Digiworld Summit: trust at the very heart of a digital Europe

The 38th Digiworld Summit, organized by the IDATE (Institute for audiovisual and telecommunications in Europe), was held in Montpellier from the 15th to the 17th of November.

The program of this new edition entitled, "The Digital Trust economy, included digital trust, security and privacy protection, for 3 days of conferences and debates.

The plenary sessions were devoted to the following issues:

  • Have we reached the tolerance level with regards to digital trust?
  • How do the historical actors that are the manufacturers and telecoms operators take advantage of the new environment?
  • Is there a need for a new framework and a new regulation to oversee and reinforce trust for market players and consumers?
  • How to understand the risks associated with autonomous and connected cars and more generally to the generalisation of the Internet of Things (IoT)?

During the discussions, main actors of the digital world have shared their visions. Ramon Fernandez, Director of Finance and Strategy of the Orange Group, considers that to be a trusted partner represents a strong asset in facing the emergence of many digital actors, in an increasingly open and complex world. Also on the Telecom side, Telefonica defends the idea that the role of an operator is to give to customer the control of their digital life.

The European Commission has presented its vision regarding the future of connectivity in Europe through the draft of the new European Electronic Communications Code, free Wifi access in public places, and the European Action Plan relating to the arrival of 5G.

The President of the CNIL, Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, highlighted the European Regulation "GDPR" (General Data Protection Regulation) which aims to strengthen and harmonise personal data protection among all companies targeting European consumers.Arcep has, on the other hand, pointed out the fact that the actors of the Internet are global, and therefore, the regulatory approach should be at least European.

Furthermore, many discussions over the blockchain were brought up over these 3 days of conference. The issues debated were its impact on security and on personal data protection, along with its ability to substitute the trusted third-party and in particular the historical actors of the banking market. It was also raised the matter of a possible link between the blockchain and the secure and decentralized management of the digital identity.

Axelle Lemaire, Secretary of State in charge of digital and innovation, closed this event by stating that France would be the most connected country in Europe in the next decade.

The sessions were extended the afternoon with forums around 7 major themes: connected objects, TV and video, Fintech, Video Games, Smart Cities, Digital Africa and Future Networks.