The Internet of Things already promises to transform daily life in rich countries. And a new generation of farming and healthcare techniques is improving the quality of life of the world's poorest populations. Our partner La Tribune reports .
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.
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.
Countries have approved a roadmap for developing a new generation of 5G mobile networks, the United Nations said Thursday (30 October), in what could pave the way for lightning-quick downloads and driverless cars.
The European Commission has called radio spectrum used by telecoms and mobile internet services “the basis for a digitally enabled society”. Ahead of a crucial conference to take place in Geneva (2-27 November), Pascal Lamy explains why the executive should stand up for its powers in the field.
The world is on the cusp of a digital revolution where machines will be talking to machines. Huawei's Guo Ping believes that Europe can take a leading role in 5G and the internet of things, but points to risks ahead for manufacturing in the country he knows best, China.
Europe has a good industrial basis, with strong traditional sectors. But EU countries are “not making the merge with the digital world,” warns Carlos Moedas, saying the transition will be “the most crucial area for getting it right or wrong for Europe”.
The EU's Data Protection Supervisor made an unexpected move today (11 September) by releasing an opinion on technology and ethics, aimed to fill in gaps in consumer protection rules left unaddressed by the ongoing EU privacy reforms.
The EU’s strategy for the digital single market includes ambitious targets, including copyright reform, improving the digital infrastructure and eliminating national borders in online trade. But experts argue that SMEs should receive more support. EurActiv Germany reports.
SPECIAL REPORT / Disruptive innovations were thin on the ground at the Barcelona Mobile World Congress. But an air of expectation is gathering around 5G technology, which promises to deliver the kind of pervasive connectivity required for the 'Internet of Things'.
The Internet of Things – also known as Industry 4.0 - is rapidly becoming reality, driven by the convergence of increasingly connected devices. TTIP, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, can help reap the rewards it promises, writes John Higgins.
SPECIAL REPORT : Europe needs to capitalise on the Internet of Things to pave the way to the zero-marginal cost industrial economy of the future, according to US economist Jeremy Rifkin, who says China is willing to join it on the journey.
SPECIAL REPORT / As the Barcelona Mobile World Congress ends, EurActiv explores the ethical aspects of the internet and the move towards ever-more connected objects and devices. Per Strömbäck, editor of Netopia, says machines can and should be adjusted to fit the moral values of individuals and the wider society in which they operate.
The EU and industry today (6 April) agreed to take a closer look at how electronic identification tags could infringe citizens' privacy by establishing a set of tests to be carried out before the tags are put on the market.
Neelie Kroes, the Dutch commissioner in charge of the EU's Digital Agenda, said she has no specific plans to support the so-called 'Internet of Things', which aims to connect everyday objects such as books, fridges or cars to the information superhighway via tiny microchips.
The use of smart tags, with which people can pay road tolls and access office buildings, should receive a boost thanks to a recommendation to be issued by the European Commission today (12 May), EurActiv has learned. The objective is to promote RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) tags while protecting consumers' privacy and security.
The European Commission should clarify the application of existing data protection rules to Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technologies to avoid "big social dangers", European Data Protection Supervisor Peter Hustinx told EurActiv in an interview.
European ministers in charge of information technology gathered in southern France yesterday (6 October) to debate privacy and security challenges related to the transition to a 'Web of Things' whereby consumer goods were able to 'talk' to one another.