Samuel Stolton

Cybersecurity 18-10-2019

Striking a balance: IT infrastructure and digital sovereignty

As the EU searches for the best path to balance cutting-edge technologies with its future ‘digital sovereignty’, EU policymakers must consider the potential advantages and risks of working with non-EU services providers in technology infrastructure, including 5G.
5G 17-10-2019

Amid continuing US pressure, Huawei looks for the ‘European way’

Huawei implored the EU to grasp their future 'digital sovereignty', as the company fielded questions from a cross-section of MEPs in Brussels on Wednesday evening (16 October). The hearing came as the US administration renewed its campaign against the Chinese company, claiming it poses a series of risks to the European market.
Digital 17-10-2019

Digital Brief: Franco-German Copyright Front

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “Some actors, such as Google, wish to free themselves from those rules.” – French President Emmanuel Macron, Wednesday 16...
Brexit 17-10-2019

DUP blocking Brexit deal, pound plummets on summit day

Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party announced Thursday it cannot support Boris Johnson's Brexit plan due to concerns over 'customs' and 'VAT' issues, in a major blow to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson just hours before he is due to appear in Brussels for last-ditch talks on a Brexit agreement.
Digital 10-10-2019

Digital Brief: The EU’s 5G balancing act

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “Unintentional and intentional backdoors will be easier to introduce and harder to detect.” – Julian King, Security Commissioner,...
Digital 09-10-2019

Vestager wins Parliament support after smooth-sailing hearing

Denmark's Margrethe Vestager obtained the seal of approval from European Parliamentarians on Tuesday evening (8 October), after a hearing in front of MEPs in which she rallied the importance of improving the EU's digital transformation as well as the bloc's green initiatives.
Digital 08-10-2019

2018 uprising leads to a ‘technological revolution’, Armenian PM says

Armenia's 2018 uprising has paved the way for a "technological revolution" in the country, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said on Monday (7 October), as the Black Sea Economic Cooperation group rallied around the use of technology for regional collaboration.
Digital 03-10-2019

Digital Brief: Commissioners On Trial

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “Concerning technologies of the future, such as artificial intelligence or 5G for example, the European Union can establish...
Digital 26-09-2019

Digital Brief: Copyright Commotion

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “Google’s decision is not just regrettable. It is disrespectful of the spirit of the European directive and the...
Digital 26-09-2019

Copyright directive ‘not in danger’ EU says, following Google backlash

The European Commission has assured those involved that the EU's controversial copyright directive is "not in danger," following Google's announcement that it will avoid renumerating content creators by implementing technical changes to the way it displays news online.
Brexit 24-09-2019

UK court rules Johnson’s closing of parliament ‘unlawful,’ in damning defeat for government

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson's proroguing of Parliament is 'unlawful, void and of no effect,' the country's Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday (24 September), in a decision that commentators said will have "huge constitutional consequences" for the future of the government.
Digital 24-09-2019

Google wins landmark ‘right to be forgotten’ case in blow for privacy advocates

Google has fended off a landmark legal challenge from the French data protection authority after the EU's top court ruled that the search engine giant does not have to apply 'right to be forgotten' rules globally.
5G 19-09-2019

Commission ‘remains committed’ to connected car plans, despite Council blocking

The European Commission's controversial bid to establish connectivity standards for next-generation vehicles, blocked by a group of member states just before the summer, remains an important area of the EU executive's working schedule, EURACTIV has learnt.
Digital 18-09-2019

Nanotechnologies are ‘the future’, EIT Digital chief says

The next global trend in the technology industry will involve digital miniaturisation and nanotechnologies, the head of the European Institute of Technology (EIT), Willem Jonker, has said.
Digital 12-09-2019

Digital Brief: Another Brexit data scandal?

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “This centralised harvesting of citizen’s data is very suspicious…” Tom Watson, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, Wednesday...
Data protection 12-09-2019

Altmaier’s cloud initiative and the pursuit of European digital sovereignty

In October, German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier is set to reveal more detailed plans for the establishment of a  landmark European Cloud initiative known as 'Gaia-X.'
Digital 12-09-2019

Europe must ‘prioritise investments’ in cloud, EU digital chief says

Europe's global standing in the cloud infrastructure market has long come under scrutiny for a lack of investment and presence compared with global players. EURACTIV has caught up with DG Connect's Roberto Viola to analyse the importance of the EU's data economy and examine how Europe can achieve a greater level of independence in its cloud services.
Data protection 12-09-2019

UK government accused of ‘harvesting citizen data’ ahead of Brexit

UK opposition parties have hit out at the government for an alleged harvesting of user data, surreptitiously obtained from individuals accessing the official Gov.uk website, ahead of the UK's scheduled withdrawal from the EU at the end of October.
Cybersecurity 11-09-2019

Europe needs ‘digital border controls,’ industry chief says

Europe should consider establishing a 'digital border control,' as a means of obstructing internet access to hostile actors in the event of a serious cyberattack, the head of Deutsche Telekom's cybersecurity division has told EURACTIV.
Digital 11-09-2019

Vestager the digital chief in name, but Goulard in practice

The EU's Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager received broad support on Tuesday (10 September) following her nomination as the Commission's Executive Vice President for Digital.
Cybersecurity 09-09-2019

The EU’s search for tough cybersecurity standards

Appearing before MEPs in the European Parliament's Industry Committee last week, the new head of the EU's cybersecurity agency said he hopes the EU's recently adopted cybersecurity framework will become the "the new global standard for trust."
Data protection 05-09-2019

Digital Brief: Big decisions

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “There are some big decisions to make.” US Ambassador to the EU, Gordon Sondland, speaking about Huawei,...
Data protection 05-09-2019

Google siphoning personal data to advertisers, new evidence suggests

Google is using a "surreptitious mechanism" to leak personal data to advertisers, according to new evidence presented to the Irish Data Protection Commission as part of an ongoing investigation.
5G 03-09-2019

US and Poland 5G agreement an ‘example for Europe’, Pence says

The US and Poland have signed a joint declaration to collaborate on 5G security in what US Vice President Mike Pence said would "set a vital example for the rest of Europe."

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