Digital

Economy & Jobs 18-05-2017

Amazon AI chief: We don’t need a ‘kill switch’ for ‘smart’ machines

Ralf Herbrich is one of the three masterminds behind Amazon’s artificial intelligence, the secret formula responsible for the exponential growth of the company that has revolutionised the world of commerce.

Broadband 18-05-2017

Member states want to change investment rules in telecoms overhaul

EU countries have changed measures on network investment in a major telecoms bill and are kicking negotiations into the second half of this year.

Data protection 18-05-2017

EU fines Facebook €110 million over WhatsApp deal

European Union antitrust regulators fined Facebook €110 million on Thursday (18 May) for giving misleading information during a vetting of its deal to acquire messaging service WhatsApp in 2014.

16-05-2017

Member states want looser data rules in draft ePrivacy bill

EU member states are divided over a proposal to change privacy rules for telecoms operators, with some countries calling for looser rules on when they can use consumers' personal data.

Cybersecurity 15-05-2017

World braces for more cyberattacks as work week begins

Governments and computer experts girded on Monday (15 May) for a possible worsening of the global cyberattack that has hit more than 150 countries, as Microsoft warned against stockpiling vulnerabilities like the one at the heart of the crisis.

12-05-2017

EU demands urgent talks with Washington over laptop ban

The European Union has demanded urgent talks with the United States over a possible extension to some European countries of a US ban on airline passengers taking laptops into cabins, saying any security threats faced are common.

12-05-2017

Proximus CEO: High quality Belgian network ‘is reflected in the price’

Belgium has higher mobile phone prices than many other countries in Europe because of the high quality of its network, Dominique Leroy told EURACTIV.com.  Looking forward, she said more spectrum was badly needed to cope with soaring demand for mobile data.

11-05-2017

Smart city mayor: Digitalisation contributes to equality

When Nokia lost the smartphone race against Apple, its key R&D centre in Oulu, a high-tech city of 250,000 in northern Finland, weathered mass layoffs. Nokia has since rebounded and returned jobs to the area. Mayor Päivi Laajala told EURACTIV Slovakia about its recovery.

11-05-2017

EU court’s opinion challenges Commission’s pro-Uber stance

An opinion issued today (11 May) by the EU Court of Justice's advocate general said that Uber cannot benefit from lax rules under the service directive, seen by the European Commission as the legal basis for the collaborative economy.

The Counter Extremism Project says Twitter needs to take responsibility for radical groups using the platform
10-05-2017

Online platforms face EU regulation on transparency and business contracts

Internet platforms like Google, Facebook and Amazon Marketplace face regulation over their contracts with other businesses by the end of the year, under possible new EU legislation announced today (10 May).

10-05-2017

Ansip promises EU rules on data flows by autumn

The European Commission will propose legislation later this year to get rid of national restrictions that prevent data from moving between EU countries, following calls from more than a dozen member states to crack down.

Economy & Jobs 10-05-2017

Estonia to lead debate on the future of social systems in the digital era

The upcoming rotating presidency of the EU will focus on the future of work and the role technology can play in transforming social systems in the context of the new industrial revolution.

09-05-2017

MEPs squabble over online platforms in copyright amendments

A list of hundreds of MEPs' amendments to the European Commission's copyright law overhaul includes squabbles over online platforms and text and data mining.

09-05-2017

Estonian president: In the face of Brexit, unity will be at the heart of our EU presidency

EXCLUSIVE / As Estonia gets ready for its stint at the helm of the EU, its President Kersti Kaljulaid told EURACTIV that her country will fight to keep the Union together, despite Brexit, and help the bloc forge a new vision, branching out from the Commission proposals.

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08-05-2017

European Digital Single Market review

Stakeholders, including country representatives, consumer advocates and digital economy players rate Europe's Digital Single Market proposals using emojis ahead of the European Commission releasing its DSM midterm review.

Data protection 05-05-2017

Jourová: I will launch a massive information campaign on data protection

Data protection is only getting more important. Yet, most people simply do not care enough about protecting their personal data, Justice Commissioner Věra Jourová told EURACTIV Czech Republic.

Broadband 04-05-2017

Thirteen member states double down on opposition to EU spectrum rules

A group of thirteen EU member states have doubled down on a pushback by national governments against the European Commission's proposed changes to radio spectrum policy, arguing it will sweep away their powers to auction off spectrum to telecoms operators.

04-05-2017

Belgian dentists smiling as advertising ban ruled unlawful by EU court

Belgian dentists should not be banned from advertising their services, according to the European Court of Justice, which ruled that a national moratorium contradicts EU law.

03-05-2017

Free roaming doesn’t matter if we have nothing to roam with

From 15 June, free roaming comes into force. But on 13 June, a less well-known deadline expires, which could significantly affect what wireless devices and products can be bought, warns Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl.

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03-05-2017

Companies need to cooperate globally in an open world

EUREKA Chairman and CDTI Director-General Francisco Marín on
internationalisation, open innovation, equity funding - and how EUREKA can
support innovative companies through its various instruments.

02-05-2017

Fifteen countries ask for EU legislation on data flows

Ministers from 15 EU countries have asked the European Commission to focus on removing barriers to digital trade one week before the executive presents a mid-term review of its flagship Digital Single Market policies.

28-04-2017

Yellow Academy: Staying Relevant in the EU Policy Space

EURACTIV’s Yellow Academy is a series of workshops on EU lobbying and communication with a strong focus on case studies.

#Media4EU 28-04-2017

NGO: Freedom of the press at lowest point in 13 years

With populism and authoritarianism on the rise in many countries, global press freedom has taken a blow. In fact, it is at its lowest point in 13 years, according to a US-funded research and advocacy organisation.

27-04-2017

Taxi industry launches alliance to compete with Uber

MEPs and stakeholders yesterday (26 April) launched an organisation aiming to protect the rights of taxi drivers and improve competition against “social platforms” like US ride-hailing service Uber.