Andrew Updegrove*, a Boston-based lawyer who has worked for 115 standards
development groups and open source foundations;

A detailed agenda and a full list of speakers will follow shortly.

*Please RSVP to info at ecis.eu, or telephone Lindsay Otis at +32 2 533 5065.*

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