Neelie Kroes' "Vision for Europe" at the World Economic Forum, in Davos 2014

Neelie Kroes, Commission vice president responsible for the Digital Agenda, participated in the World Economic Forum, in Davos on 21-25 January 2014. She talked about a vision for a connected, open and secure Europe and especially emphasized that Europe should not reject the huge economic and social opportunities offered by Big Data.

She highlighted the power and the potential of the Internet, as a technological tool to create a new kind of community, without barriers and borders, and the benefit of public open data as well as open access to science. With a view on the recent revelations regarding intrusion of privacy she emphasized also the demand of security and stressed that Europe has the opportunity to “…become known as the world´s safest, securest online space”, ensuring trustworthy cloud services, imposing legal obligations to manage cyber risks, investing in research and innovation and ensuring the safeguards of Big Data.

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