Digital

27-04-2017

Taxi industry launches alliance to compete with Uber

MEPs and stakeholders yesterday (26 April) launched an organisation aiming to protect the rights of taxi drivers and improve competition against “social platforms” like US ride-hailing service Uber.

Economy & Jobs 26-04-2017

App economy jobs come under Commission scrutiny

The European Commission will change an EU law on employment contracts by the end of the year in a move to create standards for precarious jobs created by online apps like Uber and Deliveroo.

Economy & Jobs 26-04-2017

MEPs side with innovators on FinTech

Supporting innovation should be the driving force behind the EU response to the emerging field of financial technology, European lawmakers said in a draft resolution adopted yesterday (25 April).

26-04-2017

MEPs raise Netflix quota to 30% and sharpen rules on violent online posts

Netflix and other video-on-demand platforms could be required to include a minimum 30% of European content—more than the Commission's proposed 20% quota, if new broadcasting rules follow a report approved yesterday (25 April) by MEPs in the Culture Committee.

25-04-2017

Brazil unveils undersea cable link to Europe

Europe and Brazil will be linked by an undersea fibre optic cable by 2019. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said the link symbolises the ties between the two continents. EURACTIV Spain reports.

25-04-2017

MEPs want to lift online geoblocking for Spotify and ebooks

MEPs in the Internal Market Committee approved geoblocking rules that could open up access to music streaming sites and ebook sales across the EU, going beyond the European Commission's proposal and setting up a fight with industry groups.

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25-04-2017

Luukas Ilves on the Digital Priorities for the Estonian Presidency

It is clear, first of all, that we have a lot of work to do on the Digital Single Market legislative files.

Cybersecurity 25-04-2017

Macron campaign was target of cyber-attacks by spy-linked group

The campaign of Emmanuel Macron, the favorite to win France's presidential election, has been targeted by a cyber-espionage group linked by some experts to the Russian military intelligence agency GRU.

25-04-2017

Uber, France spar over whether company is a transport service

US ride-hailing app Uber told Europe's top court on Monday (24 April) that it was a digital service, not a transport service, and that a French law clearly targeted online taxi services, in its latest European legal battle with the taxi industry.

Cybersecurity 24-04-2017

Minister: Russia hacked Danish defence for two years

Russia has hacked the Danish defence and gained access to employees' emails in 2015 and 2016, NATO member Denmark's defence minister told newspaper Berlingske on Sunday (23 April).

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Agrifood 24-04-2017

Making precision farming mainstream

"Precision farming is a farm-management concept that should and must be available to all farmers who are committed to developing a sustainable and responsible agriculture sector” says Yara’s CEO, Svein Tore Holsether.

5G 20-04-2017

Network quality vital for Europe’s move to ‘Gigabit Society’

While capacity and speed will always be important, European companies need networks that are exceptionally reliable and adaptable to launch new technologies across Europe, writes Richard Swinford.

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14-04-2017

The SSIX project explained

We all like to express our opinions online about products, brands, and politicians. When public opinion sways, it can make or break a company or public figure.

Economy & Jobs 14-04-2017

Europe’s space sector needs support

Setting-up a Joint Technology Initiative in the space sector could enhance Europe’s space ambitions. They currently lag behind those of the other space powers, writes MEP Marian-Jean Marinescu.

13-04-2017

EU copyright directive means trouble for our startups

Startups in Europe can only be successful if they have solid rules in the online space. But in an attempt to limit the power of tech giants, the European Union risks hampering the next generation of European startups too, writes Lenard Koschwitz.

Data protection 13-04-2017

Romanian EU-funded project accused of data protection violations

The Romanian government has been accused of bias in its awarding of EU funding to the country’s intelligence services. The e-Governance project is also facing serious allegations that it violates European and domestic laws on personal data protection.

10-04-2017

Europe’s digital union is stuck in Brussels

A draft EU telecoms law could cause major economic growth and create jobs, but there is a high risk it could be diluted by the Brussels compromise machine, write Steven Tas and Lise Fuhr.

EU Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova
Data protection 06-04-2017

MEPs want Commission to toughen up Privacy Shield under Trump

The European Parliament wants the European Commission to 'Trump-proof' the Privacy Shield data sharing agreement between the EU and the United States after the new US administration threatened to roll back some privacy safeguards.

#Media4EU 06-04-2017

News agencies join forces for EU data journalism site

AFP, the French international news agency, is joining forces with Italy's ANSA and Germany's DPA to launch a new website offering data journalism on the European Union.

Cybersecurity 06-04-2017

Germany rolls out new cyber defence team

Germany's army was targeted 284,000 times by cyber attacks in the first three months of 2017. Yesterday (5 April), the Bundesrepublik's new cyber defence unit was officially put into action. But its offensive capabilities are already under scrutiny. EURACTIV Germany reports.

03-04-2017

Europe needs more successful data mining startups

The European Commission’s proposed reform on copyright is preventing young companies from using text and data mining technology with full legal certainty, warns Michal Sadowski and Michał Brzezicki.

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Digital Transformation in the Global Era: New Skills for Jobs and Growth
31-03-2017

Digital transformation in the global era: New skills for jobs and growth

As the pace of technology continues to advance, tech figures, app developers, education, industry and public policy leaders gathered in Brussels to find out how businesses can make the most of the mobile economy.

Economy & Jobs 31-03-2017

Media and entertainment businesses appeals to G7 for copyright protection

An association of media and entertainment businesses including the BBC Worldwide, Mediaset, Canal+, Bundesliga and UEFA, has made an appeal to G7 culture ministers to take decisive action against internet piracy, which they say represents a risk to their future growth.

Politics 29-03-2017

The Presidency debate: Europe’s security

Europe is facing many security challenges. The Maltese Presidency has made it a priority.