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13: Schengen for Data: What Is Necessary, What Is Feasible?

Breakout / Working Group
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“Friendly spying” and recent security leaks have sparked heated debates about data security, digital identity and cloud computing in Europe. Our privacy and security of sensitive industrial data depend on national legislation at server locations. Are we losing control of our own data? Who is actually storing the sensitive data of companies and nations? Does the EU need to create its own IT infrastructure and a single digital market? How would this impact the EU’s economy and labour market? We will get to the bottom of citizens’ fears and discuss the risks and opportunities for companies and nations involved.


Data Privacy Advocate, Toulouse
Head of Unit, Software & Services, Cloud, DG CONNECT - Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content & Technology, European Commission, Brussels
Member of the Managing Board, Fabasoft AG, Linz
Chairman of the Board, eco - Association of the German Internet Industry e.V., Cologne
Leiterin, Studio Wien, ARD - Erstes Deutsches Fernsehen; Präsidentin, Verband der Auslandspresse, Wien Chair


Data Privacy Advocate, Toulouse

 Caspar Bowden is an independent advocate for information privacy rights, and public understanding of privacy research in computer science. He is a specialist in EU Data Protection, European and US surveillance law, PET research, identity management, and information ethics. He is author of 2013 EU Parliament inquiry briefing on the US FISA law, and co-authored the 2012 Note on privacy and Cloud computing (which anticipated the infringements to EU data sovereignty disclosed by Edward Snowden). For nine years he was Chief Privacy Adviser for Microsoft for forty countries, and previously co-founded and was first director of the Foundation for Information Policy Research ( He was an expert adviser for UK Parliamentary legislation, and co-organized six public conferences on encryption, data retention, and interception policy. He has previous careers in financial engineering and risk management, and software engineering (systems, 3D games, applied cryptography), including work with Goldman Sachs, Microsoft Consulting Services, Acorn, Research Machines, and IBM. He founded the Award for Outstanding Research in Privacy Enhancing Technologies, is a fellow of the British Computer Society, and a member of the advisory bodies of several civil society associations.


Head of Unit, Software & Services, Cloud, DG CONNECT - Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content & Technology, European Commission, Brussels

1979-1982 BA First Class Honours, Department of Geography, University of Lancaster
1983-1984 MSc, Transport Studies, Cranfield Institute of Technology, Awarded 1986
1984-1987 PhD, Economic Geography, University of Bristol, Awarded 1988
1986 Lecturer, Department of Extra Mural Studies, University of Bristol
1987-1989 Research Associate, Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies, University of Newcastle on Tyne
1989-1995 Lecturer, PREST, University of Manchester
1995-2001 Senior Lecturer, PREST, University of Manchester
1997-2000 National Expert, IPTS, European Commission, Seville
2000-2003 Project Manager, Futures Project, IPTS, Joint Research Centre, European Commission, Seville
2003 Acting Head of Unit, "Support to the European Research Area", Institute for Prospective Technological Studies, European Commission, Seville
2003-2004 eEurope Action Plan Head of Sector, DG Information Society, European Commission, Brussels
2004-2008 Member, Cabinet of Commissioner Reding, Information Society and Media, European Commission, Brussels
2009-2010 Head of Unit, Digital Agenda: Policy Coordination, DG Information Society & Media, European Commission, Brussels
since 2012 Head of Unit Software & Services, Cloud, DG Connect, European Commission, Brussels

Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Helmut FALLMANN

Member of the Managing Board, Fabasoft AG, Linz

1984-2005 Master of Computer Science, Johannes Kepler University, Linz
since 1988 Co-Founder and member of the Managing Board, Fabasoft AG, Linz
1989-1995 Digital Corporation, Digital Linkworks
2005-2012 Postgraduate Professional Education: General Management Seminar for Executives, Marketing Program St.Gallen; Leadership-Week Boston; Finance-Week London; Executive School St. Gallen
since 2013 Collaboration, Cloud Select Industry Group on Code of Conduct, Digital Agenda for Europe, A Europe 2020 Initiative
since 2014 Advisory Board Member, IT-Cluster Upper Austria
since 2014 Participant, Political Innovation think tank Re:think Austria, European Forum Alpbach
since 2016 Member, Official Contact of Fabasoft AG in the ETSI - European Telecommunications Standards Institute
since 2016 Management Board Member, Federation of Austrian Industry, Upper Austria
since 2016 President, Managing Board of the "Talente OÖ" Society (Upper Austrian Talents)

Dipl.-Wirtsch. Ing. Michael ROTERT

Chairman of the Board, eco - Association of the German Internet Industry e.V., Cologne

1978 Diploma in Economic Sciences (Operation Research/ Informatics)
1979-1983 Member of scientific staff, Department of Prof. Dr. G. Krueger, Institute for Telematics
1983-1987 Member of faculty staff, central computing services, computing centre
1993-1997 Technical director of Computing Centre, Computer Science Dept. Karlsruhe University
1993-1999 General Managing Director and Founder, Xlink, NTG, Internet Access Provider
1999-2000 Senior Vice President for Research and Development, regulation and international customers (B2B only), KPNQwest B.V., Amsterdam
2000-2002 General Managing Director, VIA NET.WORKS Deutschland GmbH, Internet Access and managed software services (B2B only)
2003-2004 Chief Executive Officer, GTEN AG, Lawful Interception devices for Carriers
2005-2006 Founding Brightman parsons GmbH, Consulting and projects in the area of internet interception, data reconstruction and security
since 2006 Chief Executive Officer and Founder, maxspot GmbH- Free WLAN Services
since 2013 Political Intelligence, External Senior Consultant, London, Brussels, Madrid, Lisbon, Rome

Dr. Susanne GLASS

Leiterin, Studio Wien, ARD - Erstes Deutsches Fernsehen; Präsidentin, Verband der Auslandspresse, Wien

 Ph. D. in Political Science and Economy
1991-1994 Freelance Journalist for Print, Radio and Television, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Deutschlandfunk
1994-1999 Editor, Moderator and Shift Supervisor, Politics and News Desk, Bayerischer Rundfunk
since 1999 ARD-Correspondent for Austria and Southeastern Europe, ARD-Studio, Vienna
since 2006 President of the Foreign Press Association, Vienna

Economic Symposium

show timetable


14:00 - 14:10OpeningPlenary
14:10 - 15:40New Goals for the EconomyPlenary
16:10 - 17:40The End of Conventional WisdomPlenary
17:40 - 18:00Political CornerPlenary
18:30 - 19:30Umverteile und herrsche. Wem gehört der Wohlstand?Partner
20:00 - 21:30Learning from the Care EconomyPlenary
21:30 - 22:30Smart Blue HourSocial
22:30 - 23:45Cello Goes Tango or Cello Goes South AmericaCulture


08:00 - 08:4514th management club Business Breakfast "Österreich braucht Europa"Partner
09:00 - 10:10Global Division of Labour - How Can Europe Prosper?Plenary
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 01: Hayek vs Keynes: The Most Important Liberal EconomistsBreakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 02: A New Economic and Competition Model for EuropeBreakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 03: Critical Success Factors of Entrepreneurial EducationBreakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 04: Intellectual Property - A System at the Crossroads?Breakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 05: US Focus Back on Industry - Blessing or Curse for Europe?Breakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 06: Clash of Generations - Corporate Cultures Put to the Test by New Working EnvironmentsBreakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 07: Re-IndustrialisationBreakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 08: Work to Live, or Live to Work? - Changing Working EnvironmentsBreakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 09: Putting User Innovation to WorkBreakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 10: The Future of Corporate Learning - What Makes Businesses Successful?Breakout
12:10 - 12:30Political CornerPlenary
13:30 - 14:30Lunch ReceptionSocial
14:30 - 17:00Breakout Session 11: The EU's Energy and Climate Policy - A Threat to Our Industries?Breakout
14:30 - 17:00Breakout Session 12: Inequality Before and After the Financial CrisisBreakout
14:30 - 17:00Breakout Session 13: Schengen for Data: What Is Necessary, What Is Feasible?Breakout
14:30 - 17:00Breakout Session 14: Good Is the Enemy of Great - What Distinguishes Leading Enterprises from Others?Breakout
14:30 - 17:00Breakout Session 15: Room for CreativityBreakout
14:30 - 17:00Breakout Session 16: Business Development Based on Design ThinkingBreakout
14:30 - 17:00Breakout Session 17: The Key to Innovation - People, Mindset, TechnologiesBreakout
14:30 - 17:00Breakout Session 18: Sharing Economy - Cooperatives in the 21st CenturyBreakout
14:30 - 17:00Breakout Session 19: The Economic Future of EuropeBreakout
14:30 - 17:00Breakout Session 20: From Wallet to Smartphone - Challenges and Opportunities of the Digital World of FinanceBreakout
18:00 - 19:30Peter Drucker Special Lecture: Property or Communities? The Upcoming Challenge for CompaniesPlenary
21:00 - 22:00Don't Mind the GapCulture


Magenta NightSocial


08:00 - 09:00Breakfast Club 01: In Conversation with: Alexa L. WesnerPartner
08:00 - 09:00Breakfast Club 02: In Conversation with: Franz FischlerPartner
08:30 - 09:00"Kater" BreakfastPartner
09:00 - 10:00The Economy According to the MediaPlenary
10:00 - 10:30Cooperation in EuropePlenary
11:00 - 12:20Europe's Economy and the Next GenerationPlenary
12:20 - 12:30ClosingPlenary
22:00 - 23:30Brunnhilde - DJanes NightCulture