'Europe has the potential to leapfrog the next digital revolution'

14.06.2012 - 13:53

“Europe today faces many challenges and the Internet can help us resolve them”, affirmed Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for the Digital Agenda, at the European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG) seminar in Stockholm, on 14 June.

Within these challenges, Europe needs to ensure the jobs and growth that will lift citizens out of crisis. According to Kroes, Internet is the best platform to provide occupations, not only with job sites, also offering 700,000 ICT positions.

“Europe has the potential to leapfrog the next digital revolution, and to be in the lead”, she said, “it is time to get over the gloom of the euro-crisis and to embrace the future.” Today, as the vice president stated, almost every problematic situation can be solved by Internet, such as employment, climate change, education, health and public finances.
Nevertheless, at this moment is necessary an approach to Internet governance, but there are two different and opposite views. In one hand “public authorities have a duty to enforce the law and protect rights”, but in the other hand “we should not cramp the Internet's potential for innovation”, because it can benefit growth, democracy and higher quality public services.

Besides, Kroes called for a global unity and explained that European values, like freedom, cultural diversity and regulated markets, might mean for a European vision for the Internet. The continent can learn a lot for other parts of the world, but she “believe there is as much entrepreneurial spirit here in Europe as in Silicon Valley.”

Europe is working really hard to be at the same level than the US. The European Commission had launched the project Better Internet for Children, presented a new proposal on eIdentification and e-signatures, and is trying to create a safest and more comfortable cyberspace. Withal is essential an EU co-operation “if we want to project our European vision onto the world stage”, and also to deliver policy guidance, concluded the commissioner.