Digital

Cybersecurity 19-04-2019

Huawei redoubles efforts to rebuild trust as it enters critical period 

Chinese telecom giant Huawei praised Europe’s handling of data and cybersecurity as it seeks to partner with the EU to set global standards to dispel concerns about espionage.
18-04-2019

MEPs back plans to quell online terrorist content, but one-hour timeframe is criticised

The European Parliament has backed plans to force online hosting services to remove terrorist content within one hour of reporting, in a move aimed at quelling the spread of extremist propaganda online. However, there was no shortage of those in the industry criticising the timeframe.
#Media4EU 18-04-2019

Flagship study exposes decline of press freedom in Europe

Reporters Without Borders published their flagship annual ‘World Press Freedom Index’ on Thursday (18 April), revealing that worldwide, authoritarian regimes continue to tighten their grip on the media, while in Europe, decline of press freedom goes hand in hand with...
5G 18-04-2019

Commission ‘assessing complaints’ against Nokia connected car patents, as MEPs back WiFi plans

The European Commission has revealed that is it looking into antitrust complaints levelled against the Finnish telecommunications giant Nokia, for the company's alleged refusal to license mobile components that could be used in next-generation connected cars.
Cybersecurity 17-04-2019

Huawei CEO: EU doing a ‘great job’ in cybersecurity

Amid growing pressure from the US on European governments to reject Chinese tech firms, Huawei’s rotating CEO Ken Hu said on Tuesday (16 April) that the EU was doing “a great job” on cybersecurity.
Politics 17-04-2019

European Parliament backs rules to protect whistleblowers

The European Parliament on Tuesday (17 April) overwhelmingly voted for rules aimed at protecting whistleblowers from reprisals following corporate scandals such as Dieselgate and Cambridge Analytica.
5G 16-04-2019

Belgian cybersecurity agency finds no threat from Huawei, as US increase pressure

Belgium’s centre for cybersecurity has found no evidence that telecoms equipment supplied by Huawei Technology could be used for spying. The news comes as US authorities renew their campaign in Europe against the Chinese telecoms giant. 
5G 16-04-2019

German bosses urge government to stop EU proposal on connected cars

The bosses of BMW and Deutsche Telekom have urged the German government to take action to block a European Commission proposal that would set a Wi-Fi-based standard for connected cars.
copyright 15-04-2019

Censorship fears linger as copyright directive overcomes final hurdle

A "censorship of the internet" could be in store as a direct result of the EU's new rules on Copyright protection, a Polish government minister said on Monday (15 April), as EU member states approved the controversial plans after more than two years.
5G 15-04-2019

Commission warns of connected cars delay if draft EU rules are rejected

Plans to get connected cars on Europe's roads could face a setback of "two or three years" should the Delegated Act on Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) be rejected by MEPs this week, Commission officials have said.
Global Europe 11-04-2019

US issue extradition request as Assange is arrested after seven-year asylum

The US justice department has issued an extradition request for the indictment of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, after he was arrested by British authorities on Thursday (11 April). The arrest followed a decision by the Ecuadorean embassy to revoke his seven-year asylum status.
Cybersecurity 11-04-2019

Huawei admit Chinese law obliges companies to work with government, under conditions

Chinese State Security Law forces companies based in the country to "provide assistance with work relating to State Security," a senior Huawei official in Brussels has said, in comments likely to heighten cybersecurity concerns about the Chinese tech giant.
Data protection 11-04-2019

Austria plans to force social media to identify users as bar to hate speech

Austria’s right-wing government plans to force large social and traditional media to verify their users’ identity so that individuals can be tracked down if they post hate speech online anonymously, it said on Wednesday. The measure, part of a bill...
10-04-2019

EU Parliament failed to address sexual harassment, says outgoing Pirate Party star

Last week, Julia Reda of the Germany Pirate Party and most known critic of the controversial EU copyright directive, left politics altogether. The reason: allegations of sexual harassment against her former colleague and current candidate of the Pirate party for the 2019 EU elections. In an interview with EURACTIV Germany, Reda spoke of sexual harassment in the EU Parliament and the implementation of the copyright reform.
10-04-2019

‘Five Star’ guru bets on blockchain to fix party’s e-voting platform

Blockchain technologies could help to ensure transparency on the controversial voting platform where Five Star Movement's activists make decisions, said the software owner's Davide Casaleggio in Brussels on Tuesday (9 April).
Economy & Jobs 09-04-2019

EU, China agree on joint statement as Beijing makes last-ditch concessions

EU leaders were set to sign a joint declaration with Chinese leadership on Tuesday (9 April), after Beijing made last-minute concessions to bolster the rules-based international order and to tackle industrial subsidies, European officials told EURACTIV.com.
09-04-2019

EU’s Vestager says Europe must lead the way with a digital tax

Europe needs to decide on a digital tax and should lead the way if there is insufficient consensus globally, the EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager, said on Monday (8 April)
09-04-2019

EU lawmakers back one-hour deadline to remove online terrorist content

Lawmakers in the European Parliament's Justice Committee have backed measures to clamp down on the spread of online terrorist content, including an obligation for platforms to remove offending content within one hour of reporting or face fines of up to 4% of their global turnover.
Climate change 09-04-2019

Google meets Commission to discuss data access in energy markets

Google’s global chief for Energy Market Development will on Tuesday (9 April) meet with senior European Commission officials to stress the importance of data access in the digital transformation of the energy sector, as stricter EU rules entered into force last December.
08-04-2019

Artificial Intelligence presents ‘black swan’ ethical issues, Commission report says

A series of 'critical concerns' in the development of Artificial Intelligence may have future unforeseen "high-impact" ramifications, a European Commission-led project has suggested.

Russia responsible for massive satellite system spoofing, study finds

Targeted manipulation of global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) by Russia is a threat to aviation and maritime safety and underscores the country’s growing expertise in electronic warfare, a new study has found. The report by the US Center for Advanced Defense...
Cybersecurity 08-04-2019

EU tests cyber resilience ahead of May elections

EU institutions have put their cyber systems to the test in a bid to assess the efficiency of responses to attacks against critical network infrastructure ahead of European elections in May.
5G 05-04-2019

Bulc pleads with European Parliament: Support WiFi for connected car security

WiFi should be deployed in connected vehicles rather than 5G due to safety concerns that may result in an increase in the EU's 25,000 annual road deaths, a letter written by EU's Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc to the European Parliament states.
Data protection 05-04-2019

Force tech giants to share data rather than break them up: academics

EU antitrust regulators should consider forcing tech giants such as Google and Amazon to share their data with rivals rather than break them up, three academics enlisted by the European Commission said on Thursday (4 April).

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