Equal Pay for all

In the wake of the pandemic and financial upheaval, women globally have shouldered a disproportionate array of responsibilities, balancing increased job demands with pivotal roles in household care. Despite these efforts, women are notably underrepresented in key positions and are consistently paid less than their male counterparts for equivalent or even greater responsibilities. In 2020, the gender pay gap averaged 13.0% in the European Union and 14.1% in the euro area, varying significantly across Member States. This disparity remains a pressing challenge for the EU. The European Commission urges actions to address segregation in sectors where women dominate, enhance women’s representation in corporate and political decision-making, and improve the work-life balance for both genders. Persistent structural underpayment, gender stereotypes—especially prevalent in STEM fields—and discrimination in all sectors underscore the urgent need for change. EqPay4all stands as a concerted effort to combat the gender pay gap and dismantle associated stereotypes, aiming to foster lasting transformation.

What is Our role in EqPay4all?

Future Needs plays a pivotal role in the development and refinement of the Virtual Think Tank (VTT) platform within this project. As the lead for these activities, Future Needs spearheads the design, development, and translation phases of the VTT, working collaboratively with partner organisations to ensure the platform’s interactive and technically robust nature. Future Needs oversees the identification of technical requirements, designs the graphic interface, and integrates collaborative tools for synchronous and asynchronous engagement. Additionally, Future Needs takes charge of drafting a comprehensive manual that elucidates the VTT’s navigation and technical functionalities. Furthermore, Future Needs leads the critical phase of piloting and fine-tuning the VTT, overseeing the testing process to gauge its effectiveness and usability. Their central role ensures the successful creation, understanding, and optimization of this innovative platform designed to facilitate collaborative efforts and knowledge exchange among diverse bodies and organisations across different countries involved in the project.

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What are the objectives of EqPay4all ?

  • Enhance knowledge and skills regarding stereotypes and the right to equal pay for equal work.
  • Combat stereotypes and gender biases within professions and job structures.
  • Heighten awareness and empower women to reduce the gender pay gap.
  • Foster social cohesion among diverse groups for collaborative action on this topic.
  • Promote common values advocating for gender equality, fundamental in Community Law and EU principles.
  • Improve youth employability and advocate for fair treatment at work irrespective of gender.
  • Establish networks committed to actively promoting workplace equality.
  • Align with EU and international priorities addressing gender inequality.
  • Engage project participants as ambassadors spreading awareness about gender inequality in the job market.

The need for gender pay equality

The pursuit of gender pay equality is essential for fostering a fair and inclusive society. Despite significant progress over time, the existence of a gender wage gap highlights persistent disparities that need urgent attention. Addressing this gap goes beyond mere economic equity; it embodies the principles of fairness, opportunity, and societal progress. Achieving true gender pay equality involves identifying and rectifying various factors contributing to the gap, including societal expectations, caregiving roles, job preferences, and potential discrimination. By implementing policies that promote flexible work structures, equal opportunities for career advancement, and challenging societal norms, we pave the way for a more just and equitable future where individuals are valued based on merit and capability, rather than gender.

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ENsuring Secure and Safe CMD Design with Zero TRUST Principles

Aligned with the guidelines of the Cybersecurity Act and the existing guidance on cybersecurity for medical devices, ENTRUST envisions a Trust Management Architecture intended to dynamically and holistically manage the lifecycle of connected medical devices, strengthening  trust and privacy in the entire medical ecosystem. 

What is the objective of the ENTRUST project?

The main objective of ENTRUST is to ensure end-to-end trust management of medical devices including formally verified trust models, risk assessment process, secure lifecycle procedures, security policies, technical recommendations, and the first-ever real-time Conformity Certificates to safeguard connected medical devices.

What is the role of Future Needs? 

Future Needs leads the Dissemination, Communication, Exploitation and Impact Creation work package, where it will create an Open-Source Roadmap. Furthermore, Future Needs leads the tasks for Data Management, Legal and Ethical Compliance of the project and the task Shaping the Ethical & Legal Dimension of Trust Management in Next-Generation of smart connected medical devices in which will conduct an ethical analysis.

What is the aim of the ENTRUST project?

ENTRUST will leverage a series of breakthrough solutions to enhance assurance without limiting the applicability of connected medical devices by enclosing them to cybersecurity features. The project will introduce a novel remote attestation mechanism to ensure the device’s correct operation at runtime regardless of its computational power; will be efficient enough to run in also resource-constrained real-time systems such as the medical devices.

Which needs does ENTRUST address?

There is a need for targeted design and development of Medical Device – specific defensive mechanisms that occurs from: 

  • The absence of a holistic security and privacy solution throughout the entire lifecycle of a heterogeneous medical device
  • The lack of a trust establishment mechanism among all the stakeholder in the healthcare supply chain
  • The absence of formal verification approaches for medical devices
  • The absence of runtime assurance for the connected medical devices
  • The lack of cyber security culture and visibility in healthcare domain

Funding

The funding of the project comes from Horizon Europe.

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Digital Technologies Acting as a Gatekeeper to information and data flows

Which issues of today’s digital world does TANGO address?

In today’s world, digital services are becoming more and more a commonality in people’s daily lives. Ongoing digital transformation and data management is taking place across the majority of industrial sectors. Organizations have been collecting a plethora of data about their customers as well as their businesses. Intellectual property (IP) is an essential motor driving innovation, competitiveness, and the growth of businesses and the economy. However, all this digital overflow is largely susceptible to theft and breach of citizens’ privacy. The associated costs related to citizens’ privacy both from the users’ side and the organizations side are huge, creating an imperative need for digital solutions that will ensure users privacy.

How does Future Needs participate?

Future Needs participates in various Work Packages of the project: “Project and Technical Management”, “Requirements, Specifications & Reference Architecture” (we will identify the gaps in distributed data management, extract the user requirements translating them into functional for the design of the overall architecture), “User Interfaces and Platform Integration”, “Pilot Demonstration and Validation Campaigns” and “Dissemination, Communication and Exploitation” (more specifically “Market Analysis and Business Modeling”). During the implementation of the latter, Future Needs along with other partners will ensure wide communication and scientific dissemination of the innovative TANGO results to the research, academic, and international community. Moreover, Future Needs will work towards the efficient exploitation and business planning of the TANGO concepts and tools to various domains, with the aim of identifying end users and potential customers.

What is the aim of the TANGO project?

The aim of the TANGO project is to use digital technologies as a gatekeeper to information and data flow. TANGO will leverage the power of emerging and digital technologies to improve the privacy and user-experience for citizens, to protect intellectual property, reduce costs and improve productivity for companies, and to address key bureaucratic and administration challenges for public organizations including embassies. It will provide a solution within the transport, e-commerce, finance, public administration, tourism and industrial domains supporting numerous beneficiaries across Europe.

What are the main characteristics of TANGO’s novel platform?

TANGO will introduce a novel and holistic platform for user-friendly, secure, trustworthy, compliant, fair, transparent, accountable and environmentally sustainable data management (data handling, processing, communicating and storage). Distributed and privacy preserving data collection, processing, analysis, sharing and storage in a green manner, are key elements of the platform. Security and trust will be at the core of the platform.

Funding

The funding of the project comes from  Horizon Europe.

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Digital Technologies Acting as a Gatekeeper to information and data flows

Which issues of today’s digital world does TANGO address?

In today’s world, digital services are becoming more and more a commonality in people’s daily lives. Ongoing digital transformation and data management is taking place across the majority of industrial sectors. Organizations have been collecting a plethora of data about their customers as well as their businesses. Intellectual property (IP) is an essential motor driving innovation, competitiveness, and the growth of businesses and the economy. However, all this digital overflow is largely susceptible to theft and breach of citizens’ privacy. The associated costs related to citizens’ privacy both from the users’ side and the organizations side are huge, creating an imperative need for digital solutions that will ensure users privacy.

How does Future Needs participate?

Future Needs participates in various Work Packages of the project: “Project and Technical Management”, “Requirements, Specifications & Reference Architecture” (we will identify the gaps in distributed data management, extract the user requirements translating them into functional for the design of the overall architecture), “User Interfaces and Platform Integration”, “Pilot Demonstration and Validation Campaigns” and “Dissemination, Communication and Exploitation” (more specifically “Market Analysis and Business Modeling”). During the implementation of the latter, Future Needs along with other partners will ensure wide communication and scientific dissemination of the innovative TANGO results to the research, academic, and international community. Moreover, Future Needs will work towards the efficient exploitation and business planning of the TANGO concepts and tools to various domains, with the aim of identifying end users and potential customers.

What is the aim of the TANGO project?

The aim of the TANGO project is to use digital technologies as a gatekeeper to information and data flow. TANGO will leverage the power of emerging and digital technologies to improve the privacy and user-experience for citizens, to protect intellectual property, reduce costs and improve productivity for companies, and to address key bureaucratic and administration challenges for public organizations including embassies. It will provide a solution within the transport, e-commerce, finance, public administration, tourism and industrial domains supporting numerous beneficiaries across Europe.

What are the main characteristics of TANGO’s novel platform?

TANGO will introduce a novel and holistic platform for user-friendly, secure, trustworthy, compliant, fair, transparent, accountable and environmentally sustainable data management (data handling, processing, communicating and storage). Distributed and privacy preserving data collection, processing, analysis, sharing and storage in a green manner, are key elements of the platform. Security and trust will be at the core of the platform.

Funding

The funding of the project comes from  Horizon Europe.

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Digital Technologies Acting as a Gatekeeper to information and data flows

Which issues of today’s digital world does TANGO address?

In today’s world, digital services are becoming more and more a commonality in people’s daily lives. Ongoing digital transformation and data management is taking place across the majority of industrial sectors. Organizations have been collecting a plethora of data about their customers as well as their businesses. Intellectual property (IP) is an essential motor driving innovation, competitiveness, and the growth of businesses and the economy. However, all this digital overflow is largely susceptible to theft and breach of citizens’ privacy. The associated costs related to citizens’ privacy both from the users’ side and the organizations side are huge, creating an imperative need for digital solutions that will ensure users privacy.

How does Future Needs participate?

Future Needs participates in various Work Packages of the project: “Project and Technical Management”, “Requirements, Specifications & Reference Architecture” (we will identify the gaps in distributed data management, extract the user requirements translating them into functional for the design of the overall architecture), “User Interfaces and Platform Integration”, “Pilot Demonstration and Validation Campaigns” and “Dissemination, Communication and Exploitation” (more specifically “Market Analysis and Business Modeling”). During the implementation of the latter, Future Needs along with other partners will ensure wide communication and scientific dissemination of the innovative TANGO results to the research, academic, and international community. Moreover, Future Needs will work towards the efficient exploitation and business planning of the TANGO concepts and tools to various domains, with the aim of identifying end users and potential customers.

What is the aim of the TANGO project?

The aim of the TANGO project is to use digital technologies as a gatekeeper to information and data flow. TANGO will leverage the power of emerging and digital technologies to improve the privacy and user-experience for citizens, to protect intellectual property, reduce costs and improve productivity for companies, and to address key bureaucratic and administration challenges for public organizations including embassies. It will provide a solution within the transport, e-commerce, finance, public administration, tourism and industrial domains supporting numerous beneficiaries across Europe.

What are the main characteristics of TANGO’s novel platform?

TANGO will introduce a novel and holistic platform for user-friendly, secure, trustworthy, compliant, fair, transparent, accountable and environmentally sustainable data management (data handling, processing, communicating and storage). Distributed and privacy preserving data collection, processing, analysis, sharing and storage in a green manner, are key elements of the platform. Security and trust will be at the core of the platform.

Funding

The funding of the project comes from  Horizon Europe.

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Learn, Engage, Act – Digital Tools to Prevent and Counter Hate Speech Online – LEAD-Online

The project LEAD-Online addresses young people, teachers and media professionals and their ability to think critically and be media literate when it comes to dealing with the problem of hate speech online (HSO).

The aim of the project is to empower participants to become agents of change.

Where does the project aim at?

The approach of LEAD-Online will be piloted in 7 countries and aims to:

  • Develop a Training Programme which will teach participants to recognize hateful discourses and underlying forms of intolerance prejudices and discrimination.
  • Provide social actors with innovative digital tools to classify, decode and counter Hate Speech Online.
  • Open up spaces for discussion of Hate Speech Online, promoting attitudes and behaviours that respect human rights and values.

How does Future Needs participate?

Future Needs Management Consulting participates in the development of the Training Programme, of the Digital Tools and of Discussion Spaces in the LEAD-Online project. Moreover, we will pilot these among young people aged 14-19, educators, journalists, social media activists, b/vloggers, civil society organisations and internet service providers in Cyprus.

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Which actions does Future Needs lead?

Future Needs also leads the work package for communication and dissemination in LEAD-Online project. Our ultimate purpose is to ensure that project deliverables are widely distributed, adopted, and used by beneficiaries and stakeholders. To achieve this, we will create a strong online presence, organize in-person events, and leverage multimedia tools to raise awareness around the problem and the solutions it offers.

What will take place during LEAD-Online?

During the project:

  • Over 4000 young people and educators will participate in interactive learning on the topics of human rights and activism against Hate Speech Online.
  • Digital tools and an online game will be developed and over 3500 users will learn to denounce hate messages in an online environment.
  • Over 1400 participants will engage in more than 20 public LEAD-Online Talks and gain new awareness of the wide implications of Hate Speech Online.
  • All project participants will gain access to international networks and resources for countering hate speech beyond the duration of the project.

LEAD-Online‘s latest Updates

June 2022 | 1st Press Release of the LEAD-Online Project 📰
September 2022 | LEAD-Online Leaflet 📰
February 2023 | 2nd Press Release of the LEAD-Online Project 📰
April 2023 | Deliverable: Hate speech Self-assessment Tool and Hate Speech Ontologies 📰

To learn more about hate speech online and gain self awareness on the issue, check the project’s platform and answer the questionnaire:
https://www.lead-online.eu/

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