Idea #80 from the EYE2018 Report
The EU should fund a publicly owned enterprise that hires scientists, programmers and software designers to create a free anti-virus software and distribute it to citizens of Europe, for free. Open-source products have the benefits of being collaborative and ensure that systems are robust and adaptable to new threats. By employing the best of the best, Europe could provide an important public service to its citizens. In addition, purchasing anti-virus can be costly, meaning some businesses and individuals may choose to work and live without important anti-virus software and leave their systems and staff vulnerable to new threats. One basic step for the majority of internet users is downloading an anti-virus software on their device. Due to the online-scams and lack of information, many citizens feel overwhelmed when choosing trustworthy and quality software that will protect them. By supporting and creating a publicly owned organisation, this would ensure an available democratically accountable and citizen-focused anti-virus system, which would provide immediate, tangible benefits for the security of European citizens.
1. Why and how would this idea benefit young people?
2. Which groups in society would be impacted by this idea, and how can their different interests be accommodated?
3. What would be the practical steps to implement this idea in your town, your region, your country and/or at the level of the EU?