Digital & Media

21-04-2021

EU launches AI blueprint in bid to become world leader

The European Commission has presented on Wednesday (21 April) a long-waiting ‘AI package’. The proposal is the first-ever attempt to regulate AI and has been developed as part of a broader ambition to make Europe a global leader in the field by being the first to set clear guidelines.
21-04-2021

Green MEPs urge Commission to ensure digital transition ‘does not hamper’ green one

EU lawmakers from the Greens/European Free Alliance group have called on the European Commission in an open letter to "ensure that the digital transition promotes and does not hamper the green transition", just before the Commission was due to present part of its green taxonomy proposal.
20-04-2021

Commission to propose a European Media Freedom Act, Breton says

In a speech delivered to the European Parliament's Committee on Culture and Education on Monday (19 April), the EU Commissioner for the Internal Market Thierry Breton raised for the first time a proposal for a European Media Freedom Act. 
20-04-2021

Associations urge Zuckerberg to scrap ‘Instagram for kids’ project

Several associations have called on Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to put an end to his plans, said to be devised in the name of child protection, to develop an app similar to Instagram but aimed at children under the age of 13. EURACTIV France reports.
20-04-2021

World Press Freedom Index 2021: EU getting more heterogeneous

Some European countries lead the world in respect for media freedom, yet the situation across the EU is growing increasingly heterogeneous, according to the 2021 World Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters Without Borders (RSF), to be released on Tuesday (20 April).
Future EU 19-04-2021

EU institutions launch online platform of Conference on the Future of Europe

Top EU officials launched on Monday (19 April) a multilingual digital platform of the Conference on the Future of Europe, a year-long democracy exercise meant to involve Europeans in shaping the future direction of the bloc.
16-04-2021

Digital Brief: The state of EU media, AI plans, digital green passports

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.  A short personal message from me, before we start. This is my last edition of the Digital Brief for EURACTIV,...
Romania's centrist government on Thursday (April 15) approved a United States-backed bill that effectively bars China and Huawei from taking part in development of its 5G network, a member of the IT&C and National Security Committee told Reuters.
5G 16-04-2021

Romania approves bill to bar China, Huawei from 5G networks

Romania's centrist government on Thursday (April 15) approved a United States-backed bill that effectively bars China and Huawei from taking part in development of its 5G network, a member of the IT&C and National Security Committee told Reuters.
On the occasion of EURACTIV's launch of its new 'Digital & Media' hub, Editor Samuel Stolton caught up with the Commission's Vice President for Values and Transparency, Věra Jourová, to discuss the wide range of issues currently impacting the European media landscape. 
16-04-2021

Jourová on the future for European media: Big Tech, Democracy, and Independence

On the occasion of EURACTIV's launch of its new 'Digital & Media' hub, Editor Samuel Stolton caught up with the Commission's Vice President for Values and Transparency, Věra Jourová, to discuss the wide range of issues currently impacting the European media landscape. 
Data protection 16-04-2021

Google backs EU plans to fight child sexual abuse

Google has said it backs the need for a derogation from the ePrivacy directive and supports the notion of creating a European centre that would cover law enforcement, prevention and victim support at the EU level.
Data protection 16-04-2021

France to decide whether to allow widespread retention of connection data

France's Council of State, the country's highest legal entity, is meeting on Friday (16 April) to finally decide whether to allow the widespread retention of connection data despite the Court of Justice in Luxembourg having already ruled against the practice several times. EURACTIV France reports.
Health 15-04-2021

Health experts call for the GDPR revision for cross-border health data sharing

Health experts are urging EU policymakers and legislators to review the EU’s legal data protection framework, the GDPR, which is hampering the sharing of pseudonymised health data outside the EU and the European Economic Area (EEA).
14-04-2021

EU Commission ‘concerned’ about PKN Orlen media takeover, Jourová says

Polish state-owned oil refiner PKN Orlen’s takeover of publisher Polska Press has raised concerns in the European Commission, its Vice-President Vera Jourová has told EURACTIV, adding to the concerns already raised by the opposition in Poland.
14-04-2021

German regulator acts to halt ‘illegal’ WhatsApp data collection

Germany’s lead data protection regulator for Facebook said on Tuesday (13 April) that it was taking action against the social network to prevent the collection of personal data from users of its WhatsApp messaging app.
Italy aims to spend almost 7 billion euros ($8.33 billion) in European recovery funds on ultra-fast networks, up 60% from a previous goal, as ministers lay out alternatives to a long-delayed single national broadband plan, sources told Reuters.
14-04-2021

Italy to spend 60% more of EU funds on better broadband, sources say

Italy aims to spend almost 7 billion euros ($8.33 billion) in European recovery funds on ultra-fast networks, up 60% from a previous goal, as ministers lay out alternatives to a long-delayed single national broadband plan, sources told Reuters.
The EU Commission will seek to outlaw Artificial Intelligence systems used for 'indiscriminate surveillance' operations as part of new prohibitions to be put forward next week.
14-04-2021

Commission to ban ‘indiscriminate surveillance’ in leaked AI plans

The European Commission will seek to outlaw Artificial Intelligence systems used for "indiscriminate surveillance" operations as part of new prohibitions to be put forward next week.
The digital platform to be launched on 19 April for EU citizens to participate in the Conference on the Future of Europe has been developed with the threat of disinformation in mind, the European Commission said on Tuesday (13 April). 
13-04-2021

Conference platform prepared against misinformation

The digital platform to be launched on 19 April for EU citizens to participate in the Conference on the Future of Europe has been developed with the threat of disinformation in mind, the European Commission said on Tuesday (13 April). 
Renew MEPs have submitted a request to the European Parliament's Civil Liberties Committee to hold off on adopting a motion on the UK's adequacy for EU personal data transfers until the EU's data protection watchdog has weighed in on the plans.   
Data protection 13-04-2021

MEPs seek extension on response to Commission’s UK data adequacy agreement

EU lawmakers from the Renew group have submitted a request to the European Parliament's Civil Liberties Committee to hold off on adopting a position on the UK's adequacy for EU personal data transfers until the EU's data protection watchdog has weighed in on the plans.
Telecoms giant Huawei is keen to work alongside European companies to help the bloc achieve ambitious new benchmarks for semiconductors by 2030, as the firm continues to face challenges resulting from US trade restrictions.
5G 12-04-2021

Huawei eyes opportunity posed by EU semiconductor goals

Telecoms giant Huawei is keen to work alongside European companies to help the bloc achieve ambitious new benchmarks for semiconductors by 2030, as the firm continues to face challenges resulting from US trade restrictions.
12-04-2021

French politicians turn to Twitch in hope of connecting with youth

French Prime Minister Jean Castex and former president François Hollande are among a number of French politicians to broadcast live interviews on Twitch in recent months, with the video streaming platform being seen as a way to reconnect with disaffected youth. EURACTIV France reports.
12-04-2021

Orban-friendly owner gets Hungary independent radio frequency

A Hungarian radio station critical of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán that was forced off the air in February said Sunday (11 April) its former frequency had been handed to a station owned by a government-friendly group.
09-04-2021

Greece shocked by cold-blooded assassination of journalist

A famous Greek journalist covering police-related issues was assassinated on Friday in a mafia-style cold-blooded execution in front of his house, causing shock in Greek society.  
09-04-2021

Digital Brief, powered by Facebook: The 533 million, TikTok data concerns, vaccine passports

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A new bill on the regulation and protection of access to cultural works in the digital age was presented to France's Council of Ministers yesterday (8 April).
09-04-2021

France in bid to ‘step up the fight against pirate sites’ with new super-regulator

A new bill on the regulation and protection of access to cultural works in the digital age was presented to France’s Council of Ministers yesterday (8 April). This text aims to “continue to adapt our law to new uses and...