YPDP debate on “New Tech Trends: Impact on Regulation & Society”

YPDP organised an exciting debate on how new tech trends impact regulation and society on 27th of April at Fipra International.

Mark MacGann (Uber Senior Board Advisor) and Josephine Wood (S&D Advisor, European Parliament) gave input to an interactive discussion on technological disruption, the future of work and the appropriate regulation.

Robin Wauters (tech journalist and founding editor of Tech.eu) moderated the debate.

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YPDP Call for Applications

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Dear Young Professional in Digital Policy,

Do you have an idea for a great YPDP initiative and would you like to take the lead and make it happen? Then join the YPDP Team!

We are looking for some additional help to realise our (and your!) 2016 plans.

Please send a short project idea, related to European tech policy, that you would like to organise for the YPDP network to info@ypdp.org.

The closing date for ideas submission is May 25, 2016.

We look forward to hearing from you,

Team YPDP
Christian Borggren// Sabina Ciofu// Christian Wagner

Join the YPDP Brussels 20k Team and help “Close the Gap”

The Young Professionals in Digital Policy are participating in 20km Bruxelles race. We are looking for the runners and supporters among you to join the YPDP team, and another 40.000 participants on May 31.

Interested to join? E-mail info [at] ypdp [dot] org to get more information. Absolute deadline for registering as part of YPDP team is March 20. In order to simplify the registration procedure for all, YPDP will make one joint registration. You will be 100% guaranteed a race number.

Fundraising for “Close the Gap”

We will take this opportunity to run a fundraising campaign for Close the Gap, an international non-profit organisation that aims to bridge the digital divide by offering high-quality, pre-owned computers donated by large and medium-sized corporations or public organisations to educational, medical, entrepreneurial and social projects in developing and emerging countries. We will share with you the links to the donation page in due time so you can promote it among your friends and family.

From total beginners to advanced runners, you are all welcome! You can even walk – you are doing it for a great cause in the end.

Join us – it will be good exercise and a lot of fun!

YPDP

Bridging the generational gap in digital policy

“Anything that is in the world when you’re born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works.

Anything that’s invented between when you’re fifteen and thirty-five is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it.

Anything invented after you’re thirty-five is against the natural order of things.”

– Douglas Adams

As with every generation, it is the youth that are changing the world as we know it, by challenging old beliefs, and instead are coming up with new ideas, new business models, new solutions to the challenges of modern life.  Creating a platform where young professionals who share an interest in digital policy is fundamental for us all to benefit from innovative ideas and perspectives, as well as the youth’s contagious enthusiasm.

Today’s digital era, with the ubiquitous use of social media, the reduced transaction costs of the sharing economy, and the new development of apps, is changing the way we live, socialise, consume, and do business.  The speed of the digital revolution has widened the generation gap even further.

For Millennials, it is a natural way of living, we understand technology and the Internet as an enabler, as a means to chat with friends from far and wide, but also to develop new projects, collaborate on new ideas, in a world where geographical distance becomes irrelevant.

11 years ago, a young university student launched a social media platform from his dormitory in Harvard University.  10 years ago, Twitter had not been born yet.  Big data, Internet of Things, the App Economy and autonomous vehicles were concepts few talked about five years ago.

The speed with which all these have come to life and spread exponentially is both amazing and incomparable with any other revolution in history.

Now, from a policy perspective, governments struggle to face this new normal.  Technological developments are oftentimes outpacing policy decisions of governments around the world.   And Europe is no exception.

The average age of tech entrepreneurs tends to lie somewhere in the region of 30 years old, while the average age of the Members of the European Parliament is 55 and our digital commissioners are even older.  And while one doesn’t have to be young to be a techie, it probably helps!

Thus, it is hardly surprising that the success stories of the digital era have created a lot of excitement, enthusiasm, but also fear and panic at the sheer speed and unpredictability of all these tech developments.  And while we should take some time to reflect on legitimate concerns and challenges that every innovation brings, we should also embrace technology.

It is in this context that the idea of linking young professionals working on digital policy in Europe was born.  The overall objective of Young Professionals in Digital Policy (YPDP) is to be a platform where the next generation of professionals and policy leaders can discuss and shape EU digital policy. YPDP is comprised of over 200 professionals working in the EU institutions, national governments, industry, and civil society.

We welcome your involvement in YPDP and your voice in shaping Europe’s digital policy!

Christian Borggreen / Sabina Ciofu / Christian Wagner