UN Broadband Commission Working Group Report: Digital Entrepreneurship

In 2015, 193 United Nations members agreed 17 global goals for “transforming the world” by 2030. But how do we get there? And what are the first steps? Part of the answer is digital entrepreneurship, an area where the developing world faces both an unprecedented challenge and a unique opportunity. Those are the key themes of Working Group Report: Digital Entrepreneurship, a new study produced for the United Nations Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development. The working group was led by Andrus Ansip, vice-president of the European Commission, commissioner on the UN Broadband Commission and chair of the Working Group on Digital Entrepreneurship. In collaboration with the European Commission and the International Telecommunication Union, the Lisbon Council served as project secretariat, leading a six-month long reflection with the 31-member working group and supplementing those discussions with additional interviews, research and input. The report analyses the emerging framework for digital entrepreneurship in the development context and proposes a nine-point action plan with ambitious targets for all stakeholders – including regulators, legislators, educators and entrepreneurs themselves.

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Women, Technology and Entrepreneurship

At a time when Europe and much of the world push to secure an equal role for women in the workforce, the Lisbon Council teams up with Facebook to launch Women, Technology and Entrepreneurship: How European Women Use Technology to Get Ahead and Why It Matters for Europe as a Whole, a new policy brief. Based on a wide-ranging survey by Morning Consult that covered more than 6000 small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) in six European Union countries (France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain and the United Kingdom), the policy brief offers new evidence on how women are faring in the management and staffing of Europe’s largest economic sector and how they are adapting to the spread and use of modern technology, a key component of SMB growth. Co-authors Katarzyna Jakimowicz, Stéphanie Lepczynski, David Osimo and Ilaria Vigo propose a ground-breaking four-point programme of policy actions to help improve the gender imbalances in the European SMB sector. The policy brief was launched at Digital4Her, a high-level conference convened in Brussels by the European Commission in the presence of Mariya Gabriel, European commissioner for digital economy and society.

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The Ethics of Artificial Intelligence: How AI Can End Discrimination and Make the World a Smarter, Better Place

Today, the Lisbon Council launches The Ethics of Artificial Intelligence: How AI Can End Discrimination and Make the World a Smarter, Better Place, a ground-breaking policy brief that explores the nature of artificial intelligence and proposes a seven-point programme for a successful European policy response. Author Paul Hofheinz, president and co-founder of the Lisbon Council, takes a closer look into how artificial intelligence  – if used properly and used well – can hold out the possibility of faster, more efficient and ultimately more ethical decision making than we have now. Published under the rubric of DSM 2.0: Digital Futures Forum, a new centre of excellence led by the Lisbon Council, the paper makes a strong case that the success of artificial intelligence requires a broader, richer definition of the “values” on which our society rests.

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Shifting Gears: Towards the Next Generation of Public Service Delivery

In 2017-2018, 12 students from the College of Europe were competitively selected to take part in a project on state transformation. They were divided into three teams of four students. Working together with the Lisbon Council, the College of Europe and Accenture, each team was asked to evaluate a special public-sector challenge in a leading European city.
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A Six-Point Programme for Digital Government: How Local Government Reform is Key to Europe’s Digital Success

The Lisbon Council launches How Local Government Reform is Key to Europe’s Digital Success: A Six-Point Programme for eGovernment Renewal, a six-step programme for improving public-service delivery throughout Europe. Building on the success of the recent Tallinn Declaration – signed by 32 European Union and European Free Trade Association member states – Director of Research David Osimo takes a fresh look at the key challenge of digital government in an age of proliferating action plans and heightened political commitment. Why is Europe – with no less than three flagship programmes for improving the quality of online public services and strengthening citizen-state relations – still a place of uneven progress? What have previous programmes missed that could help make future programmes a success? The interactive policy brief was launched in the margins of the opening plenary of Milano Digital Week, Italy’s flagship festival for “innovation, design, and transformation through digital.”

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The 2017 Euro Plus Monitor: Into a Higher Gear

Europe has come a long way. Structural reforms and other adjustment efforts in major parts of the region have helped to make many economies somewhat more flexible, or are promising to do so in the near future. Partly as a result of these changes, growth can probably remain above trend in most of the region for at least two more years without hitting serious inflationary bottlenecks. If so, continental Europe can finally make up some of the ground it lost versus the United States during the euro crisis. This is the main finding of The 2017 Euro Plus Monitor: Into a Higher Gear, the leading economic adjustment ranking, published today by Berenberg and the Lisbon Council. The study was formally launched today at The 2017 Euro Summit in Brussels in the presence of Peter Praet, executive board member and chief economist of the European Central Bank, who delivered The 2017 Ludwig Erhard Lecture to mark the occasion. It includes special sections on “The Outlook for Reform in Europe” and “A Golden Decade for France?”

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