Seminar 2: Telecommunications and digital society in the European Union

The European University of the Atlantic (UNEATLANTICO) organized last May 27 and 28 in the auditorium of the faculty the seminar in Spanish language “Telecommunications and digital society in the European Union” which was held within the closing of the second course of the Jean Monnet Chair “EU Telecommunications Policy and Information Society (EUTELIS)” entitled by the institution.

The seminar was conducted in a hybrid format and streamed live on the university’s YouTube channel.

The two-day event was attended by some of the country’s most important institutions in the field of telecommunications. The session also provided an opportunity to take stock of the second academic year of the Jean Monnet Chair. The European Commission, through the Erasmus+ program, granted this university chair to UNEATLANTICO in 2022 with the aim of strengthening teaching and research on the integration of member states.

After the opening of the seminar, by Rubén Calderón, rector of UNEATLANTICO, Prof. Dr. Benjamín Sahelices, dean of Colegio Profesional de Ingenieros en Informática de Castilla y León (CPII-CyL), gave the first conference on Monday. This session highlighted the importance of ICT professionals in the development of telecommunications policies in the European Union.

Next, Prof. Dr. Jorge Pérez Martínez, director of the Internet Governance Forum in Spain, presented the session entitled “The Situation of Europe in Global Geopolitics”. In this lecture, the speaker explained how the globalization of the world economy has led to the formation of geopolitical blocs around both political and commercial interests.

Dr. Fernando Davara, Brigadier General, closed the day with the session “Cyberdefense-Cybersecurity in Europe”. His presentation dealt with how globalization has also given rise to the question of defense and attack between different countries in cyberspace, as well as guaranteeing the security of communications in general.

The seminar continued on Tuesday, May 28 with a session by Pablo Herrán, Director General of Transport and Communications of the Government of Cantabria, focused on the situation of the telecommunications sector in this autonomous community. Subsequently, Miguel López Coronado, director of the chair, spoke on the prospects for electronic communications in the European Union. Finally, Juan Luis Redondo Maíllo, Director of Digital Public Policies at Telefónica, addressed the future of the telecommunications sector.

Silvia Aparicio, UNEATLANTICO’s Vice Rector for Academic Planning and Faculty, was in charge of closing the seminar.

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