Keynote speakers announced for WFBSC Berlin

14th of March 2017
Keynote speakers announced for WFBSC Berlin

The organisers of this year's World Federation of Building Service Contractors (WFBSC) Congress in Berlin from September 18-20 have announced two keynote speakers.

EU commissioner Günther Oettinger and the IT specialist Daniel Domscheit-Berg will both address the topic of 'Cleaning in a Digital World - Processes, People, Technology'. EU commissioner for budget and human resources since January 2017, Günther Oettinger was previously responsible for the sector Digital Economy and Society for the EU and is closely involved in the subject of digitalisation.

Referring to the course to be adopted in the ongoing process of digitisation, he has called for opportunities to be used and risks to be avoided. The EU commissioner regards digitisation as being equivalent in importance to Gutenberg's invention of printing, and the introduction of the steam engine, electricity and automation.

Daniel Domscheit-Berg will focus on 'Opportunities and Risks of Digital Interconnectedness' in his paper. For many years he has taken a close interest in the freedom of information and the transparency of the internet.

A graduate in information technology with the emphasis on IT security, from 2007 to 2010 he worked on the whistle-blowing platform WikiLeaks and was its spokesman, using the pseudonym Daniel Schmitt. He is currently engaged in a number of projects concerned with the protection of private data on the internet and with the decentralisation of internet infrastructure.

In 2011 the American magazine Foreign Policy named him one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers. He is one of the supporters of the Charter of Digital Fundamental Rights of the European Union, which was published at the end of November 2016.

The WFBSC Congress is being held concurrently with the CMS Berlin professional cleaning show, which takes place from September 19-22.

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