Digital & Media

05-05-2021

Facebook fears regulators’ competing demands for privacy, transparency

Facebook is in favour of more regulation but is concerned that platforms could be forced in "diametrically opposed directions" in terms of privacy and transparency requirements, Nick Clegg, the platform's vice president for global affairs, has said. EURACTIV France reports.
OpinionPromoted content
05-05-2021

Pinduoduo cements position as world’s fastest-growing consumer internet company with record 788.4 million buyers

Founded in 2015, Pinduoduo has taken less than six years to become China’s largest marketplace operator with 788.4M buyers.
05-05-2021

Greek reporter after death threats: journalism targeted by business-politics ties

Greek journalist Kostas Vaxevanis has recently denounced a death contract against him. Less than a month ago, another well-known investigative journalist was murdered in a mafia-styled execution in Athens. EURACTIV has interviewed Vaxevanis to find out about the deteriorating conditions of independent journalism in the country.
OpinionPromoted content
05-05-2021

The European way towards artificial intelligence

With China and the U.S. trying to assure their dominance in Artificial Intelligence (AI) development and deployment, the European Union is making its first steps to take the global lead in the governance of AI, grounding its approach on EU founding rights and values.
04-05-2021

One Free Press Coalition: ’10 most urgent’ list of May 2021

On May 3, 2021, the annual observance of World Press Freedom Day, the One Free Press Coalition launched the monthly list of “10 Most Urgent” press freedom cases around the world. This iteration focuses on journalists writing about human rights—an...
03-05-2021

In Serbia, fake news is spread by state-backed media

Two recent reports focusing on democracy and media freedom by the international NGOs Reporters Without Borders and Freedom House went almost unnoticed in Belgrade. On World Press Freedom Day (3 May), EURACTIV Bulgaria looked at their Serbian neighbour, an EU candidate since 2012.
03-05-2021

World Press Freedom Day: EU determined to do ‘more’, in Europe and abroad

On the occasion of 3 May – World Press Freedom Day – the EU stated it was ready to pioneer new approaches for upholding press freedom, to counter disinformation and seek means to support sustainable business models for independent media.
30-04-2021

French PM: government bodies must facilitate public data access

French Prime Minister Jean Castex reminded the government services on Tuesday (27 April) of the "strategic" importance of an "ambitious" public data policy and urged them to get "personally" involved in facilitating third-party access to their data. EURACTIV France reports.
Data protection 30-04-2021

EU-US in collision course on privacy

For seven decades the United States and Europe have been moving in different directions on the right to privacy, and these days a major clash on the issue is now very much in prospect, writes Dick Roche.
30-04-2021

EU countries, lawmakers reach deal to tackle online child sexual abuse

EU countries and EU lawmakers agreed late Thursday (29 April) to allow Facebook and Microsoft to scan and remove online child sexual abuse, potentially paving the way for a deal in the coming months on privacy rules targeting online platforms.
30-04-2021

EU explores chipmaker alliance in search of ‘strategic autonomy’

The European Union is considering creating a semiconductor alliance including STMicroelectronics, NXP, Infineon and ASML to cut dependence on foreign chipmakers amid a global supply chain crunch, four EU officials said.
Data protection 29-04-2021

LEAKED: Trialogue negotiations close to agreement on ePrivacy derogation, sources say

EU lawmakers are close to reaching a compromise on a controversial regulation aimed at combating child sexual abuse online, according to a leaked compromise document obtained by EURACTIV. The negotiating process is ‘possible to likely’ to end on Wednesday (29 April), sources involved in the talks between national governments and MEPs told this website.
Health 29-04-2021

Reynders warns of risks of disjointed COVID vaccine records

European Union countries introducing their own COVID vaccination certificates would have to grapple with a myriad of disjointed systems if the bloc fails to build a shared one, a senior official said on Wednesday (28 April).
Global Europe 29-04-2021

EU adopts stricter rules against online ‘terrorist content’

Online content deemed "terrorist" in nature can be ordered removed within an hour in the EU under stricter rules adopted on Wednesday (28 April) by the European Parliament.
Global Europe 29-04-2021

Blinken alarmed at Hungary press freedom, urges openness

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken voiced alarm Wednesday (28 April) at a deterioration of press freedom in Hungary and vowed to press Prime Minister Viktor Orbán to respect pluralism.

French government proposes more surveillance in new anti-terrorism bill

The French government presented its new anti-terrorism bill on Wednesday morning (28 April), a few days after a 36-year-old 'radicalised' Tunisian stabbed a police employee to death outside a police station in Rambouillet, southwest of Paris. EURACTIV France reports.
Economy & Jobs 28-04-2021

European Investment Fund to support digital education scheme

The European Investment Fund and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology said on Wednesday (28 April) they would collaborate on a project to improve access to digital education.
EU-Africa 28-04-2021

‘Terrorists’ kill three European journalists in Burkina Faso

Three European journalists – two Spanish and one Irish – have been killed in an attack on an anti-poaching patrol in Burkina Faso, officials said Tuesday (27 April).
Economy & Jobs 27-04-2021

EU aims to boost innovation in ailing cultural, creative sectors

The European Union has launched a new initiative aimed at fostering innovation in the bloc's ailing cultural and creative industries, which have been among the worst hit financially during the pandemic. 
27-04-2021

German business groups file complaint over Apple privacy settings

Germany's media, internet and advertising industries on Monday filed an antitrust complaint against Apple, alleging that new iPhone privacy settings represent a market abuse and a violation of competition law.
Economy & Jobs 27-04-2021

From coal and steel to carbon-free and digital: EU reaches turning point

Years from now, 2021 may be seen as the moment the European Union took a leap forward from its post-World War Two birth as a coal and steel bloc to a modern green and digital economy.

Von der Leyen calls for African green deal

The president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, on Friday called for the creation of an African Green Deal which, like the European Green Deal, would be the "centrepiece" for Africa's recovery.
23-04-2021

Digital Brief: AI package unveiled, European Media Freedom Act, democratic 5G

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here. You are also welcome to contact me for signals and follow me on Twitter.   “On Artificial Intelligence, trust is a...
Data protection 23-04-2021

France speeds up implementation of its ‘health pass’

Since 19 April,  PCR test results in France have been authenticated using a QR code and officially certified within the "Tous AntiCovid" application, which should also integrate vaccination certificates from 29 April.