Aspen Institute Romania is working actively both domestically and internationally to promote its work in the field of technology and society. Even prior to formal meetings of its Technology, Information and Society Policy Program (TIS) the activity of the Institute and its representatives is becoming evident and highly relevant. Until recently its most important contribution was within our participation in the Aspen Communications and Society program at Aspen US.
Another significant effort is related to the International Digital Economy Accords project run by the Aspen Institute. This simultaneously visionary and critical approach to democratic, effective and competitive management of the emerging digital economy has not only the future of business at stake but also that of democratic freedoms for individuals, communities and business. The IDEA program includes all the leading personalities of the technology and media business field, but also FCC, ECA, several European commissioners and DGs, leading political figures and experts. Among the most relevant issues raised are fundamental questions like freedom of access, jurisdiction, platforms from a technological, economic and democratic control perspective, security and democratic rights etc.. More recently at the initiative of Mr. Nicolas Sarkozy, President of the French Republic and the current President of the G8, the Heads of State and Government of the Group of Eight - Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States - have decided to place the Internet and the digital ecosystem on the agenda of next month's G8 Summit. This marks the very first time that information technology formally takes a place on the agenda of a summit of heads of state - a recognition of how critically important these sectors are to sustaining and accelerating global economic growth.
In order to provide G8 political leaders with fresh ideas, President Sarkozy has proposed the organization of the e-G8 Forum that took place in Paris on May 24 and 25. This was a unique gathering of a select group of the world's top Internet and digital leaders form business, technology or policy field. The president of Aspen Institute Romania Mircea Geoana is an active participant in both the IDEA program and the eG8. Key issues covered in the eG8 activity are: the Internet as key driver for economic growth; the emergence of global digital citizenship; the digital technologies of the future; how best to promote innovation clusters; the mobile revolution and its impact on commerce, media and advertising; privacy and IP protection.