MediaRoad project round-up

Dear partners, followers, and friends

The time has come for the MediaRoad project to bid goodbye, at least for now. To support the European Media Ecosystem for Innovation, we kicked off in September 2017, and on 31 October 2019, it completed its cycle. 

Below you can read the highlights of our project Hubs: Sandbox, Policy and Network.

Thank you for keeping up with our project developments and being part of MediaRoad community in the past 26 months. We will continue to work to advance European media innovation, and we wish to stay in touch with you. Feel free to contact us and join a conversation in our group.

With our best regards,

the MediaRoad Team

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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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MEDIAROAD CLOSING CONFERENCE

ACCELERATING EUROPEAN MEDIA INNOVATION

MEDIAROAD CLOSING CONFERENCE & EBU MEDIA INNOVATION EVENT

 

Tuesday 8 October 2019, 09.00 – 17.00
Hotel Renaissance, Rue du Parnasse 19, 1050 Brussels

 

Innovation is essential to ensure the sustainability and development of Europe’s media and creative industries in an increasingly global and competitive market place.

Join us for the Accelerating European Media Innovation event and find out more about the latest media technology developments.

Come and discuss the future media research and innovation projects and policy priorities for 2021-2027.

Experience the exciting on-site demos and listen to experts’ and professionals’ analysis of trends influencing the media space.

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MediaRoad’s response to the Stakeholders’ Consultation on Horizon Europe Co-design 2021-2024

Written by Heritiana Ranaivoson & Luciano Morganti


Have your say on future objectives for EU-funded research and innovation

On the 28th of June 2019, the European Union, in the preparation of the implementation of Horizon Europe, launched an online consultation to prepare a ‘Strategic Plan’ for Horizon Europe that will guide the work programmes and calls for proposals for Horizon Europe’s first four years (2021-2024). It is complemented by an online consultation on Horizon Europe Co-design – Implementation, open until the 4th of October 2019.

This post recaps MediaRoad’s response, generally asking for a more systematic presence of the media sector in Horizon Europe’s work programmes.  It follows the structure of the guidelines.

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Take part in the Stakeholder Consultation on future and emerging technological trends for the media sector

Digitisation is reshaping industries, with technology transforming the way they function. The media industry is no exception, and technological innovations have been – and will be – adopted in every part of the media value chain. Technological trends are influencing the audiovisual and radio ecosystem, prompting changes in political, social and economic dimensions.

Are you part of the media industry, the audiovisual or radio sector?

Are you interested in understanding the evolution of the media sector and are you interested in technological innovation?

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MediaRoad’s response to the Stakeholders’ Consultation on Draft AI Ethics Guidelines: interesting but… what about media?!?

Written by Heritiana Ranaivoson & Luciano Morganti


Draft Ethics Guidelines for Trustworthy AI

On the 18th of December 2018, the European Union’s high level expert group on artificial intelligence today released draft ethics guidelines. They were open for comments until the 18th of January 18 (extended to 1st of February).

This post recaps MediaRoad’s response, in particular arguing for the media sector to be also considered, in particular as a use case.  It follows the structure of the guidelines.

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European Elections, Media and Disinformation: a tricky rebus to solve! The intake from EuroPCom 2018

Written by Luciano Morganti & Heritiana Ranaivoson

EuroPCom 2018

 

On the 8th and 9th of November 2018, the 9th edition of EuroPCom, the European Public Communication Conference, was held at the Committee of the Regions in Brussels. This year the conference scored a record figure of 1,714 registrations. Also this was the first gender-balanced EuroPCom event to date! But this year EuroPCom established also other records with a very young audience (41% of participants were under 30 years old), 15% of participants coming from academia, and 66% female participants. As stated last year, EuroPCom is now the de facto annual “to be” event for communication managers and experts from local, regional, national and European authorities.

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Driving the Future of Media Innovation in Europe

The MediaRoad Vision Paper on the Future of Media Innovation presents a concerted effort to offer practical policies to support the European media sector’s digital transformation and ensure its future sustainability in an increasingly competitive global market.

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.

Support from the European Union research and innovation funding programme Horizon 2020 has been crucial in bringing these ideas to life. With the culmination of Horizon 2020 and efforts to prepare its successor “Horizon Europe”, media stakeholders and policy makers are faced with a unique opportunity to share their vision to how to drive the future of research and innovation in Europe.

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Artificial Intelligence: the European Commission outlines a European approach to boost investment and sets ethical guidelines

by Guenaelle Collet

Europe has world-class researchers, laboratories and start-ups in the field of AI. The EU is also strong in robotics. However, fierce international competition requires coordinated action for the EU to be at the forefront of AI development.

On 25 April, the European Commission published a series of measures to boost Europe’s competitiveness in the field of AI. The Commission’s approach is three-fold: it aims to increase public and private investment in AI, prepare for socio-economic changes, and ensure an appropriate ethical and legal framework.

On the financial support front, the Commission is increasing its investment to €1.5 billion for the period 2018-2020 under the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

As regards socio-economic challenges and changes to the job market, the Commission is encouraging Member States to modernise their education and training systems and support labour market transitions. The Commission will also directly support business-education partnerships to attract and keep more AI talent in Europe and set up dedicated training schemes with financial support from the European Social Fund. Proposals under the EU’s next multiannual financial framework (2021-2027) will also include strengthened support for training in advanced digital skills, including AI-specific expertise.

As regards ethical and legal frameworks, the Commission would like to set standards for market players in the EU and position the EU industry on the global scene

It is soon to appoint a High Level Expert Group (HLEG) that will steer the work and contribute towards drafting ethical guidelines on AI developments by the end of 2018. Those guidelines should be based on the EU’s Charter of Fundamental Rights, taking into account principles such as data protection and transparency, and building on the work of the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies. To help develop these guidelines, the Commission will bring together all relevant stakeholders in a European AI Alliance. Parallel discussions on ethical guidelines are ongoing at G7 level.

Moreover, in order to further create an environment that stimulates investment, the Commission is proposing legislation to open up more data for re-use and measures to make data sharing easier. This covers data from public utilities and the environment as well as research and health data.

On 10 April, 25 Member States expressed their support for such EU positioning by signing a Declaration of cooperation on AI. The composition of the HLEG is expected to be announced in the end of May.

The media sector calls for a dedicated funding scheme to support innovation and creativity in Europe

Press release

BRUSSELS, 24 MAY 2018 

Two leading EU-funded media projects, I3 and MediaRoad, gathered today representatives from the European Parliament, European Commission and media organisations to discuss the challenges facing media innovation and the need for a common programme within the next European Financial Framework. The event was hosted and supported by MEP Dr. Christian Ehler, co-chair of the Intergroup of Cultural and Creative Industries (CCIs).

During the debate, the sector highlighted its needs to foster media research and innovation in Europe and ensure its competitiveness, jointly calling for a dedicated funding programme integrating technology innovation and creativity in Europe.

By creating an open and horizontal innovation scheme, the EU could bridge the existing gaps between technological innovation, creative content production

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