Digital

13-12-2017

Bulgaria makes telecoms overhaul a focus during Council presidency

Bulgaria will focus its attention on speeding up negotiations on a major telecoms bill when it takes over the six-month, rotating presidency of the Council of ministers in January.

12-12-2017

Broadcasting rules bring new dramatic twist to digital single market talks

A rumble in the European Parliament has added a dramatic twist to frantic negotiations over the EU’s flagship digital single market proposals.

Economy & Jobs 12-12-2017

Stockholm mayor: Cohesion policy is strongest form of EU solidarity

Stockholm produces more billion dollar companies than any other place outside Silicon Valley and the European Commission recently proclaimed it Europe's most innovative region. Mayor Karin Wanngård explained how her city hangs onto its talent and why it is such a popular breeding ground for 'unicorns'.

Data protection 06-12-2017

Tech industry slams data watchdogs over damning privacy shield report

A major technology industry association has lashed out at national data protection regulators for a critical report on the EU’s privacy shield data agreement with the United States.

We have all had our fill of references to ‘fake news’ – to the point that we are no longer sure what it means.
06-12-2017

Fake news affects all of us – the debate should reflect all voices

We have all had our fill of references to ‘fake news’ – to the point that we are no longer sure what it means. However, that should not blind us to the fact that significant issues are at stake in the digital world, writes Noel Curran.

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06-12-2017

Gigabit Society, 3 digital leaders advocate for an innovation-ready continent

Ahead of the Telecoms Council meetings taking place this week, the three women leading Brussels’ main telecom and tech associations, jointly express their vision and concerns in a #ThinkDigital interview. The video features Lise Fuhr, Director General of ETNO, Afke Schaart, VP and Head of Europe at the GSMA and Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl, Director General of Digital Europe.

05-12-2017

Gabriel to present plan in May to slash mobile roaming fees with Western Balkans

Mariya Gabriel, the European Commissioner in charge of digital policies, will announce a plan to get rid of mobile fees between the EU and Western Balkan countries at a May 2018 summit in Bulgaria.

05-12-2017

Telecoms ministers snub Commission’s spectrum overhaul in 5G strategy

Telecoms ministers from EU countries agreed on a plan to set up fast 5G internet networks by 2025, five years after the European Commission's original proposal, and snubbed a proposal to reform rules for selling off radio spectrum.

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Data protection 05-12-2017

The GDPR will soon apply to all companies in Europe

The clock is ticking and companies in the EU will have to meet the requirements of the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) from the end of May 2018. The Regulation brings extensive changes for business, writes Herwig Thyssens.

05-12-2017

Bitcoin and darknet, European dealers’ toolkit

The dismantling of online drug platforms last summer has highlighted the primary role of e-commerce for Europe’s drug trade. EURACTIV France reports.

Data protection 01-12-2017

Top EU privacy watchdog wants centralised regulator with muscle to police firms

EU lawmakers should create a new, centralised data protection authority to oversee investigations of privacy breaches that affect more than member state in the bloc, Giovanni Buttarelli, the EU’s top privacy watchdog, said in an interview.

Competition 01-12-2017

Europe’s opportunity to lead on 5G deployment is dwindling

Europe’s window of opportunity to lead on 5G deployment is closing fast, writes Gabriel Solomon. A repeat of Europe’s mistake on 4G roll out would be regrettable.

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30-11-2017

The YouTube Pop-up Space in Brussels

Last week, YouTube hosted a Pop-up Space in Belgium for the first time. The space was designed to give YouTubers the opportunity to learn, connect and create.

Data protection 30-11-2017

Seven EU countries team up to investigate Uber data breach

EU privacy watchdogs are uniting to confront Uber over the breach of millions of consumers’ data that the ride-hailing app recently reported.

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30-11-2017

#ThinkDigital interview: What will enable the future of telcos?

What will enable the future of telcos? Does Telefónica have the same weapons to innovate as OTTs and other players?

Data protection 29-11-2017

Privacy crusader Schrems starts NGO to bring more tech firms to court

The Austrian lawyer whose lawsuit toppled the infamous safe harbour data sharing agreement with the United States has set up an NGO focused on bringing more privacy cases to court.

28-11-2017

New cabinet wants to make Austria European role model in digitisation

When it comes to digitisation, the new Austrian government of Sebastian Kurz and Heinz-Christian Strache wants to become a European role model. There is even unanimity over the basic framework. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Global Europe 28-11-2017

NATO visionaries: Artificial intelligence has huge potential for future military capacity

The GLOBSEC NATO Adaptation Initiative, led by retired General John R. Allen, presented on Monday (27 November) its final report on the future of the Alliance. In a wide-ranging interview, EURACTIV.com spoke to General Allen and Ambassador Alexander Vershbow, former Deputy Secretary-General of NATO.

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copyright 28-11-2017

Benifei: Embed blockchain in copyright reform

Blockchain technology can provide a win-win-win between the fight against censorship, verified traceability of digital artworks, and a fair remuneration for its creators. The copyright reform debate is a good opportunity to embed blockchain and create a better regulatory framework, argues Brando Benifei.

24-11-2017

Digital evidence: Europe’s fragmented crime scene

As the European Commission prepares a new legislative proposal dealing with digital data, expert panelists examine the challenges facing European judiciaries. Conflicting laws, and legal philosophies risk undermining citizens data privacy rights; this create economic uncertainty for digital service providers; and slows Europe’s uptake of cloud computing solutions. Is a new transatlantic framework possible? Our panel discussed this and many related issues. Check-out our event playlist.

24-11-2017

Fake news panic. Need for EU action?

The discussion of public and private funding must be on the top of any media agenda including how to tackle fake news, writes Renate Schroeder. Investing in resources and staff is a prerequisite for responsible reporting.

24-11-2017

The trouble with fighting fakes with facts

Europe's fight against disinformation requires a trust in legitimate media, writes Juliane von Reppert-Bismarck.

Cybersecurity 23-11-2017

Trade MEPs want to scrap all EU export restrictions on encryption

MEPs want the European Commission to remove export control restrictions on technology products that use encryption.

Agrifood 23-11-2017

Hogan pleased with Greek efforts to close ‘digital gap’ in rural areas

EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan is satisfied with the Greek government’s push for rural broadband, claiming that it will help farmers increase production.