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What is EURIM?
Information Society Alliance (EURIM) is the policy studies group for
internet and Information Society issues. We are a
not-for-profit company limited by guarantee. Our members include
elected politicians, corporates, professional bodies, trade
associations and other groups. Officials and advisors in London and
Brussels have observer status and we work with them and others on
policy formation, consultation and scrutiny.
The Alliance organises working
groups to look at issues that Government, policy makers, officials and/or
industry agree need to be addresses, often because they are damaging public
confidence and UK competitiveness or using taxpayers' money inefficiently. We
aim to produce balanced and readable reports and recommendations based on
evidence-based consensus and peer reviewed by acknowledged experts.
The EURIM Board and Council are elected by the
Parliamentary and Corporate members. Trade associations, professional
bodies and other interest groups are involved as associate members.
Officials and policy advisors with relevant responsibilities have
observer status. The process for agreeing priorities and action plans
includes breakfasts, dinners and networking receptions with ministers,
officials and advisors at which members meet and discuss issues that
cross department boundaries and are not well addressed elsewhere.
Results are commonly achieved by the creation of
working groups tasked to:
set the agenda on a range of issues that cross
political, departmental and industry boundaries;
help those planning relevant policy studies and
consultations, including to get feed-back from target audiences;
secure support/priority for implementing agreed
recommendations with all-party, pan-industry support;
the rapid and informed review of controversial policies and
EURIM aims to work with and through its members,
partners and observers to secure action without duplicating the
efforts of others.
The current priorities are to secure well informed
debate and policy to promote:
competitiveness by addressing the issues that determine the location
of knowledge-based industries;
inclusion by better practice in the use of technology to help
deliver public services to those in most need of them;
confident use of on-line services by addressing the issues of
on-line governance, policing and service quality.
EURIM helped set the agenda for Transformational
Government, including the need to address the issues of secure data
EURIM alerted Government to the need for co-operation
with industry in the fight against e-Crime and set the agenda for
Get Safe On-line, the NHTCU and SOCA E-Crime and the forthcoming
E-Crime Reduction Partnership.
EURIM helped set the agenda for the Communications
Bill and organise the ground-breaking pre-legislative scrutiny
EURIM was the first ICT group to recognise the full
impact of the RIP legislation and exerted influence in time to
secure change, including a re-write of the Regulations for the
Lawful Interception of Business Communications.
EURIM cut six months off the response time of HMG and
the Commission to Y2K.
EURIM has staged constructive debate on “difficult”
issues, such as identity management and intellectual property rights
over more than a decade in such a way as to remain trusted and
respected by all - save those who are absolutely certain that
“their” solution is the only “right” answer.
EURIM set the agenda for original European
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