Innovation and the Digital Economy

Innovation and the Digital Economy

Innovation and the Digital Economy

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  • Internet guru: Digital self-organisation will spur growth

    Interview | Digital 08-12-2011

    Beneath the current gloomy economic perspective in Europe, there is underlying opportunity, says Internet guru Don Tapscott. But in order to unleash this, companies, individuals and governments must embrace the transforming power of digital innovation, he told EURACTIV.

  • Boston Group head: Bridge gap in internet economy with policy for growth

    Interview | Brexit 03-10-2011

    New data shows that Europe's most crisis-riven countries are suffering from a deficit of internet connectedness. There is no simple solution, but governments need to encourage better infrastructure and engagement, says David Dean, because without the web, growth will not come easily. 

  • Open letter to Digital Agenda Commissioner Neelie Kroes

    Opinion | Digital 20-05-2010

    The 'Digital Agenda' for the next five years published yesterday (19 May) by the European Commission does not go far enough in addressing key issues like copyright, cyber-security and broadband roll-out, writes Veni Markovski, president and chairman of the board at the Internet Society - Bulgaria, in an exclusive op-ed for EURACTIV, calling on the EU institutions to consider the example set by Bulgaria in delivering high-speed Internet. 

  • Overwhelming case for developing the Digital Single Market

    Opinion | Digital 19-04-2010

    "A Digital Single Market's economic impact would at least equal that created by the EU Internal Market for goods," writes the European Policy Centre (EPC) in an April paper.

  • What happened to technology’s little guy?

    Opinion | Digital 07-09-2011

    The revision of the Data Protection Directive is an opportunity to harmonise the European Union's data protection rules, allowing SMEs to take full advantage of cloud computing's potential to save both time and money, argues Remi Caron of the Association for Competitive Technology.

  • Raoul Wallenberg: Hungary recalls his humane acts

    Opinion 19-01-2012

    Within the turmoil of allegations over authoritarian and undemocratic practices, Hungary celebrates the centenary of the birth of Raoul Wallenberg, a Swedish diplomat who saved thousands of Hungarian Jews during World War II, writes Zsolt  Németh, Hungary's state secretary of Foreign Affairs.

  • Absence of European patent costs Europe

    Opinion | Innovation & Industry 23-02-2012

    While Germany, France and the UK argue over the seat of the main patent court, Europe is loosing €425,000 a day, writes Arnaldo Abruzzini from Eurochambres.

  • Why European SMEs need the digital single market

    Opinion | Innovation & Industry 23-04-2012

    The fragmented nature of the EU's digital single market is preventing many small businesses from reaping the benefits of the Internet and ICTs, write Ann Mettler and Sylwia St?pie?.

  • Chinese, European creative industries face similar challenges

    Opinion | Trade & Society 08-06-2012

    We are entering a new phase in which China's powerful manufacturing industry is being threatened by lower wages in neighbouring countries and will have to gain its vital competitive edge from culture-based creativity and innovation, argues Philippe Kern. Much like in Europe.

  • Online gambling: EU Institutions must de-couple funding and integrity

    Opinion | Digital 14-11-2011

    A European Parliament committee may be at odds with the European Commission over online gambling, but it is possible to forge a compromise to the benefit of consumers, argues Khalid Ali from European Sports Security Association.

  • Smartphone Armageddon: Patents undermine the tech industry

    Opinion | Industrial Policy 16-05-2013

    The EU's use of antitrust disciplines will deter some of the legal injunctions, but not solve the underlying problems – they offer no solution to the problem of how design patents, sometimes with disputable merits, can be used to block competitors’ products, writes Hosuk Lee-Makiyama.

  • What lawmaking can learn from Wikipedia

    News | Digital 06-09-2012

    The European Parliament is readying the publication of its software source code, a move that would open up the details of its lawmaking processes. Meanwhile a number of political activists are undertaking their own initiatives to make not only lawmaking processes, but also content more transparent.

  • EU, industry to invest €22 billion in research and innovation

    News | Trade & Society 11-07-2013

    The European Commission, member states and industry will invest more than €22 billion over the next seven years in innovation. The investment will primarily go to special sectors via five public-private partnerships called Joint Technology Initiatives (JTIs).

  • EU launches first industrial strategy for electronics

    News | Digital 24-05-2013

    The Commission has proposed a new industrial EU strategy for electronics, as the 27-country bloc is at risk of losing the capability to design and manufacture electronic components that are essential for the digital economy.

  • Telecoms accused of ambushing internet through rule change

    News | Digital 22-05-2012

    Telecommunications regulations, set for an overhaul later this year, could be expanded to give the mobile sector sweeping new powers over the internet, international leading players representing the web have claimed.

  • Commission and Google eager to avoid showdown

    News | Competition 22-05-2012

    Joaquín Almunia, the EU's Competition Commissioner, has laid down an ultimatum for US search giant Google to meet competition concerns as both sides signalled a desire to avoid a repeat of tech giant Microsoft’s mammoth legal dispute with the EU executive.

  • The Internet: A lifeboat for endangered languages?

    News | Languages & Culture 30-11-2011

    Although the English language continues to dominate the Internet, the rise of global economic powerhouses like China and Russia has seen a surge in what used to be considered second-tier languages, a Brussels conference heard last week. Meanwhile, the UN predicts that half of the world's 6,000 languages will become extinct by the end of the century.

  • EU-US data privacy storm blows cloud off course

    News | Digital 30-11-2011

    The EU is currently in talks with the US over its reluctance to allow sensitive data transfers across the Atlantic under the US Patriot Act, one of many obstacles to the wider adoption of cloud computing.

  • Internet firms warn about EU’s data privacy proposals

    News | Digital 05-12-2011

    The European Commission's intentions to force Internet social networks to seek consent from users every time they log on to websites will damage e-business and set Europe's digital innovation strategy back, says the largest consortium of on-line industry in Europe.

  • E-commerce proposal causes liability jitters

    News | Digital 12-01-2012

    Proposals to double the volume of e-commerce in Europe by 2015 – laid out in a communication published yesterday (11 January) – are set to cause a tussle over the liability of online traders.

  • EU court rules policing the Internet is illegal

    News | Digital 25-11-2011

    The European Court of Justice issued yesterday (24 November) a historic ruling establishing that member states cannot impose the filtering of the Internet for the purpose of preventing illegal downloads of copyrighted files.

  • Banks’ cloud take-up slowed by legal uncertainty

    News | Brexit 02-12-2011

    While financial services and banking firms are increasingly looking to cloud computing services to enhance their businesses, actual take-up is being hampered by legal uncertainties and conflict between the EU and the US over data privacy.

  • Digital giants endorse Horizon 2020

    News | Digital 09-12-2011

    The European commissioner for research and innovation, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, has publicly sought the support and advice of Internet rivals Microsoft and Google in her quest to carry through the EU executive’s ambitious €80-billion Horizon 2020 research programme.

  • The brave new world of digital innovation

    News | Digital 08-12-2011

    The digital world is undergoing a revolution in "self-organisation" – thanks to social media – that offers individuals, companies and governments opportunities to transform society in innovative ways, according to a leading Internet expert. It also threatens to unleash civil unrest on a scale never before witnessed, he warns, citing the Arab Spring.

  • Private copy: Barnier tries to crack the nut

    News | Digital 07-12-2011

    Talks between right-holders and makers of electronic goods will restart at the beginning of 2012 to try and find a solution to the sensitive issue of levies to compensate artists for the copying of their works.

  • EU, tech firms join forces to protect children on the Internet

    News | Digital 02-12-2011

    The European Commission joined forces with major technology firms including Apple, Facebook, Google and Microsoft yesterday (1 December) to improve the protection of children online.

  • EU showcases digital innovation in healthcare

    News | Digital 06-12-2011


    Digital technology is contributing to innovation in healthcare more than other sectors in Europe, but the EU remains cautious in its approach to international markets in the sector, delegates to the first European Innovation Convention heard yesterday (December 5).


  • Kroes: Interoperability at heart of Digital Agenda

    Interview | Digital 24-06-2010

    The European Commission plans to rewrite ICT industry rules to make sure dominant technologies, like devices with always-on connectivity, do not lock consumers into supporting monopolies and hamper innovation, Neelie Kroes, EU commissioner for the Digital Agenda, told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.

  • EU challenges US hegemony in global internet governance

    News | Digital 06-12-2013

    French lawmakers, supported by the EU's Digital Agenda Commissioner Neelie Kroes, are pressing the European Union to stand up more firmly against American domination in cyberspace.

  • European Court of Justice allows free use of hyperlinks

    News | Digital 17-02-2014

    The European Court of Justice has ruled in favour of the free use of hyperlinks to online articles but the issue of remuneration remains open.

  • Brussels probes publishers, Apple for price-fixing on eBooks

    News | Competition 07-12-2011

    The Commission yesterday (6 December) launched an investigation into potential price fixing between e-book publishers and Apple Inc, to examine whether rival publishers were blocked or consumers harmed.

  • Experts reject Google Tax, back VAT move against Amazon

    News | Digital 28-05-2014

    There should no specific tax regime for online companies, experts Wednesday (28 May) told the European Commission, dealing a blow to supporters of an EU-wide “Google Tax,” targeted at the digital sector.

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