Posts by rgenghinieu

Europe leads the fight for cyber security

Posted by on 30 Gennaio 2015 in Digital Agreement | 0 comments


Patrick van Eecke,

Tine Debusschere,

Hans Graux,

Olivier Delos

Sylvie Lacroix

Riccardo Genghini

Marc Sel

as core team of EIAS2

presented in Bruxelles the draft deliverables of its consulting activity to the European Commission, in drafting the Regulation 910/2014/EU for European Electronic Trust services.

The Room in the Commission premises of Avenue Beaulieu 25 was packed of experts, and their active, acute participation to the presentations was challenging and extremely gratifying.

My believe is the the eIDAS Regulation 910/2014/EU is a fundamental piece of legislation. Even the Economist, that is often critical of European legislation, considers the regulation a landmark legislation. The Obama administration has presented a similar law in Congress.

I believe that proper implementation of the regulation will really transform the European market for IT services (and in particular trust services) and make it the most competitive in the world.  Transparency, openness, protection of individual and collective rights cannot be dismissed as red tape and bureaucracy.  Cyber security is not only about firewalls and other techno gimmicks: it is mostly about the protection of the rights of all involved parties.

Still, the devil is in the details… the impementing acts may improve the legislation only if they achieve the following goals, that are expressely stated in the regulation:

– provide an efficient supervision of the security of Trust Service Providers: efficient means effective, without red tape

– foster innovation

– avoid useless barriers to acces the market of TSPs, that will keep out new players (innovation today comes mostly from startups)

– end the fragmentation of the European market into national markets, where incumbents are protected by the local supervisory practices

We had a great start, and I am proud and grateful that I had the opportunity to contribute to the drafting of the regulatory framework for  the possibly  richest, most innovative, diverse and competitiva electronic services market in the world.



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EU Qualifed Trust Services: CA Compliance Info-Day (Berlin, November 4, 2014)

Posted by on 4 Novembre 2014 in Digital Agreement | 0 comments

Today in Berlin (Germany) CA Compliance Info-Day
eIDAS and Trust Service Provider Conformity Assessment
Organizer:        Bundesdruckerei, TÜVIT, ETSI STF 458
Date:     Tuesday, 04.11.2014 from 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Venue:         Bundesdruckerei, Berlin-Mitte, Conference Center, Kommandantenstraße 15 (new entrance)

EU Regulation 910/2014 aims at creating a single competitive market in Europe. A great opportunity for Europe, provided we will work all together in order to have a single common approach to Supervision of European Qualified Trust Service Providers.

Impelmenting Acts by the EU Commission and ETSI and CEN Standards are not per se sufficient for the success of a single market of Qualifed Trust Services.

Representatives of the EU Commission, of the legal team advising the Commission, EU Standard Organisations, European Accreditation, and several stakeholders are debating here today the future of Electronic Trust Services in Europe.


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Verba manent, scripta Volant #1: Digital Priests: the preservation of information for ever.

Posted by on 11 Dicembre 2012 in Digital Agreement | 0 comments

What has changed with digitalization?

There are just three ontological (i.e. necessary, unavoidable) changes, affecting how we interact with data/information generated/managed through computers, in comparison to how we interact with analogic (i.e. paper based) registrations/inscriptions/documents.

The first two differences are immanent, even with stand alone computers.

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Documents, Inscriptions and Traces… the documental pyramid

Posted by on 10 Dicembre 2012 in Digital Agreement | 0 comments

The best ontological definition of document, I was able to find is in “Documentality: Why It Is Necessary to Leave Traces (Commonalities)“, by Maurizio Ferraris, that is the translation of “Documentalità: perché é necessario lasciar tracce” by Maurizio Ferraris .

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