Digital

Data protection 19-01-2018

Jourova: ‘Never say never’ to EU hate speech law

Tech giants should share the technology they develop to detect hate speech with smaller companies, EU Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova said in an interview.

Freedom of thought 19-01-2018

Commission backs away from regulating online platforms over hate speech

The European Commission is backing away from a plan to propose binding EU legislation that would force online platforms to remove posts containing hate speech.

Economy & Jobs 18-01-2018

Europe needs more money for research, here’s where to get it

The lack of funding needed to achieve Europe's widely advertised ambitions for global excellence in research and innovation should be addressed in discussing Horizon 2020’s successor. Understanding the challenge and where the money could realistically come from is key, writes Thomas Estermann.

Politics 18-01-2018

Watch out for the next crisis, gloomy Davos report tells leaders

Human development is "at risk” and the current economic recovery may be hiding the roots of the next big crisis, including persistent inequality, in particular between men and women’s salaries, the World Economic Forum (WEF) has warned in its annual Global Risks Report.

18-01-2018

Facebook widens probe into alleged Russian meddling in Brexit

Facebook Inc said on Wednesday (17 January) it would conduct a new, comprehensive search of its records for possible propaganda that Russian operatives may have spread during the run-up to Britain's 2016 referendum on EU membership.

Cybersecurity 17-01-2018

MEPs approve export controls tailored to stop government surveillance

MEPs approved stricter rules on Wednesday (17 January) to control how European companies export technologies including software that could be used for surveillance, and any products that may violate human rights.

Languages & Culture 17-01-2018

Reding: ‘Endangered languages could be saved by the internet’

Internet platforms have helped the internet to become more multilingual, and especially less widely spoken languages like Luxembourgish, Viviane Reding told EURACTIV.com in an interview.

16-01-2018

Domain names on a multilingual internet

More than half of the content on the internet is in English. Some online platforms like Facebook and Google Translate have increased their offers in other languages, and are now available in more than 100 languages.

Languages & Culture 16-01-2018

EU urged to help expand internet domain names in different languages

Researchers and officials working on internet governance have urged EU institutions to help expand the use of internationalised domain names, which contain letters from alphabets including Cyrillic or Greek, or accented letters like in the word “café”.

12-01-2018

EU scrambles to finish digital single market in 2018

The European Commission has set a tough goal for 2018 of wrapping up legal negotiations on all 25 of the digital single market proposals that it announced since 2015. It will be an uphill battle: there are 13 files still open and fights are simmering over several contentious issues.

11-01-2018

Commission vows €1 billion to keep up with China & US in supercomputer race

The European Commission announced on Thursday (11 January) that it will invest €1 billion into developing very fast high performance computers by 2020, in a bid to keep up with research in the United States and China.

Freedom of thought 09-01-2018

Five Commissioners team up to threaten internet platforms with EU legislation

Five EU Commissioners all wanted a piece of the action on Tuesday (9 January) at a meeting with CEOs from some of the biggest internet platforms.