5G User perspective and implementation – WS 15 2021

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30 June 2021 | 14:45-15:45 CEST | Studio Trieste
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 (20”)

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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
  • Prof Fiorella Belpoggi, Istituto Ramazzini
  • Dr Amelia Andersdotter, FITUG e. V., former member of the EU Parliament
  • Théo Jaekel, Ericsson

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