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This page introduces "other activities", in addition to those that are linked to directly under separate headings on the home page. Access those by clicking on the specific sub-themes in the Activities box.

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Computer SecurityThe annual conference on Cyber-Law, Cyber-Crime and Cyber-Security which took place in New Delhi, November 17-18, 2016, brought together decision makers, experts and practitioners to address a range of issues that are now critical to fulfilling the potential benefits of the information society. India is increasingly positioning itself as a major player in this area. New institutions and initiatives are at the same time under way to use ICT for addressing major outstanding societal problems. Here the "100 Indian Smart Cities" agenda is of particular interest.

Collaborating closely with the organisers of the conference, IKED contributed with a keynote presentation via video for the 2015 event, linking between security and the opportunity to take ICT to the next level. Follow-up activities are under way, which connect with the smart cities agenda. The ability of mega-cities in India and other major emerging economies to make effective use of information tools, including the Internet-of-things, to boost new services and content to counter some of the most critical issues of our time, will much depend on improved coordination in regard to security, identity management, data governance and privacy.

For information on the International Conference Cyber Law, Cyber Crime and Cyber Security, in New Delhi on November 17-18, 2016
- http://cyberlawcybercrime.com/
- http://cyberlawcybercrime.com/sponsors-supporters
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..:: Individual Digital Identity (INDI) Ecosystem Implementation Process Initiated
The project GINI-SA (Global Identity Networking of Individuals - Support Action), ran as an EU-funded research project and Support Acton from the spring 2010 until December 2012. Its main task has been to outline the vision of an Individual Digital Identity (INDI) ecosystem and to work out a Roadmap for its implementation.

Following acceptance by the European Commission of the final reporting of the research stage, the GINI project continues to operate based on a Collaboration Agreement signed between the eight partner organisations, with IKED as coordinator, for the purpose of paving the way for realisation of its results.
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..:: IKED projects related to FDI
IKED is engaged in various projects and studies on the attraction and effects of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), and how they relate to innovation capacity in the countries where they invest. This work aims at an increased understanding of the interplay between national institutions, competencies and resources, and the role played by Multinational Enterprises (MNEs) and global investment flows. For many emerging economies, these issues are of high practical importance, and IKED puts priority on work with countries where its analysis and recommendations can be of practical use.
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Since 2009, IKED has been engaged in collaborative projects to promote and undertake training to foster innovation and an entrepreneurial mindset. Some of these activities have been developed in collaboration with the International Entrepreneurship Academy (Intentac). IKED is also engaged in bringing the entrepreneurship component to graduate programmes arranged by universities addressing complementary topics. On this basis it has provided lectures linking to entrepreneurship through, e.g., classes wiithin the Harvard University Extension School in the area of "Beauty, leadership and innovation", in Siena, Italy, July 2014 and in Milan, Italy, July 2015. Earlier training activities in Malaysia and the United Arab Emirates reached a broad range of stakeholders. In Greece, IKED collaborates with Euroconsultants in Thessaloniki in activities that engage chambers of commerce, public authorities and young entrepreneurship associations in support of better conditions for innovation and entrepreneurship. Discussions have also been initiated with the University of Teheran, the Islamic Republic of Iran, on new training modules, following the appointment of Intentac's Dean Prof. Piero Formica as Adjoint Professor at the Entrepreneurship Centre.
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..:: Entrepreneurship training for the World Student Community on Sustainability
The World Student Community for Sustainable Development (WSCSD) brings together some 100 student unions around the world. Its annual 2012 Summit, organized in Nairobi on 12-16 November in partnership with the University of Nairobi, the Multimedia University College in Nairobi, and UNEP's Environmental Education and Training Unit (EETU), aimed at defining a common conception of a Green Economy for university students and showcasing their talents, innovation and leadership potential towards a Green Economy with a focus on five topics: Energy, Water, Waste, Food and Transport.

Saudi ArabiaFrom the outset of the preparation process, IKED worked closely with the WSCSD on structuring the event, including the organisation of the Green Entrepreneurship Workshop which aimed to raise the ability of participants to develop their concepts and ideas into real-world viable projects.

Following the summit, IKED and WSCSD continue to foster collaboration to support sustainable development through entrepreneurship and related training activities, targeting areas such as, e.g., energy, waste management, water management, and food security.
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..:: E-science Data Exploration for the Future
A pioneering EU project engaged a High Level Expert Group to explore the future potential for e-Scientific Data and associated policy and governance challenges. With IKED represented in the expert panel, the group formulated requirements for a new global framework for handling data that is ”flexible, reliable, cross-disciplinary and cross-border”. The findings further stressed the need of incentivizing researchers, companies and individuals to highlight their concerns and contribute to the future setup. After concluding the report in 2011, the group continued an active interface for a couple of years and was brought together on various occasions to present and advance its conclusions and recommendations, which led to practical follow-up by several European countries. See http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/ict/e-infrastructure/docs/hlg-sdi-report.pdf
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..:: Technology, Smart Cities and Participation
Much of the momentum in development-oriented policy initiatives, to take advantage of new technologies by engaging and inspiring up-take and innovative use by the population, has shifted from the nation state to the level of cities and local communities. IKED has built expertise in this area since several years, which is now partly developed under the label "Smart Cities". See a public review of advances made among European cities. Other regions are moving in similar directions, with IKED engaged in undertakings spanning the Middle East, Africa, South Asia, East Asia, and Latin America.

Despite the momentum at hand, and the potential that technology is set to bring, much remains to be done in working out the best ways for people to engage and become part of the process on terms that fulfill the potential for positive impacts - a challenge and an opportunity which is the criitical focus of IKED's activities in this area.

"Strategic Management of Places", which took place in San Diego, December 12-13, 2011. Sponsored by Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs and the Kauffman Foundation, and hosted by University of California, San Diego, the meeting brought together a select group of experts for the purpose of crafting new perspectives and approaches to local governance and stewardship. IKED's Chairman Thomas Andersson contributed with perspectives on the changing role of human capital and people's engagement, including with coverage of the Arab Spring. The proceedings were later published in Audretsch, D. and Walshok, M. L. (eds.), Creating Competitiveness: Entrepreneurship and Innovation Policies for Growth, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, 2013. In 2015, Oxford University Press published the Oxford Handbook on Local Competitiveness, with the same editors and Thomas Andersson contributing with a chapter on "The Natural Resource Curse in the Arab Gulf: Rapid Change and Local Culture".

IKED further contributed to the 2015 EcoCity World Summit, which took place in Abu Dhabi, Oct. 11-13, 2015. Offering a Forum for comparing experiences of various city initiatives from around the world in achieving both ecological balance and economic progress, the event demonstrated the rapid advances under way in multiple places to engage people in pulling technical progress and its new applications for resolving critical outstanding issues.

Recently, IKED is playing an active role in establishing partnerships to bridge Smart City initiatives and new Green Solution to for sustainable and environmental friendly solutions for the cities. The prime objective is bringing the most efficient and smart solutions together and share the knowledge for the future urban planning.
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..:: Needs of new knowledge-based society initiatives in the Middle East
Over centuries, the Middle East was at the epi-centre of leading scientific and technologies breakthroughs. Today, there is a fundamental need of establishing renewed structures for reclaiming progress in this area. A looming effort is that of WorldScienceBook, a planned forum for the pan-Arab world to join forces in fulfilling the new opportunities around Science, technology and entrepreneurship. 

On this subject, IKED was approached by the Arab Administrative Development Organization of the League of Arab States (ARADO), to prepare such an initiative designed to promote a range of science and innovation related activities in the pan-Arab region.

The WorldScienceBook project was not yet fullfiled but represents a latent opportunity for the Middle East to collaborate in essential capacity building and to inspire research, innovation and the development of new knowledge-based companies and jobs for the growing generations.

On ARADO
ARADO, affiliated with the League of Arab States and established in 1961, is a specialized organisation assuming responsibility for promoting administrative development in the Arab region.

ARADO aims to foster better utilization of human and financial resources, using the most modern communication techniques and information technology in support of social and economic development. Having promoted the "WorldScienceBook" among stakeholders across the Arab world, ARADO met with widespread interest and support. Given the allocation of required financial resources, the initiative could advance new networking and action opportunities for innovation centres, researchers, Arab alumni, business people, entrepreneurs, and creative professionals throughout the Middle East and North Africa.
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..:: Patient Certification
The Patient Certificate Scheme (PCS) pineered a concept and methodology for providing the means and the incentives to enable individuals to gain knowledge and resume a greater responsibility for their behaviour in respect to aspects of health, safety and environmental issues. IKED has contributed to the agenda by carrying out background analysis and by providing administrative support.

The PCS aims to deliver services which will help increase awareness among targeted individuals in various parts of the world of serious distortions to our present and future well-being, inspire behavioural change and thereby help improve life for large numbers of people. Particular emphasis is currently placed on projects focusing on the Middle East. New applications make use of mobile telephony, coupled with appropriate means for learning, gaining inspiration, and enabling beneficial adjustments to human behaviour.

See: Patient Certificate Scheme
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..:: International Collaboration on Women Entrepreneurship
The conditions confronting Women Entrepreneurship and Women-owned SMEs give rise to major distortions and inefficiencies in many societies. Since 2006, IKED has been represented on the OECD Task Force on Fostering Women's Entrepreneurship in the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) Countries. Previously, jointly with Global Knowledge Partnership (GKP), IKED organised a panel at the World Knowledge Forum in Seoul, Korea, on the upgrading of competencies related to management and the introduction of ICT in women-owned SMEs, resulting in a Handbook on how to develop programmes supporting practical action and competence development in this area.

Working with partners in various countries, including France, Greece, Morocco and Turkey, IKED is further engaged in fostering women entrepreneurship through advocacy and application of practical experience in training at educational centres, business labs, incubators and science parks. Coaching activities and mentorship programmes focusing on women-owned start-ups aim to strengthen path-ways for innovation and growth.

Among other building blocks for this agenda, IKED has developed an interactive platform for breeding women entrepreneurship, the so-called Women Incubator Training and Strategy (WITS). In a nutshell, WITS is a demand-driven methodology that builds the competences of individual women entrepreneurs, as well as the capabilities of their wider business and innovation ecosystem, to foster tailored value-enhancing service-support. Targeted capabilities include finance, ICT, marketing, design, intellectual property rights, and so forth. On this basis, women entrepreneurs will be able to address and overcome their particular weaknesses while developing a greater focus on their core business activities in support of sustainable enterprise growth.
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..:: A Comprehensive Approach to SMEs and Competence Development
Started in 2003, IKED developed a novel approach to more coherent policies for upgrading of skills that are relevant to the specific situation of small and medium-sized companies (SMEs). In collaboration with NUTEK (the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth) at the time, IKED examined the experience of a number of countries in applying similar strategies under varying conditions, in support of SME competitiveness and regional development. The report "Competence Development for Growth - International Outlook and Analysis" sums up approaches and experiences gained by a number of countries, and discusses ways forward to devising improved strategies.
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..:: The Global Trust Center
The Global Trust Center (GTC) is an independent non-profit organisation that develops policy, standards and procedures to enable trust in all digital interactions. The GTC provides a forum for governments, businesses and civil society to carry out the research and dialogue to develop the framework required for users to enjoy significantly enhanced trust levels in the digital world.

The mission of the GTC is to place the individual user at the centre of all digital interactions and to reaffirm fundamental values of legality, integrity and accountability.
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