Samuel Stolton

Digital 01-04-2020

MEP: Public has a ‘right to know’ about Commission’s lie detector tech

The European Commission is being urged to publish reports on the trials of an Artificial Intelligence lie detector technology, iBorderCTRL, which has been bankrolled by the EU's long-term research and development funding mechanism, Horizon 2020.
Digital 31-03-2020

Huawei: Chinese government would not let us get ‘slaughtered’ by US

A top official of the telecommunications giant Huawei has said that Beijing may consider counter-measures should the United States choose to impose further restrictions on exports of American equipment to be used by the Chinese firm.
Global Europe 30-03-2020

Orbán to rule by decree with new powers to ‘silence critics’

The Hungarian Parliament approved new emergency powers on Monday (30 March) that will allow the ruling Fidesz party the right to rule by decree, without a set time limit, in a move that prompted an outcry from human rights groups.
Digital 26-03-2020

Digital Brief: Data for the Common Good?

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “The Commission should clearly define the dataset it wants to obtain…” – European Data Protection Supervisor, Wojciech Wiewiórowski, 25...
Digital 26-03-2020

Huawei to ‘scale down’ supply of COVID-19 masks, after Borrell comments

Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei will halt its European mask donation programme for fear of becoming embroiled in a wider geopolitical powerplay, following comments from the EU's Foreign Chief Josep Borrell that a ‘politics of generosity’ is being played out, as well as a 'global battle of narratives'. 
Data protection 26-03-2020

EU’s Breton defends COVID-19 telecoms data acquisition plans

The European Commission's Internal Market chief Thierry Breton has defended plans to obtain mobile data from EU telecom firms during the coronavirus outbreak, saying the acquisition of certain datasets allows for a clearer reading of "the impact of the confinement measures taken by member states."
Global Europe 25-03-2020

Commission charts end to execution and torture in human rights plans  

The European Commission is calling on member states to work together on the world stage to put an end to capital punishment and torture.
Digital 25-03-2020

Commission touts importance of ‘data for common good’ amid COVID-19 privacy concerns

The European Commission will task EU governments with establishing structures that facilitate the use of data for the 'common good' before the end of the year. The executive is hoping that the response to the Coronavirus crisis can demonstrate the power of data analytics.
Digital 24-03-2020

Commission hits out at online COVID-19 scams

The European Commission has rebuked online platforms including Facebook, Google, Amazon, Alibaba and eBay for the alleged "proliferation of deceptive marketing techniques" that exploit consumers' fear of Coronavirus for economic gain.
Digital 20-03-2020

Netflix to scale down European network traffic after EU pressure

The online streaming giant Netflix has pledged to lower the quality of its videos in a bid to reduce traffic on European networks by 25%. The aim is to preserve the smooth operation of the internet amid an increase in usage during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
Digital 19-03-2020

European Parliament to roll out ‘distance voting’ technology for MEPs

Administrative staff at European Parliament have been tasked with developing technology that will "facilitate the remote participation" of MEPs during the prolonged period of remote working brought on as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, documents seen by EURACTIV reveal.
Digital 19-03-2020

Digital Brief: A Brave, New and Sick World

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “Europe and the whole world are facing an unprecedented situation.” – EU Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton, 18 March...
Digital 19-03-2020

Employers accused of abusing EU data privacy rules to hinder trade unions

The EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is being misused by employers across Europe as trade unions are denied access to information required to recruit and organise workers, a new study has found.
Digital 19-03-2020

Commission: Internet ‘under strain’ amid COVID-19 overuse

The EU's internet infrastructure is 'under strain' and a series of measures should be implemented by online streaming platforms as a means to mitigate the higher demand for bandwidth amid the current coronavirus quarantine period, the European Commission said on Wednesday evening (18 March).
Digital 19-03-2020

EU industry touts 3D printing as ‘immediate solution’ to COVID-19 shortages

The EU's additive manufacturing sector is rallying the potential benefits of 3D printing technologies for aiding in the shortage of vital health equipment needed for treating coronavirus patients across Europe.
Digital 18-03-2020

Anti-crisis hackers join forces to find COVID-19 solutions

An international community of hackers have embarked on a project to find innovative solutions to the everyday challenges brought on by the Coronavirus outbreak.
Digital 17-03-2020

EU auditors probe bloc’s disinformation fight amid COVID-19 concerns

The European Court of Auditors (ECA) has launched a probe into the resilience of the bloc's attempts to stifle fake news that can 'cause public harm,' the institution announced on Tuesday (17 March).
Coronavirus 17-03-2020

COVID-19 isolation could create ‘fertile ground for domestic violence’

On the day that France's President Emmanuel Macron announced sweeping plans to go into a 15-day period of enforced lockdown from Tuesday, concerns also arose as to the potential increase in cases of gender-based domestic violence, following a previous surge in China under similar conditions.
Digital 16-03-2020

Photonics, the ‘Green Deal’ technology

Photonics have been defined as a vital technology in Europe's future digital transformation as well as helping the bloc achieve broader sustainability goals and strategic autonomy. However, there remains a deficit in public awareness on the technology. EURACTIV caught up with DG Connect's Lucilla Sioli to find out what photonics can do for Europe's digital sector and beyond.
Digital 12-03-2020

Digital Brief: A right to repair

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “Many products break down too easily, cannot be reused, repaired or recycled, or are made for single use only.”...
Digital 12-03-2020

US industry hits out at UK digital services tax

Representatives from the US tech industry on Wednesday (11 March) hit out at the UK's plans to introduce a digital services tax from the beginning of April, following a period of uncertainty as to whether the UK would continue with the measures amid attempts to contract a US trade deal.
Digital 11-03-2020

Europe’s resilience in the global photonics marketplace

Europe's well-established intellectual and scientific history in developing optical technologies has brought the continent to its current position as the second-highest global manufacturer of photonics equipment. With rapid development over recent years, the technology could help the EU to attain its political goal of technological sovereignty.
Digital 11-03-2020

Commission resists competition reform plans until 2021

The European Commission will not look into the possibility of revising the bloc's competition rules until at least 2021, despite recent pressure from a group of EU member states.
Digital 10-03-2020

The world’s first augmented reality surgical operation

For Giovanni Badiali, it is a day like any other. Adorned in the standard surgical attire, he enters the operating room and prepares his medial implements with the patient lying flat before him.

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