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Luxembourg’s Government Chief Information Officer and Director of the Government IT center
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Meet our Speaker: Gilles Feith
Gilles Feith is Luxembourg’s Government Chief Information Officer and Director of the Government IT center, which provides centralized IT services for public administrations.
The Government IT center’s total annual budget, including personnel costs, exceeds 100 million euros and it has a full-time staff of more than 300 agents.
Before being nominated to his current position in March 2014, Gilles Feith first joined the Government IT center as deputy Director.
Prior to this, he held a number of management positions in the Luxembourg Ministry for Public Services, at “Post Telecom” (Luxembourg’s public telecom operator), and global accounting firms.
Gilles Feith graduated in commercial and financial sciences with a specialization in chartered accounting and has extensive experience working in ICT and Government related environments in both the operational and regulatory domains.
eTalk: Digital Embassy
By Gilles Feith, Luxembourg’s Government Chief Information Officer and Director of the Government IT center, Luxembourg
The digitalisation of our society is following Moore’s law, and therefore our life becomes increasingly dependent on digital solutions. Today, citizens and companies can manage their life or their business online. The same goes for nations: More and more administrative procedures are created exclusively in digital form, to the point where paper copies do not exist anymore. This, in turn, creates an increasing need to safeguard a nation’s digital data. The data embassy concept bridges a gap between the tried and tested analogue concepts of our society and their new digital equivalents. A data embassy grants the privileges established by the 1961 Vienna convention on diplomatic relations into a data center space, a powerful new concept backed by state of the art infrastructures. In this context, the availability of Tier IV datacenters is one vital element, as is connectivity. Luxembourg has invested heavily in terrestrial and satellite communications and the data embassy concept benefits from these infrastructures.
The data embassy concept bridges a gap between the tried and tested analogue concepts of our society and their new digital equivalents.