[A2k] ECIS Symposium: Bringing the Cloud down to Earth

Andriani.Ferti at CliffordChance.com Andriani.Ferti at CliffordChance.com
Thu Apr 11 05:06:29 PDT 2013

Dear all,

Please see below information about an event in Brussels on cloud computing featuring Michail Bletsas, MIT Media Lab Director of Computing, that may be of interest to you.


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Andriani Ferti

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Bringing the Cloud Down to Earth
A Symposium sponsored by ECIS

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) 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.

16.00 -- Welcome by Simon Awde, Chairman, ECIS

16.10 -- Session I: What policy environment for the Cloud? Standards, interoperability and contracts: The European Commission's September 2012 Cloud Computing Strategy called for policy action to address the present 'jungle of standards' for the Cloud and uncertainty about which standards enable greatest interoperability, alongside contracts that do not deal with concerns about data access, portability and ownership. This session will ask what regulation is needed to create an optimum environment for the Cloud, and where caution is needed to avoid harming the competitiveness and flexibility of European businesses.

Katarina de Brisis, Deputy Director General with responsibility for the Cloud, Ministry of Government Administration and Reform, Norway Ken Ducatel, Head of Unit, Software and Services, Cloud, DG Connect Linsey McCallum, Acting Director, Markets and Cases II: Information, Communication and Media, DG Competition Moderated by Martin Porter, Managing Director, Edelman | The Centre

17.15 -- Coffee Break

17.35 -- Session II: Complexity and the Cloud: Where is my data?
Keynote address by Michail Bletsas, Director of Computing, MIT Media Lab

Andrew Updegrove, Founding Partner, Gesmer Updegrove LLP Thomas Vinje, ECIS Legal Counsel and Spokesman Moderated by David Lawsky, Senior Advisor to ECIS

19.00 -- Networking cocktail: Please join us afterwards for a cocktail and canapé networking reception, providing an opportunity to speak with some of our speakers about issues raised during the debate.

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


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