#TheFutureIsYours Shaping Europe’s digital future
The future in your hands! Debate on digital change in Europe of the future
Recovering from the challenges posed by the pandemic, Europe seeks to be greener and a leader in digital technologies. This requires technologies such as artificial intelligence or blockchain, cloud, data and its protection and infrastructure. In order for technological solutions to serve the European society, skills are needed to make full use of the opportunities offered by digitalisation. Although Lithuania has not yet succeeded in achieving a breakthrough in this area, in recent years there has been an active focus on increasing the number of innovations, encouraging companies to develop and deploy AI solutions. What digital skills do we lack most and how do we acquire them? Artificial intelligence is a threat or opportunity for the state, business and society? What should European digital identity look like? What rules do we need to make algorithms and data not a threat, but help in our daily lives? Where to invest to win the global digital race and not to be dependent on technologies from other countries? On Thursday 25 November 2021, at 4 p.m., you are invited to take part in a remote discussion on Europe’s digital transformation and further developments in this field. The event will include a workshop of ideas to find answers to what changes the EU needs to become the leaders of digitalisation, and the benefits of this process can also be managed by everyone. Experts will provide insights on the topical issues in this field and join the workshop: Professor Ramūnas Vilpišauskas, Jean Monnet Chair, Institute of International Relations and Political Science (VU TSPMI) of Vilnius University and Arūnė Matelytė, Head of the project “GovTech Laboratory” (Promotion and Promotion of Artificial Intelligence Technologies in Lithuania). Pre-registration is required in order to participate in the event: https://bit.ly/CoFEMarijampolė The day before the event participants’ registration form, a link and instructions for the event will be sent by e-mail. Nine citizens’ debates will take place across Lithuania to discuss problems and possible solutions in key areas of EU governance. During the events, the most prominent experts in their field will share insights and develop ideas with participants/participants in the future of Europe. This debate is part of the Conference on the European Union. The discussion cycle is organised by the European Commission Representation in Lithuania, Europe Direct Centres, Vilnius University Institute for International Relations and Political Science and Jean Monnet Chair Professor Ramūnas Vilpišauskas. The event is co-financed by the European Union’s Erasmus+ programme.
Event reportThe event took place on 25 November 2021 from 4 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. remotely on the Zoom platform. The event consisted of two parts: an interactive discussion of digitalisation and EU experts (Jean Monnet Chair Professor Ramūnas Vilpišauskas and the head of the project “GovTech Laboratorija” Arūnė Matelytė) and the subsequent workshop. The participants were divided into 5 groups and, with the help of experts and moderators, identified the key challenges for the EU’s global leadership in digitalisation, as well as discussions on concrete solutions. The main issues discussed included the use of AI, data protection, the digital skills of different groups of society and tools to enhance it, the challenges and lessons learned during distance learning and other topics. The participants’ suggestions were placed on the Sli.do platform, commented by experts, and during the joint vote the ideas were ranked according to their support. About 40 people, representing different age groups (dominated by students of all ages) participated in the event. Participants in workshops are grouped randomly, which ensured close cooperation between different groups of society, exchange of views, better understanding of each other’s (needs)
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