Public innovation in the Digital Agenda for Europe: crowdsourcing ideas

Europe’s public services are in turmoil and there is increasing pressure put on public services to evolve urgently. We are committed in going digital to triple the bottom line of sustainability: environmental, social and economic.

Europe is hard at work when it comes to digital public services and sustainability with initiatives such as cross-border e-government, e-health for 2020, the European Innovation Partnership for active & healthy ageing, Digital Champions for e-literacy & e-inclusion, and soon a Smart Cities and Communities initiative.

This idea-generation space is launched to prepare the ground for the Mid-Term Review of the Digital Agenda for Europe (to be published in late 2012) and in preparation of the Digital Agenda Assembly. We aim to leverage the intelligence of Europeans to draw here the largest number of good ideas about one main question:

In which concrete ways should new Europe enable and deliver innovation in digital public services and sustainability?

  • For example, should we step up R&D in connecting activities and ‘liberating data’ in health and care?
  • Should we invest more – and in what – in Horizon 2020 in public sector innovation to enable citizens’ co-creation of digital public services?
  • What else?

Where will your ideas go?
The most voted and commented ideas will be analyzed and taken into account in the context of the the Mid-Term Review of the Digital Agenda for Europe. They will also be an input for support at European level such as in Horizon 2020 or other programmes and initiatives..
But we are also very interested in initiatives that you directly carry out to promote public innovation, which could be replicated across Europe.

How can we deliver public innovation through the Digital Agenda for Europe?

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  1. Break free from the digital dependency of Europe

    The European Commission should actively overcome our strategic digital dependencies, for instance on word processing software and search engines, by financing of competing solutions. This would not only save Europeans and enterorises large amounts of money but also enable European solutions providers access to the digital interfaces to promote innovation and their solutions. The only way to overcome the eColony state of European markets is the creative destruction of the current monopolies by competition. Dependencies on digital formats are more dangerous than dependencies on oil and gas because they endanger our freedom and our access to technology and culture.

    18 votes
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    • Empower Citizens - give citizens through technology the power to force processes to adabt to their needs

      The Public Sector is focussing on controlling citizens from a Command & Control paradigme - it will never work.
      The only operational alternative is to give citizens full control over reuse of their data forcing processes to orient to citizens needs. The same will restore markets. The public sector should open services towards citizens so they can combine, recombine and replace services according to need.
      It will eliminate surveillance, profilling, tracking and make identity theft almost impossible. I.e. eHealth would NOT have central profiling.

      12 votes
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      • Introduce inducement prizes for public innovation

        It's not about WHAT to finance, it's about HOW. Europe should make wider use of inducement prizes. See the US platform www.challenge.gov and the US "America Competes" act. Additional comments here: http://egov20.wordpress.com/2011/09/19/an-inside-look-in-the-us-croudsourcing-platform-challenge-gov/

        11 votes
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        • European Operating System

          The Commission should let develop an European Operating System for its citizens. We can not be safe online when the source code of our operating systems are owned by companies outside of Europe like Microsoft or Apple and may include backdoors for foreign secret agencies. The development of a european operating system could be an excellent opportunity to build productive competence in Europe, create jobs and national security. As many components are already available for reuse it is not rocket science anymore to create our own operating system but it needs the financial support for quality and convenience. It's about…

          10 votes
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          • Net Neutrality

            Here few simple words about the subject: make a EU law for net neutrality like the existing law in Netherlands or Chile!

            9 votes
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            • Blend of political transparency and social ...

              It would be great to be able to identify, discover and connect with elected representatives via social media (both local and EU level). This would foster direct democracy and allow to get in touch with your officials right away. Say you provide your postal code and receive the list of people representing you, get a taste of where do they stand politically in the relationship to the key issues, their voting history, etc ... There should be further opportunity to engage in exchange of views, conduct opinion polls, etc ... Blend of political transparency and social media ... Here is…

              7 votes
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              • 1 Billion Open Source migration

                Make a large scale open source migration to forster the European competitive advantage in that area and lower dependencies of the public sector. Any dependence on foreign software without disclosure of source code is a severe national security risk for Europe. to get the competitive edge the EC should earmark 1 billion Euro for open source development in Europe and encourage the transfer of knowledge between the different municipalities in europe carrying out their open source migration.

                7 votes
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                • city Wifi

                  In all City centers free WIfi should be made available by the authorities so you could use your laptops in the park. It is actually quite cheap to provide for it, the only obstacle are legal risks for which solutions have to be invented!

                  6 votes
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                  • The 21st century media needs 21st century promise

                    Development of social media will continue in the future.
                    However, many problems -- personal information is exposed -- are also in the shade of development.
                    We cannot enjoy ourselves comfortably.
                    The 21st century media needs 21st century promise.
                    I think needs the promise beyond a country of the global standard and we desire that the contents which showed the fundamental action about social media. It is shown to not only an adult but a child, we can expect educational effects.

                    6 votes
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                    • Make Empowerment a Right

                      A critical element of re-empowering citizens to enable demnd-pull is the right to control their data in everyday transactions.

                      The revision of the Data Protection Directive talks about the "Right to be forgotten". However the "right to be forgotten" pre-requities the power to say no or to be certain that you revoke the ability to misuse your data provided. And you have lost this power forever, when you identify or you devices/communicaton channels becomes recognisable.

                      Therefore we need to enforce this in an operational way in a "Right to remain not identified",

                      What constitutes this right - a right to…

                      5 votes
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                      • START-UP EUROPE.COOP: CREATE AN INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY.COOP ORGANISATION FOR THIRD SECTOR

                        The time is now for a powerful Third /Social Sector to finally emerge from the ashes of Crash 2008 and stretch its wings right across every Country in the EU and the Greater Europe too, all 47 countries. This is a huge, virtually untapped sector which for far too long has been flying under the radar, As it is released it will bring with it a tidal wave of young, raw, new energy, innovation and livelihoods through new e-skilled Jobs - as it spearheads a Start-up Europe.Coop in a next generation of co-operatives - one that embraces Digital Agenda Europe…

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                        • Gift for Europe!

                          Prove we love Greece and honour her Ancient Rites as much as we honour her Human Rights!

                          Let us prove this Digital Agenda Assembly priniciple and premise is a true beacon in the night and relocate EU Parliament in spirit by taking Digital AGenda?Assembly Projects and all Members to operate for 6 months in Greece.

                          Maybe as a rotational shift, but definately digitally it can be achieved! So you create a financial stimulus of relocation for delegates, housing, shopping, a miniature economy gifting itself and its operational costs to the Community whilst sharing the very latest knowledge The European Union…

                          4 votes
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                          • idea management

                            we need idea management systems inside public consultation systems. in this way we can filter ideas. it is relevant 2 distributed leadership

                            4 votes
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                            • Make better use of the existing platforms and databases

                              Make better use of the existing platforms and databases (such as ePractice.eu) in recognising innovative initiatives across Europe, e.g. through highlighting the most interesting cases periodically with a good practice label (this was done until 2009). Of course, this should not be done too often (bi-annually?) and the number of selected cases should be limited to add a touch of exclusivity to motivate the organisations to post their projects. The ePractice database has quite a large selection of cases (with contact data) and this might allow for better orientation in the system (i.e. to understand which cases are remarkable on…

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                              • Creation of DigiServicesPedia: The Encyclopedia of digital services & products in Europe

                                Wikipedia has become of the most important tool of reference when looking for relatively reliable information on a subject.
                                The crowdsourcing process indeed guaranty a good level of neutrality and a relatively level of freshness of the information, allowing people to make quickly an informed decision on a subject.

                                However, information about companies and products is extremely limited in Wikipedia, because of different rules, such as the requirement of notability of the information, and conflict of interest rules. As a consequence, companies & products (and notably small one) have difficulty to "exist" in this space. Tentative of being present in…

                                4 votes
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                                • Full scale screening for vulnerabilities

                                  The EU should promote a full-scale screening of source code used in common online tools (messangers, web servers, web browsers, desktop systems) for vulnerabilities and security flaws. That would ensure resilience of software and reduce the social costs of corporate security mismatches, esp for the vital information infrastructure which affects many european citizens.

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                                  • the Digital Local Agenda for Open Government in the EU

                                    Our idea is not knew to the EU but it still lacking a strong support through EU policy action. The Digital Local Agenda is being promoted by stakeholders at local level and an appropriate methodology is being built through the EISCO conferences since 2005. The objective is to address needs regarding ICT public services to citizens and enterprises mapping them and building plans right from the European territories at the local level, where most of the public services are delivered. Each Region should coordinate the building of DLA plans involving local governments and local actors (PPP) that traduce into priorities…

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                                    • Moving the children from the front of the PC display “behind it”. Turning children gradually from PC users to software developers starting

                                      Developing a range of toys - in the form of classic - looking plastic robots, puppies, Cinderella etc. with a central removable microprocessor which can be connected to a computer, children have the opportunity to learn how to program the microprocessor so the toy performs certain tasks such as lifting its arms, moving its feet, blinking, barking, etc. These actions are possible because the toy has built including servo-motors, hydraulic moving parts, sound devices and so on, which are controlled by the programmed microprocessor.

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                                      • MY IDEA...EU: Creation of a portal Official (by the European Commission) single (Country members & non-EU) UEe-D

                                        MY IDEA...Proposal for the creation : EU: Creation of a portal Official (by the European Commission) single (Country members & non-EU) UEe-Diplomacy « data.europeandiplomacy.eu ».
                                        Digital diplomacy, a tool of "soft power" for a new face of international relations...
                                        Bien à vous, Morgane BRAVO
                                        http://twitter.com/#!/MorganeBravo
                                        https://twitter.com/#!/EcologieI

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                                        • An EU Invention Calendar - Digital Projects & Smartphone Apps!

                                          A European Union Invention Calendar which quickly and efficiently selects 'ready to go' projects and become Smartphone Applications for Digitised Platforms and Format of Business.

                                          This Agenda shall need clever Entrepreneurs, Scientists, Technologists, New Thinkers, Business Plans, Data and Model Matrix blended with Financial Forecast of a minimal outlay investment for highest profit returns and greatest possible number of stimulus for employments, work-life balance for families, expected revenue and re-investment and changeability and flexibility built-in when industry and climate and economic plates shift!

                                          I am submitting before The European Union and The Digital Agenda and OECD, WIPO, WTO and EXIM…

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