ICT-44: Next Generation Media

Join the info webinar for the topic ICT-44-2020: Next Generation Media on Tuesday, 5 November 2019 | 11:30 am 

ICT-44 is at present being open to submit proposals in the context of Horizon 2020, and will close on 16th January 2020 at 17.00.

ICT44-2020 calls for Innovation Actions and Coordination/Support Actions in three subtopics:

(all details are given: https://ec.europa.eu/info/funding-tenders/opportunities/portal/screen/opportunities/topic-details/ict-44-2020)

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MEDIA INDUSTRY IS KEY TO EUROPEAN DIGITAL SOVEREIGNTY

European public service media organizations are ready to take on a stronger role of leadership in the drive to strengthen Europe’s digital sovereignty – that was one of the key themes at this week’s ‘Accelerating European Media Innovation’ event in Brussels, a joint conference co-organized by the MediaRoad consortium and the EBU.

“The media sector plays a central role in making Europe fit for the digital age”,

said Antonio Arcidiacono, EBU Director of Technology & Innovation, in his keynote to an audience of EU lawmakers, EBU Members and high-level speakers including the current EU Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Mariya Gabriel.

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Six Crucial Technological Trends for the Media Sector

The MediaRoad Vision Paper on Future and Emerging Technologies for the Media Sector analyses six technological trends – Artificial Intelligence (AI), Immersive technologies, Blockchain, 5G, Internet of Things (IoT) and Convergence – and their impacts on media sectors, and provides policy recommendations aiming at ensuring positive consequences for our societies.

The Paper has been developed by the Policy Hub of MediaRoad. Launched in September 2017, the two-year MediaRoad project brings together a wide range of European media stakeholders. The project aims to provide recommendations for future-proofing media policies and promoting the implementation of innovative media concepts. MediaRoad benefits from the support and funding from the European Union research and innovation funding programme Horizon 2020.

MediaRoad’s 2nd Vision Paper takes as starting point the 1st Vision Paper on the Future of Media Innovation, and its identification of key trends and challenges for the European media sector, and the derived policy recommendations. Based on a combination of various sources (in particular experts interviews and an online survey), it provides, for each technological trend, an analysis of its likely impact on the media sector and on society as a whole, and policy recommendations. 

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Press Release: European Media Innovation Key To Competitiveness

Supporting European media innovation is key to ensuring the industry remains competitive, a MediaRoad conference in Brussels has concluded. The event saw the publication of a new MediaRoad vision paper and highlighted the success of the project, funded by the EU Horizon 2020 programme, in building an ecosystem for innovation and collaboration in the media sector.

Accelerating European media innovation is an essential means to promote media pluralism and freedom of expression. It will ensure the sustainability and development of Europe’s media and creative industry.

“An adequate regulatory framework and the support of relevant EU programmes are simply vital to the acceleration of media innovation in Europe” said Nicola Frank, EBU Head of European Affairs.

The EBU & MediaRoad have put forward 9 recommendations to this end:

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