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04 June 2008 "How can the internet make the world a better place?
The  Organization for Econmic Co-operation and Develoment ( OECD ) created a YouTube channel entitled ' The future of the Internet ' to collect ideas.

09-10 June 2008
' 1st Eu-Japan symposium ' co-organized by the Directorate General for Information Society and Media of the European Commission and the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology of Japan (NiCT. A specific session devoted to ' Future Application - Broadband Application ' dealing among other things with SuperHiTV was chaired by Luis Rodríguez-Roselló, Head of Unit of Networked Media System. Brussels, Belgium. ( Click here for the full presentation )

11 June 2008
" We need  [...] strong European commitment to overcome those challenges especially in view of the new technologies and services in the media sector ", said Committee chair Greek Socialist Katarina Batzeli (PES)  at the presentation of  t he report " O n concentration and pluralism in the media in the European Union" - drafted by Estonian Socialist Marianne Mikko. The report also warns against the concentration of the media in the hands of a few companies because the media is vital to safeguarding democracy.It will be put to the vote in the full plenary in the future. European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium.  ( Click here for the full article )

12 June 2008
EU Telecoms Ministers met in Luxembourg . The Commission was represented by Commissioner Viviane Reding . The Ministers discussed several significant Telecoms dossiers, including the EU Telecoms Reform , the mid-term review of the i2010 strategy and the extension of the mandate of the European Network and Information Security Agency ( ENISA ). The extension of ENISA's mandate, proposed by the Commission, is an interim measure to ensure continuity of the Community's effort on network and information security and give time for further discussion on the Agency's future. Luxembourg.
( Click here for the official press release )

17-18 June 2008
"Since the 1990s, the internet has changed our life and has transformed our economy. This process will accelerate as the mobile internet and ultra-fast broadband make it possible to deliver innovative services such as eHealth and eLearning everywhere, even in the poorest and most remote communities. Europe is doing well as regards key elements of the future internet economy […]", said Commissioner Viviane Reding at OECD Ministerial Meeting on "Future of the internet economy" . Seoul , Korea.
( Click here for the full official speech )

23 June 2008
' Ageing well: European Commission unleashes €600m for development of new digital solutions for Europe's elderly people'. By 2020, 25% of the EU's population will be over 65. To respond to this growing demographic challenge, the Council of Ministers approved a Commission plan to make Europe a hub for developing digital technologies designed to help older people to continue living independently at home.
( Click here for the full press release

24 June 2008
" Aho Report on EU High-Tech Research : A Wake-up Call for Innovation in Europe ", says Commissioner Viviane Reding . Chaired by the former Finnish Prime Minister Esko Aho , the 'Aho Panel' issued a report analysing the effectiveness of Information Society research under the EU's 6th Framework Programme for Research and Development . The main conclusion is that although Europe has considerably improved its high-tech research, with the European Commission taking the lead in boosting Micro Computer and Nano-Electronic research, it now needs to move up a gear to bridge the innovation gap with other parts of the world.Brussels, Belgium.
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25 June 2008
"Users' behaviour over the Internet has been changing over the years. The two-way communication feature of the Internet has expanded to a larger user group in what is called web 2.0. The future is heading for a bigger take-up of the participation based web , while new forms such as the semantic web , with a better data structure, or the 3 dimensional web[...] are expected to increase their footprint", said Commissioner Viviane Reding at the the European Competitive Telecommunications Association ( ECTA ) Annual Conference on  ' Europe's Way to the High Speed Internet: Why Effective Network Competition is the Freeway to the Future ' . Brussels, Belgium.
( Click here for the full official speech )

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June 2008 PHAROS project coordinated under the supervision of the Networked Media System Unit , was selected 'Project of the Month' of the Directorate General for Information Society and Media of the European Commission. The P latform for searc H ing of A udiovisual R esources across O nline S paces ( Pharos – Lighting the Way for European audiovisual search ) aims at providing the means to search and explore contextually-relevant multimedia content, which could be audiovisual, structured or unstructured in origin. PHAROS will add semantic meaning to audiovisual content in a way that prepares it for information retrieval and help overcome the heterogeneity of video, music, images, and TV stream collections, making highly diverse content fully searchable and accessible.

12 June 2008
PULSES II  project coordinated under the supervision of the Networked Media System Unit , was awarded with the title of 'Best Demonstrator' at the ICT Mobile Summit 2008 , Stockholm, Sweden. The Pervasive Ultrawideband Low Spectral Energy Radio Systems ( Pulsers Phase II ) project aims at exploring the enormous potential of the innovative and disruptive radio technology embodied in Ultra-Wideband (UWB) and enabling introduction of new services, applications and devices based on this technology.

June 2008 New online demo on interactive TV by C-Mobile .  

The project coordinated under the supervision of the Networked Media System Unit  focuses on the investigation and definition of ways to use multicast technology to support personalized services. In particular the concept of multicast content community where users also contribute to the multicast service.

Call for papers by the International Journal of Computer Vision. Special Issue on: ' 3D Object Retrieval ' . The aim of this special issue is to stimulate researchers from different fields (computer vision, computer graphics, machine learning and human-computer interaction) who work on the common goal of 3D object retrieval, to present high caliber state-of-the-art work in the field and provide a crossfertilization ground that will stimulate discussions on the next steps in this important research area. The deadline for the submission of full papers is 30 September 2008 .

Call for papers by the IEEE Wireless Communications magazine. Special Issue on: ' Seamless Content Delivery in the Future Mobile Internet ' . The purpose of this special issue is to present to the magazine’s audience a concise, tutorial oriented reference of the state-of-the art, current and future research in seamless content delivery technologies, challenges and trends in the Future Mobile Internet. The deadline for the submission of full papers is 1 December 2008.

The last ISTAG Working Groups reports have been uploaded on CORDIS :

- ' Future Internet Infrastructure '

- ' Web-based Service Industry '

- ' ICT and Sustainability (including Energy and Environment) '

' Privacy in the Knowledge Society - the case of search engines '. A paper written by Ramon Compano from the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission in Seville. ( Click here for the full paper )  

' The Future of the Internet '. Research Minds are currently focused on the Future of the Internet. The CORDIS ICT Web service highlights cutting edge research in this field, with this compendium of collaborative research projects supported from the first round of EU funding from the Seventh Framework Programme for Research .
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24-26 September 2008 PICNIC , Amsterdam, Netherlands .
Thousands of creative minds from all over the world will come together in Amsterdam. Our Project CITIZEN MEDIA will actively participate to the event.

13 – 15 October 2008
NEM Summit 2008
Saint-Malo, France .
'Towards Future Media Internet'.
Networked Media Summit under the aegis of the European Commission's DG Information Society and Media , providing a unique opportunity to network and share information and viewpoints on R&D status and perspectives in this area.

20-22 October 2008
NordiCHI2008 ,
 Lund, Sweden .
The main Nordic forum for human-computer interaction research. CITIZEN MEDIA will organise 2 workshops:
• 'New approaches to requirements elicitation'
• 'How can HCI improve social media development?'

25 – 27 November 2008
ICT 2008 Event
Lyon, France .   Organized by the European Commission's Directorate General Information Society and Media and hosting leading visionaries from academia and industry addressing topics on Europe's role in shaping the future internet , ICT's contribution to advancing the sustainability agenda and alternative research paths for future ICT components and systems. The Networked Media Systems Unit will actively participate in the event.

22 January 2009
ICT Proposers day
at ' Hungexpo '. Budapest, Hungary .

10-12 June 2009
Santander, Spain .
The event will bring together experts from industry and research to share experiences and research results, identify future trends, discuss business opportunities and identify opportunities for international research collaboration under the ICT Theme of Framework Programme 7 (FP7) . The deadline for the submission of full papers is the 16 January 2009.

2008 – 2009 , South America .
Forthcoming workshops
organized by the Support Action SALA+ , fostering R&D cooperation between the EU and Latin America.











The Networked Media Team

Luis Rodríguez-Roselló
Head of Unit

Bartolomé Arroyo Fernández
Deputy Head of Unit

Scientific Officers
Loretta Anania
Isidro Laso Ballesteros  
Georgia Efthymiopoulou
Martin Hahn
Francisco Medeiros 
Kostas Papanikolaou

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Fabrizio Porrino

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