5G User perspective and implementation – WS 15 2021

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30 June 2021 | 14:45-15:45 CEST | Studio Belgrade | Video recording | Live transcription
Consolidated programme 2021 overview / Day 2

Proposals: #32 #45 #46 #98 #99

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Session teaser

5G is the most recent innovation on telecommunication networks. Vendors and telecom operators promise higher throughput, lower latency, computing in the network, and other features. The session will explore the opportunities and the challenges of 5G deployments from various perspectives such as Smart Cities, Public Institutions, Technology Sustainability, Platforms Transparency, Consolidation, Privacy, and Human Rights.

Session description

Will 5G benefit society with future-proof technology or rather stimulate consolidation and create risks for privacy and other human rights? This session will explore the potential upsides of the socio-technical impact of 5G such as its role in smart cities and smart communities, the digital divide, IoT, Industry and PA digitalization and edge cloud applications for a better environment monitoring, as well as potential negative impacts such as its impact on user privacy, environmental impact, decreasing networking transparency, and the possibility of an increase in fine grained censorship and filter bubbles. What are the actual business models that are driving 5G, and what is its prospect in current geopolitical configurations?

This session aims to be an interactive discussion between experts and stakeholders from Industry, Institutions and Society and seeks to further the debate on how regulation and technological development can create communication networks that function in the public interest.


Panel style opening remarks followed by questions through moderator, and extended open Q&A at end

  • Introduction – moderator (5”)
  • Introductory statement by EC (5”)
  • Introductory remarks from 3-4 panel speakers (5” per speaker: 20”) on 5G and human impact
  • Moderator questions to panel (10”)
  • Q&A questions from audience through moderator (15')
  • Wrap up and closing remarks (5')

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  • Pierpaolo Marchese, Independent Consultant

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  • André Melancia
  • Roberto Gaetano, EURALO
  • Pierpaolo Marchese, Independent Consultant
  • Riccardo Nanni, University of Bologna
  • Niels ten Oever
  • Martina Segreto
  • Fotjon Kosta, Coordinator of Albania IGF
  • Marie-Noemie Marques, Orange

Key Participants

  • Dr Achilleas Kemos, Policy Officer, European Commission, Future Connectivity Systems, DG CONNECT – Introductory remarks
Achilleas is Policy Officer at the European Commission's Unit dealing with Future Connectivity Systems, with a particular focus on 5G standardization activities. He has been EC representative in the key technical bodies related to IP standards issues and IP address allocation policies (IETF and RIPE respectively) since 2012, bridging policy considerations with technology. In his career with the EC, he has dealt with issues on Internet Governance, managing the HLG on Internet Governance, ITU relations, Network and Information Security, and Digital broadcasting. He is currently co-chairing RIPE's Cooperation Working Group.
  • Prof Fiorella Belpoggi, Istituto Ramazzini
Biologist, Fiorella is Research Director at the Istituto Ramazzini in Bologna, a Centre for independent research and prevention of cancer and environmental diseases. In her career, she has held several responsibility positions in Academy and public health institutions. She has published more than 150 scientific papers.
  • Amelia Andersdotter, FITUG e. V., former member of the EU Parliament
Amelia is Director of Strategic Initiatives at CENTR, an umbrella organization for European country-code top level domain (ccTLD) registries, in Brussels. She is a technical privacy advisor to the Rethinking Data project at Ada Lovelace Institute in London. Since 2019, she is a digital rights advisor in the Acceptable Ads Committee too, and an active member of Swedish NGOs oriented towards the continuous improvement of privacy and data protection in law and technology.
Previously, she was a Member of the European Parliament in the 7th legislature on behalf of European Pirates and a member of the Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) of the Internet Governance Forum between 2013-2016.
  • Théo Jaekel, Ericsson
Théo is a Legal Counsel and Business and Human Rights expert at Ericsson, responsible for the company’s HR strategy and execution, including addressing risks throughout Ericsson’s value chain. Théo has previously led the human rights practice group at Vinge Law Firm, and worked as a researcher at Swedwatch, conducting research on business impacts on human rights in high-risk contexts. Currently, Théo also holds a position as Lecturer in International Law at Stockholm University, teaching Business and HR at the Faculty of Law, and is a Member of the Board of UN Global Compact Network Sweden.

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  • Louise Marie Hurel, PhD Researcher, London School of Economics and Political Science
Louise Marie is a PhD Researcher in Data, Networks and Society at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) focusing on technical security expertise, emerging security epistemologies, cybersecurity governance, and incident response. She is, too, Head of Digital Security Programme at Igarapé Institute, in Rio de Janeiro.
She has an MSc in Media and Communications (Data and Society) from the LSE, where she studied the governmentality of IoT Platforms.

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  • For Europe, the development of high speed communications infrastructure, 5G in particular, is a strategic priority. The COVID-19 pandemic acted as a catalyst for a faster rollout.
  • 5G networks may bring certain risks for security and privacy. We need to conduct a thorough assessment of all risks, including consequences for the future of work, health, and the environment, and involve industry and other stakeholders to address these issues when deploying 5G networks.
  • We need to keep in mind economic and legal challenges that EU member states face – absence of cohesion in national spectrum policies and in security and safety requirements – which hinder the rapid deployment of 5G.

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