10 Romanian change makers in Financial Times’ 2016 New Europe 100 List

The 2016 New Europe 100 is the third annual list of Central and Eastern Europe’s brightest and best people — plus the organisations who are changing the region’s societies, politics or business environments and displaying innovation, entrepreneurialism and fresh approaches to prevailing problems. Continue reading 10 Romanian change makers in Financial Times’ 2016 New Europe 100 List

Event in Retrospective: Diaspora In The Digital Age

Institute for Digital Government celebrates International Democracy Day through a digital diplomacy seminar

The International Day of Democracy (15th September 2016) was marked by Institute for Digital Government through a seminar symbolically entitled “Diaspora in the Digital Age: New Opportunities for Open Government Partnerships”. The event aimed to analyze the potential of digital technologies to shape the manner in which foreign ministries and embassies communicate and conduct their relations with target audiences, as well as the mechanisms through which these interactions could be strengthened and connected to the opportunities endowed by the Informational Era. Besides, the seminar sought to develop recommendations meant to improve the capacity of Romanian institutions to interact with the Romanian diaspora and that could be translated into potential public policies. The event was organised in partnership with the Department of Policies for Relations with Romanians Abroad within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Oxford Digital Diplomacy Research Group, with the support of the Romanian Presidency and of the Open Government Partnership (OGP). Continue reading Event in Retrospective: Diaspora In The Digital Age

The Digital Economy & Society Index – how digital is Romania?

The Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) is a composite index that summaries 30 relevant indicators on Europe’s digital performance and tracks the evolution of EU Member States, across five main dimensions: Connectivity, Human Capital, Use of Internet, Integration of Digital Technology, Digital Public Services.

  1. Connectivity – measures the deployment of broadband infrastructure and its quality.
  2. Human Capital – measures the skills needed to take advantage of the possibilities offered by a digital society.
  3. Use of Internet – accounts for the variety of activities performed by citizens already online.
  4. Integration of Digital Technology – measures the digitizationof businesses and their exploitation of the online sales channel.
  5. Digital Public Services – measures the digitizationof public services, focusing on eGovernment.

The DESI 2016 summaries data collected mostly during calendar year 2015, which are at the basis of the main DESI ranking of EU member states. Each score in the DESI is between 0 and 1, with higher values representing better performance. The DESI 2016 shows that both the European Union as a whole as well as individual Member States are progressing towards a digital economy and society. However, member states are at different levels of development and are progressing at different speeds.

To calculate a country’s overall score, each set and subset of indicators were given a specific weighting by European Commission experts.

Main results

  • According to the report, overall, Europe is progressing. The EU as a whole attained a score of 0.52 in 2016, up from 0.50 last year. Improvement was mostly driven by the Connectivity and Integration of Digital Technology dimensions, the two fastest growing dimensions in the index. Developments in Digital Public Services and Human Capital have all but stagnated this year.
  • As you can see from the graph below, Denmark, the Netherlands and Sweden registers the highest scores across all 5 indicators, while Greece, Bulgaria and Romania are placed on the last 3 positions due to insufficient investments in infrastructure, too small a progress in digitizing the public sectors or not enough digital skills amongst their citizens.

 

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  • Running ahead countries are those that score above the EU average and whose score grew faster than that of the EU over the last year. These are countries that perform well and that have been developing at a pace that allows them to further distance themselves from the EU average.
    Countries in this cluster: Austria, Germany, Estonia, Malta, the Netherlands and Portugal.
  • Lagging ahead countries are those that score above the EU average but whose score grew slower than that of the EU over the last year. These countries perform well, but their development is now very slow and, as such, they are lagging in comparison to the progress of the EU as a whole. Countries in this cluster: Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
  • Catching up countries are those that score below the EU average but whose score grew faster than that of the EU over the last year. These countries are developing faster than the EU as a whole and are thus catching up with the EU average. Countries in this cluster: Spain, Croatia, Italy, Latvia, Romania and Slovenia

 

**The DESI aims to help EU countries identify areas requiring priority investments and action, in order to create a truly Digital Single Market – one of the top priorities of the Commission. Building on the DESI findings and in parallel to the European Semester, in May 2016, the Commission’s Digital Progress Report will give an in-depth assessment of how the EU and Member States are progressing in their digital development and will recommend potential steps to help improve national digital performance.

Article drafted by Mihai Bogdan Mocanu, intern @ Institute for Digital Government. Mihai is a recent graduate of an MA in Diplomacy and Negotiation (SNSPA Bucharest) and a passionate about photography. He has competencies in the realm of institutional communication, having completed internships with the UK Embassy in Romania, the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as other volunteering projects.

Caremob Launches To Unite People As News Breaks and Events Unfold

New social mobile platform provides a tool that empowers the masses to speak with one united voice regardless of boundaries such as location and culture.

Caremob, a social mobile app that unites people as news breaks and events unfold, was launched yesterday, January 28, exclusively on the Apple Store. Instead of posting content on existing social media, where it can splinter into a million different comments, people can now transform breaking news into global movements of peace, protest, empathy, mourning, celebration and support.

“People feel like they no longer have a voice or are scared to share their opinions on social media due to the anger, shame, guilt or embarrassment thrown at them by others who don’t agree. Caremob was created as a result of the fact that we have these amazing super computers in our pockets and are hyper connected to each other, yet social media platforms are driving us further apart” said Caremob founder Steve Haase.

Using a patent-pending “one touch” technology, Caremob users hold their thumb down on one of six universal response buttons — peace, protest, empathy, celebration, support and mourning — to form virtual movements, or “Mobs” in response to breaking news and current events. As they hold their thumb down, a live global heat map replaces the news story and shows the locations of all other users uniting in response in that very moment. This one touch technology and the intentional lack of open commenting structure allows people to unite with emotion in quantifiable, visual movements rather than attack one another with words.

“For more than 40 years, we have been focused on looking at individual and collective consciousness, and more recently we’ve been turning to mobile technology to see how that interconnectedness can be measured,” said Cassandra Vieten, President and CEO of the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS). “The potential for an app like Caremob to unite large portions of our world as they engage around important issues is incredibly exciting and could not come at a more important time.”

Stories are currently available via RSS feeds from various news outlets, however Caremob users are also able to bring their own stories to the platform to create united movements, transforming citizen journalism into citizen activism in a brand new way.

Caremob is available to download for free in the Apple Store.

About Caremob

Caremob is a social mobile app that unites people as news breaks and events unfold. Currently available on iOS, the app uses a patent-pending “one touch” technology to help people around the world form virtual movements of peace, protest, empathy, celebration, support and mourning in response to breaking news and current events. Caremob was launched in January 2016 by Steve Haase, one of the original members of the team that built The Orchard into one of the largest digital distribution platforms for music and video in the world today.