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14:00   Introduction – setting the scene

14:20   Benefits for business from Internet: rapid technological innovations shaping the future of business

  • Big Data and Blockchain technology – Claudia Selli (AT&T)
  • Cloud computing and artificial intelligence in day-to-day business operations – Bruno Schroder (Microsoft)
  • Internet of Things and Remote participation/communication – Danielle Jacobs (Beltug)

15:20   Potential internet-related risks for business

  • The importance of (business) engaging in Internet governance and legislative discussions
  • How the policies which govern the technical functioning of the Internet, particularly domain name system, are developed
  • The growing body of legislative and regulatory proposals which are emerging in Europe and worldwide, which are likely to impact Internet and those organizations that rely on it.
    • by Jean-Jacques Sahel (ICANN EU)

15:40   – PAUSE –

16:00   The threat of Data Protection (GDPR) and Internet Governance on effective IP enforcement – Alexander Heirwegh (Petillion)

16:20   Trends in internet-related regulations

  • Overview of recent legislative initiatives in the EU and how they can drive digital transformation of the European industry – Mieke de Regt (Counsellor for Digital Single Market at the Permanent  Representation of Belgium to the EU)

16:40   AI, regulation and ethics – Lorelien Hoet (Microsoft)

17:00   Best practices for compliance and risk management in internet-related matters for businesses

Panel and Q&A with all speakers – Moderator: Flip Petillion

17:30   Networking cocktail

18:30   END

All businesses nowadays, not only in the technological sector, rely on an interoperable, seamless Internet ecosystem to advertise, to sell, or to interact with their whole supply chain and sales channels. This is crucial to help businesses and populations reap the benefits of ICT and further opportunities for growth, jobs and welfare. However, certain compelling public policy issues, including privacy and security, could lead to laws and regulations that could become a disguised restriction on trade, and which certainly require additional regulatory planning and compliance for businesses. This on both national, European or global levels – all over the world.

Investments in AI, IoT, cloud computing, Data Analytics, Industrial Automation, etc could be deterred when governments would  generate internet-related policies that are not timely, scalable, and innovation enabling. Governments in our country, in Europe, in the US, in China or everywhere else should ensure all citizens and companies can realize the full potential of the Internet as a platform for innovation and economic growth, by adopting policies that facilitate the adoption of new technologies and the global movement of data that supports them.

Companies, including SMEs, should gain more awareness  about the trends in legal risks of internet-related business activities, and the impacts that these can have on the development of new products and services, the deployment of marketing strategies or the competitiveness of Belgium and Europe for innovation. This is of utmost importance for assessing the liabilities and compliance related to the use of new technologies by your company, as well as for assessing the impact of internet-related policies on your business.

Mieke de Regt works as a counsellor in the ‘Digital Single Market’ (DSM) unit at the Permanent Representation of Belgium to the EU. The diplomatic body advocates the Belgian interests during the process of negotiating EU legislation. She discusses files on expert-level in order to prepare draft legislation for approval by the Ministers. She has worked i.a. on abolishing roaming tariffs, the Electronic Communications Code, the Public Sector Information Directive, the ePrivacy Regulation and the Free Flow of Data Regulation. Innovative topics such as AI, blockchain and data sharing are also followed closely by the DSM unit. The aim of the DSM strategy put forward by the European Commission is to create a digital Union where citizens, businesses, and public administrations can seamlessly and fairly access and provide digital goods, content and services within the EU.

Before her position at Foreign Affairs, Mieke worked as regulatory economist at the Belgian Institute for Post and Telecom (BIPT) where she specialized in mobile networks and international roaming. Together with other EU experts, she analyzed the impact of ‘Roaming Like at Home’, which resulted in several studies, providing advise to the European Commission. Mieke obtained a master degree in Economics and Philosophy at the University of Ghent and a postgraduate in Corporate Finance at the KU Leuven.

Alexander Heirwegh is an attorney specialising in Intellectual Property, Information Technology, Data Protection, Internet, E-Commerce and Telecom. He has a particular expertise in online brand and copyright protection, and domain names. He participated in various online trademark and copyright infringement cases and domain name disputes.

Alexander obtained a Master’s degree in Law at Ghent University, magna cum laude. He also obtained an LL.M. in Intellectual Property and ICT Law at Leuven University, magna cum laude.

Lorelien Hoet is Government Affairs Director Belux for Microsoft since March 2018. As a legal executive at Proximus during more than eight years, she held different positions including Head of Legal Consumer business – managing the legal support in the areas of consumer legislation & market practices law, privacy law, distribution law, IP & media law, criminal & security matters, etc -, as well as  Director Electronic Communications & Competition Law -Managing the legal support in the areas of competition law, wholesale, privacy, IP & media law, regulatory telecom matters, etc.

Lorelien started het career as an attorney, before joining Mobistar as Director Regulatory Affairs, in charge of the follow-up and application of telecom regulation, interconnection & wholesale agreements, competition law files, including relations with the regulators in the above areas.

Danielle Jacobs is General Manager of BELTUG, the largest Belgian association of digital technology leaders from businesses and public institutions, with more than 1600 members. Under her leadership, Beltug has built on the priorities of these ICT managers to achieve a number of successes, including developing a Market Study on the Belgian business ICT market, acting as an interlocutor for businesses on software license issues, and lobbying with public entities at the Belgian and European levels to clarify key issues including indoor coverage for mobile communication, data protection (GDPR), e-trust services, and more.

Danielle has received considerable recognition for her efforts, including a Lifetime Achievement Award at the CIO Leadership summit, 2016. She was named one of Global Telecoms Business’s Top 50 Woman to Watch 2016. And she was elected IT person of the year by Computable Belgium 2018.

Flip Petillion is a leading domestic and international litigator and arbitrator. Flip has been handling court litigations and arbitrations for nearly 30 years. Matters were related to the following industries: Intellectual Property, Information Technology, Media & Entertainment, Art, Internet, Fashion, Postal, Telecom, Energy, Construction & Real Estate, Automotive, Aviation and Aerospace.

Flip built an outstanding reputation through his special focus on intellectual property rights, information, communication, technology and media. With his team, he offers unique expertise in Internet governance, e-commerce and ISP liability.

Flip represents multinationals and first-class individual portfolio holders.​ He received his J.D. from K.U.Leuven University, magna cum laude, in 1987. He also obtained several postgraduates: in international economic law; in telecommunications law and in telecommunications, strategy and regulation.

Flip Petillion is Councilor of the GNSO (Generic Names Supporting Organization) Council of ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. The GNSO Council is the parliament for Internet governance. The GNSO is currently preparing the regulatory framework for access to WHOIS information based on legitimate interest. Such access is essential for law enforcement, cybersecurity, fraud prevention and the enforcement of intellectual property rights.

Flip authored the book ‘Competing for the Internet. ICANN Gate – An Analysis and Plea for Judicial Review Through Arbitration’, published by Kluwer.

Jean-Jacques Sahel has been involved in international government and regulatory affairs for over 15 years in both the private and government sectors. He was appointed Managing Director of ICANN’s Brussels office in July 2017, to lead the organisation’s corporate strategy and coordinate its operations across the European region. Since 2014 he has led ICANN’s strategic plan for outreach, support and engagement with governments, private sector, and user groups throughout Europe, and worldwide for civil society.

Before joining ICANN, Mr Sahel headed government and regulatory affairs for Skype, then digital policy at Microsoft for Europe, Middle-East & Africa regions. He had started his career in the City of London, before spending several years in the UK Government, leading in particular its international telecommunications policy.

Bruno Schroder started as Microsoft Belux Public Sector Director. Since 2006 he is Technology Officer, the BeLux member of a 45 people worldwide community at Microsoft adequately spread on the planet to represent all markets, development status and economic conditions, focusing on technology policy, assessing the potential impacts of future IT technology on social life, public and private organisations and economic development.

Bruno initiated the economic partnership agreements with the Federal and Regional governments which resulted in the creation of 4 Microsoft Innovation Centre in Belgium and in the setup of a national research and training centre dedicated to the fight against cybercrime. In 2011, he was appointed co-president of the Quality Audit Committee of the Higher IT Education.

On a personal side, he is one of the 10 people who decided to create the .BE domain on internet at the end of the 80ties. He is member of several technology and strategy advisory boards and think tanks and is a keen follower of how technology transforms our lives.

Claudia Selli is  the European Affairs Director of AT&T International External & Regulatory Affairs since September 2010 . Her main task is to advocate AT&T positions in Brussels towards the European institutions as well as in other European Member States and particularly in Germany.  Claudia is as well active in International organizations such as the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) where she is chairing the Business constituency and she follows Internet Governance issues broadly. She is active in associations and is the Chair of the Digital Economy Committee in AMCHAM EU.

Prior to joining AT&T, Claudia worked at the European Commission, DG Information Society where she  took part in the negotiations with the European Parliament on several telecom files such as the Telecom package, Safer Use of the Internet, Roaming II.  In the past Claudia also worked in the European Parliament.

Claudia holds a master in International Politics from the ULB University and graduated at “La Tuscia University” in Viterbo, Italy.

Monday 10 December 2018
14:00-18:00 – doors open at 13:30, seminar closes with a networking cocktail

Federation of Enterprises in Belgium (VBO-FEB)
Rue Ravensteinstraat 4
1000 Brussels

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