Europe and Brazil are facing similar digital challeges, thus sharing experiences and defining coherent responses to these is the way forward to boost cross-regional cooperation and provide better and safer services to citizens and all stakeholders.
Data protection regulation and a common EU-Brazil approach to it topped the meeting agenda. The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (applicable from 25 May 2018 with the Directive becoming national law by 6 May 2018) aims to harmonise data protection laws across Member States, with some using it as a lever to also imporve cyber security. The GDPR could provide a good example to apply in Brazil, where a new law is currently under discussion by a special commission dealing with data collection and protection, with the aim of increasing harmonisation between Brazil and Europe.
The policy dialogue meeting discussions also focused on other key topics on the joint reasearch and innovation agenda indentifying among other future challeges in cloud computing as gaps and opportunties in the context of the EU-Brazil collaboration.
Cloud computing has been a catalyst for economic growth and new business opportunities – creating new business models, accelerating innovation and changing the economics of industries. However, significant research and innovation is still required to realise its full potential and increase take-up. It is therefore important to identify future challenges, gaps and opportunities for cloud computing research and innovation, where Europe and Brazil can continue to cooperate on cutting edge ICT.
Defining EU-Brazil co-operation priorities for future research on ICT - particularly cloud computing, including security, big data and the Internet of Things (IoT) - was also the focus of the EUBrasilCloudFORUM Open Workshop which took place on 9th and 10th November 2016, in Brussels, at the European Commission.
EUBra-BIGSEA via project coordinators, Ignacio Blanquer and Wagner Meira, provided input to the discussions on Cloud Federation, Portability, International Standardization, Big Data Security and Privacy in the Cloud. Both as well as other consortium members also took part in the discussion panel on Cloud Interoperability, Data Portability, Standards and cloud SLAs, focused on addressing emerging topics for the future collaboration plans such as Open-source cloud platform developments and fog computing; Cloud federation & Cloud Security Access Broker solutions or Cloud sustained cyber-physical systems and systems of systems (CPSoSes).
The main outcomes of the workshop are summarized in the report available for download here.