Digital & Media

23-07-2021

Telekom Srbija: Vucic’s weapon to stifle media freedom

Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić bases his power largely on media influence. In this respect, state-owned cable and broadband provider Telekom Srbija is used as a political weapon, writes Darko Čačić.
Data protection 21-07-2021

The Brief – Big brother is watching you (again)

The Pegasus Project's revelations remind us that journalists, officials and activists all over the world are still closely being watched by national and foreign intelligence services.
19-07-2021

How to make Digital Services Act future-proof?

It’s time to set a clear, fair and universal base law for the internet, writes Dita Charanzová. Balance is key, or we risk harming our economy. Fixing an issue for one sector in the DSA may tilt the playing field for everyone else. We need a horizontal framework, she argues.
Enlargement 08-07-2021

Game on for the Premier League in Serbia?

Luring them with football, Serbia’s leadership want to lock Balkan audiences into their favoured TV channels carrying anti-western narratives, which correspond with the country’s growing ties to the likes of China, Russia and Hungary, writes Marko Milosavljevič.
Data protection 07-07-2021

New European laws must protect children’s data

As education becomes increasingly reliant on technology, the need for regulation and oversight of the EdTech industry becomes more urgent and Europe should lead in the efforts to protect children’s data and futures, write Velislava Hillman, Ioanna Noula, and Ben Wagner.
30-06-2021

The Brief, powered by ESA – Plugging Italy’s digital shortfall

When the pandemic forced most people to work from home, Italy suddenly found itself facing a conundrum: the employed struggled to adjust to remote work, whereas an epidemic of youth unemployment meant that those who had digital skills mostly did not have a job.
28-06-2021

DMA: We need to talk about breaking up all-too powerful firms

With great concern, we have been observing the rising power of digital platforms such as Google, Facebook or Amazon. These platforms control central areas of the digital economy and use their market power to their own advantage, write Ulrich Müller and Max Bank.
21-06-2021

Don’t throw out the Digital Services Act’s key accountability tools

The Digital Services Act’s provisions on risk assessment and audit must stay and be improved if we are to hold tech companies accountable for harmful business models and rights violations, write Nienke Palstra, Emma Ruby-Sachs, Claudia Prettner, and Jesse Lehrich.
Promoted content
21-06-2021

How connectivity can help bridge the digital trust gap

Digital transformation is having a profound and irreversible impact on our lives, societies and economies at large. Through very high capacity networks, Gigabit connectivity, 5G and emerging data-driven technologies – like AI and IoT – play a crucial part in...
Data protection 18-06-2021

How Europol’s reform enables ‘NSA-style’ surveillance operations

“More than 100 million”. That’s the number of encrypted messages that French and Dutch law enforcement announced they had collected after infiltrating Encrochat in 2020, a company selling encrypted communication services and devices.
09-06-2021

Europe needs ambitious roaming

EU lawmakers must stay ambitious about roaming, and that means keeping caps as low as possible, writes Miapetra Kumpula-Natri.
Economy & Jobs 07-06-2021

The Brief – Wifi by the sea

Sitting on the beach with an overpriced cocktail in the Montenegrin resort town of Budva while furiously typing away stories on EU affairs would sound like a dream if it was not preceded by a desperate tour-de-ville looking for a stable wireless connection.
Stakeholder Opinion
5G 04-06-2021

Trust Matters

In recent months, the world has faced an exceptional challenge, uncertainty and complexity. A pandemic swept the globe, and affected almost every area of our lives. Our personal freedom has been radically altered. The way in which the economy operates...
03-06-2021

How can Europe become a global digital champion?

The global digital race is on and the EU is on the list of participants. Do we dare bet on winning? Three European lawmakers explain how Europe should proceed.
Promoted content
02-06-2021

Learning the lesson to build Europe’s cyber resilience

Europe needs to secure its critical infrastructures from repeated and sophisticated attacks. With its expanded scope, the NIS2 Directive is an important step towards a united and harmonized European response, writes Chris Gow.
Special ReportPromoted content
25-05-2021

Capturing Europe’s Connectivity Momentum

With the Digital Compass targets, the EU sets a clear course towards achieving its digital sovereignty ambition by 2030. Concrete targets on connectivity, digital skills, public services and transformation of businesses aim to enable Europe to play a leadership role...
Global Europe 25-05-2021

Trouble for Facebook and major challenge for Europe

The 14 May rejection by the Irish High Court of an appeal by Facebook against the proposals by the Irish Data Protection Commissioner (IDPC) spells trouble for Facebook and poses real challenges for the EU, writes Dick Roche.
19-05-2021

The Brief, powered by GIGAEurope – Slapping down democracy

A series of alarm bells about media, journalism, and democracy have been set off across Europe recently, for those who wanted to listen.
14-05-2021

The Duopoly – How platforms are killing the press

From the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the media have been accused of creating a false image of the situation and fuelling the negative mood in our society. The word “media” has been used to paint all with the same brush, the criticism is aimed at everyone, and the guilt is collective, writes Libuše Šmuclerová.
13-05-2021

Education can empower the future of Europe

Establishing a European Education Area will enable Europe to lead the green and digital transformations, write Mariya Gabriel and Victor Negrescu.
12-05-2021

Media freedom in the Western Balkans is a geopolitical issue

The decline in media freedom in the Balkans is eroding the European values of democracy and rule of law and creating a climate ripe for disinformation that is cultivating anti-EU and anti-western sentiment across the region, writes Peter Horrocks.

Industry must align with the climate neutrality objective

The European Commission's updated industrial strategy continues to set out more and more tools to provide larger and larger sums of money to industry for a vague green and digital transition, but with no framing on how to get there, writes Wendel Trio.
Special ReportPromoted content
10-05-2021

Why the impasse on data flows threatens Europe’s digital recovery

Most people’s image of world trade will be a huge container ship similar to the one that was recently stuck in the Suez canal, full of cars, clothes and other goods. However, the modern global economy increasingly runs on huge...
Promoted content
10-05-2021

Citizen engagement key to a digital, green Future of Europe

This week sees the official launch of the Conference on the Future of Europe, and its democratic centrepiece is a digital platform gathering ideas. There are high hopes for the platform as the EU seeks to mobilise citizen involvement in shaping policies and ambitions.