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26/07/2016

Big data revolutionises Europe’s fight against terrorism

Digital


Digital 26-07-2016

Universal basic income paid by a 'robot tax' is a pretty, but bad, idea

Although the digitalisation of industry is a top priority among EU decision makers, Europe should not be concerned about job losses caused by growing automation. Instead, member states should teach the new generations the skills required for a digital future, believes the VDMA chief, Thilo Brodtman.
Digital 22-07-2016

Europe should abandon its expensive internet cookies law

The European Commission should repeal its "cookies law" - it's expensive for online businesses and a burden for internet users, writes Alan McQuinn.
Trade & Society 22-07-2016

Commission plans export controls for surveillance technology

EXCLUSIVE / Technology companies may face stricter licensing requirements to export products that could be used to violate human rights, as part of a change to EU rules.
Global Europe 20-07-2016

Smartphone app lets users decide fate of Netherlands refugees

Looking to change public perception about migrants in the Netherlands, two journalists have launched a Smartphone app that dramatizes the asylum-seeking process and lets users ask tough questions of would-be refugees.
Digital 20-07-2016

Commission reluctantly approves controversial German telecoms rule

The European Commission gave a feeble stamp of approval to a controversial German telecoms rule yesterday (19 July), putting a temporary stop to Brussels' fight with the German regulator.
Digital 18-07-2016

Commercial broadcasters prepare for another fight in Brussels

The pay TV sector is bracing itself for another fight in Brussels when the European Commission proposes changes to EU copyright law in September.
Digital 14-07-2016

Go digital or go home: New contract rules on digital content

The Digital Single Market will bring the simplicity and legal certainty that European companies need to make the EU the leader of the digital world. We must embrace this as soon as possible, argues Eva Paunova.
Digital 14-07-2016

EU files fresh anti-trust charges against Google

The European Union filed new anti-trust charges against Google on Thursday (14 July), piling pressure on the US tech giant over the alleged abuse of its market dominance.

Leak: Commission to propose boosting telecoms competition and new internet speed target

The European Commission wants internet download speeds to reach 100 megabits per second by 2025 and calls for more public funds to build faster networks, according to a leaked document obtained by EurActiv.com.
Digital 12-07-2016

Privacy Shield forced US to be 'transparent' about intelligence agencies

The controversial Privacy Shield agreement, which was signed today (12 July), forced the United States to be unusually transparent about the operations of its intelligence agencies, a top American official has claimed.
Digital 12-07-2016

Michel Bauwens: Uber ‘should be regulated like rest of the economy’

Enterprises like Uber and Airbnb “basically suck value out of the local economy” by trying to work around social laws and other regulations, says Michel Bauwens. But simply banning them would be short-sighted, he told EurActiv.com.
Digital 11-07-2016

Commission asked to crack down on YouTube, Spotify, Netflix in copyright bill

Two groups representing the film and music industry wrote to Jean-Claude Juncker on Monday (11 July) asking the European Commission to crack down on internet companies they say are exploiting artists.


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Hackers bombard aviation sector with over 1,000 attacks per month

SPECIAL REPORT / As airlines and airports increasingly become targets of cyber attacks, the EU’s aviation safety agency has urged taking cyber threats “seriously” by launching a common strategy.
Digital 08-07-2016

Privacy Shield agreement signed off despite vote abstentions

EU member states today (8 July) signed off on the controversial Privacy Shield agreement for data transfers to the US, locking down the final deal after the European Commission haggled for months with the US over legal details.

Commission asked to fund cross-border tests of driverless cars

Telecoms operators and car manufacturers have asked the European Commission to put money into a major, four-year project running driverless cars between EU member states, in the first test of the new technology between more than one country.
Digital 07-07-2016

Privacy Shield is the right replacement for Safe Harbour

The EU-US Privacy Shield agreement should be approved because it significantly strengthens Europeans’ privacy rights and improves the privacy protection of US citizens, writes Julie Brill.
Digital 06-07-2016

Telecoms watchdogs backed Commission in heated German broadband probe

A group of telecoms regulators backed the European Commission's critique of a controversial German telecoms rule, according to a confidential opinion paper obtained by EurActiv.com.

Cybersecurity research fund accused of protectionism

The European Commission has earmarked €450 million to fund companies working on cybersecurity, in a bid to slash the growing number of attacks on private firms and governments.
Digital 04-07-2016

Commission rebukes Greek opposition in media row

Greek lawmakers bickered yesterday (3 July) over a letter sent by EU Digital Commissioner Günther Oettinger to the government expressing serious concerns about media independence in the country.

Accenture digital chief: ‘Oettinger is doing a great job’

The completion of the Digital Single Market will play a crucial role in the transformation of European companies, Accenture's Bruno Berthon told EurActiv.com. One of the main challenges, he believes, will be deciding how companies share data.
UK & Europe 01-07-2016

Irish EU minister: Post-Brexit North-South hard border 'not acceptable'

Ireland's EU minister has told EurActiv.com that any post-Brexit border between Northern Ireland and the Republic should allow status quo in terms of movement of goods or people, and a 'hard border' would be "unacceptable."
Euro & Finance 01-07-2016

Schäuble wants to increase cooperation among member states following Brexit

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble wants to deepen cooperation between the 27 remaining European Union countries after Britain quits with measures that include a joint asylum policy, Der Spiegel reported on Friday (1 July).
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Digital 24-06-2016

Guillaume Liegey: ‘Big data is cheaper for electoral analysis than polls’

SPECIAL REPORT / Political campaigns can be refined by the analysis of "big data" to analyse and target voters. The challenge is knowing how best to use the data, said Guillaume Liegey.
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Digital 23-06-2016

Big data revolutionises Europe's fight against terrorism

SPECIAL REPORT / The threat of terrorism has greatly accelerated the exchange of data between European states. Social media has become indispensable, both for investigative purposes and to fight propaganda. EurActiv France reports.