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A Europe fit for the digital age

Idag röstar Europaparlamentet om Ursula von der Leyen ska bli kommissionens nästa ordförande. Inför omröstningen har hon släppt sitt program med politiska prioriteringar för den kommande mandatperioden; My agenda for Europe. Där finns ett kapitel om digitalisering, och för de som vill slippa rota fram det i länken återger jag det i sin helhet nedan.

Jag kommer att återkomma med kommentarer om innehållet längre fram, men tänker att det är värt att publicera texten direkt så att fler kan ta del av den.

3. A Europe fit for the digital age

I want Europe to strive for more by grasping the opportunities from the digital age within safe and ethical boundaries.

Digital technologies, especially Artificial Intelligence (AI), are transforming the world at an unprecedented speed. They have changed how we communicate, live and work. They have changed our societies and our economies.

The Internet of Things is connecting the world in new ways. After knowledge and people, it is now physical devices and sensors that are linking up with each other. Huge and increasing amounts of data are being collected
Europe already sets standards in telecoms. It is time to replicate this success and develop joint standards for our 5G networks.

It may be too late to replicate hyperscalers, but it is not too late to achieve technological sovereignty in some critical technology areas.

To lead the way on next-generation hyperscalers, we will invest in blockchain, high-performance computing, quantum computing, algorithms and tools to allow data sharing and data usage. We will jointly define standards for this new generation of technologies that will become the global norm.

As we increase investment in disruptive research and breakthrough innovation, we must accept that failure will be part of our path.

Data and AI are the ingredients for innovation that can help us to find solutions to societal challenges, from health to farming, from security to manufacturing.

In order to release that potential we have to find our European way, balancing the flow and wide use of data while preserving high privacy, security, safety and ethical standards. We already achieved this with the General Data Protection Regulation, and many countries have followed our path.

In my first 100 days in office, I will put forward legislation for a coordinated European approach on the human and ethical implications of Artificial Intelligence. This should also look at how we can use big data for innovations that create wealth for our societies and our businesses.

I will make sure that we prioritise investments in Artificial Intelligence, both through the Multiannual Financial Framework and through the increased use of public-private partnerships.

A new Digital Services Act will upgrade our liability and safety rules for digital platforms, services and products, and complete our Digital Single Market.

Digitalisation and cyber are two sides of the same coin. This starts with a different mindset: We need to move from “need to know” to “need to share”.

We should do this through a joint Cyber Unit to speed up information sharing and better protect ourselves.
The public sector has an important role in stimulating digital transformation. I want the European Commission to lead by example.

I will drive the full digitalisation of the Commission, putting in place new digital methods and digital diplomacy tools.

I believe this will make the institution more agile and flexible, as well as more transparent in the way it works. This will also help instil a new and more inclusive leadership and work culture, with fewer hierarchies and more cooperation. This will help us change our mindset and embrace the future.

I believe Europe can successfully manage the transformation into the digital age, if we build on our strengths and values.

Empowering people through education and skills

The best investment in our future is the investment in our people. Skills and education drive Europe’s competitiveness and innovation. But Europe is not yet fully ready. I will ensure that we use all the tools and funds at our disposal to redress this balance.

I am fully committed to making the European Education Area a reality by 2025. We need to bring down barriers to learning and improve access to quality education. We need to enable learners to move more easily between education systems in different countries. And we need to change the culture of education towards lifelong learning that enriches us all.

My priority will be to get Europe up to speed on digital skills for both young people and adults by updating the Digital Education Action Plan. We need to rethink education by using the potential the internet provides to make learning material available to all, for example by the increased use of massive open online courses. Digital literacy has to be a foundation for everyone.

I also support the European Parliament’s idea to triple the Erasmus+ budget as part of the next long-term budget


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