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30/08/2016

Jeremy Rifkin: ‘What’s missing from UN climate talks is a new economic vision’

Internet of Things


Slovakian deputy PM: EU data rules must be based on facts, not emotion

The European Union can no longer look at data protection with the presumption of guilt but must be flexible and fast in responding  to deficiencies, while managing responses based on hard data and analysis, not on emotions stimulated by politicians, Slovakia's deputy prime minister said in an interview with EurActiv Slovakia.

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.

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.
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Digital 20-06-2016

Europe’s rude awakening to big data politics

SPECIAL REPORT / To many in the Brussels bubble, the big data revolution came as a rude awakening, with revelations of mass-scale eavesdropping by US intelligence. Although EU policymakers have now embraced the economic potential of big data, privacy fears are never far in the distance
UK & Europe 08-06-2016

MasterCard international chief: ‘Brexit wouldn’t be a significant change for us’

Blockchain is expected to have a larger impact on our business than a potential Brexit, suggests MasterCard’s deputy boss, Ann Cairns. In her view, the technology behind virtual currencies like bitcoin is “a good thing for the future”, she told EurActiv.com.
Digital 31-05-2016

A bright outlook for the cloud

If data is the oil of the 21st century digital economy, then cloud computing is its engine. Europe needs to make sure that its digital motor is running properly to reap the benefits from future data driven innovation, big data and the internet of things, writes Elena Zvarici.
Digital 26-05-2016

Member states support spectrum shake-up for mobile internet

The Council endorsed on Thursday (26 June) the European Commission’s proposal to liberate the 700 MHz frequency by 30 June 2020, in time for the irruption of the next generation of wireless broadband (5G).
Digital 25-05-2016

Google’s new system raises fresh privacy concerns

EXCLUSIVE / Germany's data protection commissioner, Andrea Voßhoff, has urged caution when it comes to Google Home and Amazon Echo: the companies' flagship voice command services. EurActiv's partner WirtschaftsWoche reports.
Digital 17-05-2016

Major reshuffle planned at Commission's DG Connect

The European Commission will reshuffle its digital policy department DG Connect this summer, according to a leaked plan obtained by EurActiv.com.
Digital 02-05-2016

Net neutrality: Guidelines or straitjackets?

Depending on how the net neutrality regulation is implemented, it could have some serious adverse consequences, particularly for consumers, writes Robert Kenny.
Digital 26-04-2016

Fate of the DSM is tied to 5G and the Internet of Things

Standards will need to be reliable and secure to ensure the interoperability of 5G systems connecting cars, homes, city and industrial infrastructure as they are foundation of an effective Digital Single Market, writes Wassim Chourbaji.

Brussels seeks €50 billion to digitalise Europe's industry

The European Commission unveiled its long-awaited strategy to support the digitalisation of industry on Tuesday (19 April), aiming to mobilise around €50 billion to help European manufacturers catch up in the global race for the fourth industrial revolution.


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Digital 08-04-2016

Broadband internet set to win dedicated EU investment funding

SPECIAL REPORT / The European Investment Bank (EIB) will set aside a dedicated part of the Juncker Plan to target broadband funding in rural areas, according to sources.
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Europe looks for digital growth recipe to revive ailing economy

SPECIAL REPORT / More investment in skills and the completion of the digital single market are among the top priorities in order to relaunch economic growth in Europe, experts and policymakers agreed during a European Commission conference yesterday (6 April).
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'Netflix-like' city transport app could mean people buy less cars

SPECIAL REPORT / The European Commission is pushing local authorities to digitise cities and make them more efficient—one radical plan bubbling up could minimise the number of cars on city streets.
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Digital 04-04-2016

More than money, Europe needs entrepreneurial culture change

SPECIAL REPORT / Europe faces an uphill battle to make the fourth industrial revolution a reality. While the investment needed will be a challenge, the main obstacle to complete the transition towards the new digitalised future may be the sluggish entrepreneurial culture in Europe.

Industry 4.0: The future of manufacturing is here

The European Commission is preparing an action plan for publication in April to mobilise an estimated €25 billion to harness the potential of the fourth industrial revolution, EurActiv.com has learned.

Laying the groundwork for 5G

The first obvious step to prepare for 5G networks is to increase connectivity, writes Guo Ping. The second is to shift the ICT industry from being supply-driven to being demand-driven so as to enable the digital transformation of vertical industries.
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Digital 24-02-2016

Europeans look for a plan to speed up the next mobile network

SPECIAL REPORT / European Digital Commissioner Günther Oettinger said on Tuesday (23 February) that “Europe cannot afford to be left behind” on what he considers to be the most important issue of his mandate.
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Digital 19-02-2016

Europe hopes to make 5G networks a reality by 2018

SPECIAL REPORT / The European Commission will unveil its strategy to develop the next generation of mobile broadband network (5G) on Monday (22 February), EurActiv has learned.
Digital 02-02-2016

Commission shakes up radio spectrum to lead on mobile internet

National governments must announce their plans to move TV broadcasters below the 700 MHz band by 2017, which will be assigned exclusively to wireless broadband by 2020.
Digital 01-12-2015

Hands off! The next generation of the Internet is here

Blockchain, the technology behind Bitcoin, is expected to take our digital environment to the next level. While the risks involved are growing in parallel with its development, regulatory responses are not a priority for lawmakers.
Digital 27-11-2015

Commission to unveil Internet of Things plan by mid-2016

The European Commission is considering a comprehensive plan to support the growing connectivity between machines, but may settle for a more targeted initiative as part of its Digital Single Market strategy, EurActiv has learned.
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Sustainable Dev. 25-11-2015

Jeremy Rifkin: ‘What’s missing from UN climate talks is a new economic vision’

SPECIAL REPORT / The UN climate change summit (COP21), which opens in Paris next week, “will be meaningless” if it doesn’t include a positive agenda for economic growth, warns Jeremy Rifkin.