Digital

Languages & Culture 25-09-2020

Press association raps von der Leyen for ‘too much English’ communication

The French section of the Association of European Journalists has complained to Commission President Ursula von der Leyen that the EU executive uses the English language “out of proportion” in its official communication.

Bulgaria smells ‘hybrid operations’ under COVID-19 cover

The COVID-19 crisis has been used as a cover for hybrid operations in the EU, the Bulgarian Interior Ministry stated on Thursday (24 September). EURACTIV Bulgaria reports.
24-09-2020

Surveillance on the seas: Europe’s new Migration Pact

Instead of coming up with a meaningful plan, the EU’s new migration pact explicitly doubles down on containment and border security and opens the door to increasingly more draconian tools of surveillance using new technologies, write Petra Molnar and Kena-Jade Pinto, who recently travelled to the Moria refugee camp in Lesvos.
Economy & Jobs 24-09-2020

Chinese business wants less EU red tape

The Chinese business community in Europe would like to see less 'red tape' and regulatory barriers for its firms on the bloc, but is also open to the idea of offering further opportunities for EU business in China, says Zhou Lihong.
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23-09-2020

At CYBERSEC, European leaders to debate how to secure Europe’s Digital Decade

The 6th edition of the EUROPEAN CYBERSECURITY FORUM will be held on 28–30 September online. This year’s CYBERSEC leitmotif - “Together Against Adversarial Internet” and the mission of the forum enhance cooperation of like-minded countries to secure digital transformation.
TikTok has admitted that it will not retroactively transfer all EU personal data to its new data site in Ireland when the facility is completed next year, in a decision that could provoke concern among data protection activists in Europe.
Data protection 23-09-2020

TikTok unclear on how old EU data will be transferred to new Irish data centre

TikTok has admitted that it will not retroactively transfer all EU personal data to its new data site in Ireland when the facility is completed next year, in a decision that could provoke concern among data protection activists in Europe.
Global Europe 23-09-2020

Huawei’s supply chain has been ‘attacked’, says chairman

Huawei Technologies will do everything it can to strengthen its supply chain which has been “attacked”, its rotating Chairman Guo Ping said on Wednesday (23 September).
OpinionPromoted content
23-09-2020

Digital Healthcare: the new frontier

As the world took a huge leap forward in digital skills and trust in response to COVID-19, our next-generation broadband and mobile networks also stepped up to the plate to meet the challenge of unprecedentedly high demand.  The role of connectivity providers in underpinning the new frontier of healthcare is a significant one.
22-09-2020

MEPs raise concerns on EU plans for police facial recognition database

MEPs on the European Parliament's Civil Liberties Committee have questioned EU plans to establish a bloc-wide facial recognition database for use by police authorities, citing the potential abuse of data as well as the likelihood of false positives.
21-09-2020

US app maker Blix in letter to EU’s Vestager says Apple not playing fair

US app maker Blix on Monday (21 September) took its fight against Apple to Europe as it laid out its grievances against the iPhone maker to EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager, saying that Apple is not playing fair.
EU negotiators are closing in on new rules that would put an end to the sale of cyber-surveillance technologies to autocratic regimes worldwide, after the German Presidency of the EU adopted a position more amenable to Parliament counterparts.
21-09-2020

EU nears conclusion on cyber surveillance export controls

EU negotiators are closing in a deal on new rules that would end the sale of cyber-surveillance technologies to autocratic regimes worldwide.
The European Commission has admitted that there will be a delay on targets to launch 5G telecommunications networks across all EU member states by the end of 2020, owing to postponements in spectrum frequency auctions that have occurred as a result of the coronavirus crisis.
18-09-2020

Commission concedes delay in 5G deployment across EU

The European Commission has admitted that there will be a delay on targets to launch 5G telecommunications networks across all EU member states by the end of 2020, owing to postponements in spectrum frequency auctions that have occurred as a result of the coronavirus crisis.
The EU should not 'copy and paste' everyday racial discrimination and bias into algorithms in artificial intelligence, the EU's Vice-President for Values and Transparency Věra Jourová has said.
18-09-2020

EU must ‘proactively’ tackle AI discrimination, Jourová says

The EU should not 'copy and paste' everyday racial discrimination and bias into algorithms in artificial intelligence, the EU's Vice-President for Values and Transparency Věra Jourová has said.
18-09-2020

Digital Brief: State of the digital union, 5G in EU, Gaia-X

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “Europe must now lead the way on digital – or it will have to follow the way of others,...
18-09-2020

Revolution will be Telegrammed: social media channels drive Belarus protests

The protests in Belarus have been organised using Telegram, an encrypted social media app able to sidestep internet bans. With the biggest channels now followed by millions of subscribers, the few people managing them are wielding unprecedented, and largely unchecked, power.
Economy & Jobs 17-09-2020

LEAK: Commission plans new revolution for “open finance” in 2022

The European Commission wants financial firms and other companies to share more customer data to create a “broader open finance space" with new services for citizens, according to a draft of the Digital Finance Strategy seen by EURACTIV.
The EU's foreign affairs branch is monitoring disinformation tactics allegedly executed by the Russian state across communications platforms such as Telegram and media including RT and Sputnik, on the subject of the poisoning of Alexei Navalny and the continuing protests in Belarus.
17-09-2020

EU probes Russian disinformation efforts on Navalny and Belarus

The EU's foreign affairs branch is monitoring disinformation tactics allegedly used by the Russian state across communications platforms such as Telegram and media including RT and Sputnik on the poisoning of Alexei Navalny and the continuing protests in Belarus.
17-09-2020

New rules in Bulgaria’s parliament building: Journalists cry foul

Protests in Bulgaria asking for the resignation of Prime Minister Boyko Borissov and Prosecutor General Ivan Geshev have entered their third month. Against this background the Bulgarian parliament has become a fortress in which journalists are treated as the enemy. EURACTIV Bulgaria reports.
Energy 17-09-2020

Finnish industries launch ‘game-changing’ bid to go green, digital

A consortium of twelve Finnish corporations calling themselves the "game-changers" have announced a new billion-euro offensive to build new digital infrastructure, saying the digital transition will be key to achieve green objectives after the COVID-19 crisis.
European Commission President Ursula Von Der Leyen delivers her first state of the union speech at a plenary session of European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, 16 September 2020.
16-09-2020

Von der Leyen charts Europe’s ‘digital decade’, evades platform economy challenge

Commission President von der Leyen has laid out her vision for the development of digital policy in the EU, with an accelerated commitment to innovation in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic.
16-09-2020

New EU regulation on high performance computers expected in the coming days

The European Commission wants supercomputers on European soil, saying it is essential for technological sovereignty. The executive was supposed to announce its new regulation on High-Performance Computers (HPC) on Tuesday (15 September), but there is a delay of several days. EURACTIV Germany reports.
16-09-2020

Gaia-X group signs corporation papers in bid for EU digital sovereignty

The development of the EU's landmark cloud infrastructure project, Gaia-X, received a boost on Tuesday (15 September) as the contingent behind the project put pen to paper on documents marking the official founding of the organisation.
5G 15-09-2020

Macron slams anti-5G proponents as ‘Amish’, causing uproar in France

French President Emmanuel Macron defended 5G technology in his speech to a French startup gathering on Monday (14 September), providing a clear answer to a moratorium on the rollout of the super-fast broadband network wanted by leftist and green parties.
15-09-2020

Top EU court backs net neutrality rules in landmark Hungarian case

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has taken a stand in support of EU net neutrality rules in a case probing 'zero-tariff' deals, which give preferential treatment to the use of certain popular web applications, such as Spotify, Netflix and Facebook.
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