In the last couple of years, RENVIS supports the actions of the Digital SME Alliance on the Focus Groups of Artificial Intelligence, ICT Sustainability & FAIR Digital Markets. Furthermore, this blog post provides RENVIS with the exceptional opportunity to demonstrate the significance of Digital SME’s Focus Groups as well as their area of expertise.
What is Digital SME Alliance?
The Digital SME Alliance is Europe’s largest network of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) businesses of all sizes, encompassing over 45,000 businesses. The Alliance is a collaboration of 30 national and regional SME groups from EU member states and countries in the region. Its main objective is to set digital SMEs at the forefront of the EU agenda.
Furthermore, digital SMEs want to foster open dialogue, knowledge, and experience between its members in the field of information and communication technology (ICT).
The above actions are conducted at a European scale on areas of broad interest to Europe’s ICT small and medium businesses. The Digital SME Alliance’s projects do not include training programs only. They also include the organization of conferences and seminars and the conduction of academic research. In addition, the actions of Digital SME Alliance include among others:
- The dynamic participation and support of EU-funded initiatives
- The conduction and coordination of conferences and seminars
- The publication of academic studies
- Research in ICT-related fields
- The education and evaluation of its members on EU laws and regulations with reference to the Information and Communication Technology.
At this point, it is worth mentioning that RENVIS participates and supports as a proud member the actions of Digital SME Alliance. In particular, RENVIS is engaging in 3 extremely significant Working Groups of Digital SMEs:
- The Artificial Intelligence
- The ICT Sustainability
- Fair Digital Markets
SME Focus Group Artificial Intelligence
One of the most vital actions of the Digital SME Alliance is the launch of a Focus Group in Artificial Intelligence. This undertaking is performed in collaboration with the European Commission’s Joint Research Center (JRC). More specifically, the European Commission’s JRC will offer consultation to the members of the group. Moreover, this is going to happen on a regular basis, throughout the next years. Subsequently, the AI’s Focus Group members are about to establish the evidence base of long-term research on AI adoption in European Countries. This research methodology will aid policy-making. Meanwhile, the group will also collaborate to generate declarations and position papers on AI. All the above, from the standpoint of small and medium-sized enterprises.
Ultimately, the members of this European Digital SME’s Focus Group will create a solid ecosystem of European SME entrepreneurs. Hence, these entrepreneurs are able to obtain visibility, influence, and early insights into Artificial Intelligence policies.
Focus Group ICT Sustainability
This Focus Group supports the actions of Digital SME Alliance that are related to the digital facilitators who provide advanced technological solutions. Additionally, these facilitators provide web services across a wide range of industries. The digital enablers operate in business areas in relation to:
- optimization of business operation
- digital fabrication
Additionally, the Focus Group of Digital SME Alliance ICT Sustainability provides their members with the opportunity to:
- develop a collaborative partnership with the European Green Digital Coalition.
- offer contribution to the Digital with Purpose SME framework through the new platforms, as well as to conduct its validation.
- define Digital SME’s perspective on policy regulations that are relevant to sustainability.
- participate in sustainability activities with Digital SME’s present and future partners.
- gaining priority in funding actions connected with the “green & digital” projects.
- interrelate with a great variety of “green enablers” and organizations.
Focus Group Fair Digital Markets, Ethical Tech & Interoperability
This focus group that supports the actions of SME Alliance consists of multiple organizations. These organizations are united by the view that flexibility broad-mindedness is vital for SME businesses. All the above, in order to preserve their competitive character and maintain their brand equity in digital marketplaces. Therefore, these companies’ goals should undoubtedly be that the cause of the technology’s use will be responsibly and ethically.
It should also not be neglected the fact that this focus group’s objective is the establishment of an empowered network. In fact, this network should coordinate the cooperative actions of the Digital SME Alliance and perspectives. Consequently, the mission of the Fair Focus Group is the contribution to key policy initiatives such as the Digital Markets Act, the e-Privacy Act, and the AI Act. Finally, its members should underpin that the digital markets and their advanced technological implementations will operate responsibly and ethically.
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