Digital

10-12-2018

An EU Copyright law for the 21st century film and TV industry

The EU Copyright Directive, which is currently being finalised by the Council and the European Parliament, must include a principle of fair and proportionate remuneration to be fit for the 21st century film and TV industry, writes Cécile Despringre.  
06-12-2018

Beyond fake news: Strategic options for media ahead of EU elections

The European Commission has just released a short-term action plan on disinformation. Remarkably, the sustainability of the media sector is hardly addressed, write a group of MEPs and media industry experts.
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04-12-2018

How to control better your online advertising data through EDAA’s Online Behavioural Advertising Icon

During its third Annual Summit, the European Interactive Digital Advertising Alliance (EDAA) unveiled its plans to increase transparency over online digital advertising and build greater consumer trust through its well-recognised Online Behavioural Advertisement Icon and online Consumer Choice Platform, visited each year by tens of millions of internet users.
03-12-2018

EU finance ministers need to deliver: Digital companies must pay tax

When European finance ministers meet on Tuesday (4 December), they should swiftly adopt the digital service tax, say Udo Bullmann and Paul Tang.
29-11-2018

The skewed debate on big tech and the quest for a transatlantic digital pact

‘Techlash’ might be the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year for 2018. The advent of the sharing economy, online apps and social media has improved the lives of millions of people globally. This is a fact. But the unintended consequences are daunting.

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27-11-2018

The EU is asking the impossible

The EU’s proposed Regulation to monitor terrorist content online has many implications, not least for fundamental human rights and freedoms including privacy. But it also asks Europe’s cloud infrastructure providers to do the impossible, writes Alban Schmutz.
Economy & Jobs 20-11-2018

Digital skills are essential to youth employment

Organising a videoconference, storing documents in the cloud, finding reliable information on the Internet or protecting your data... Digital skills have become essential in the labour market, especially for young people.
Data protection 26-10-2018

Fighting digital authoritarianism: three proposals on how to tackle online interference

Our democracies in Europe are under attack from all sides – and online manipulations through fake news are at the heart of this threat.

22-10-2018

Sparking a digital revolution against chronic disease

Last month, the Broadband Commission Working Group on Digital Health released a new report on how digital technologies can address the growing challenge of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and pave the way to universal health care coverage in low- and middle-income countries, write Ann Aerts and Harald Nusser.
#Media4EU 19-10-2018

Digital skills gap and disinformation: How public libraries can help

It’s a statistic we’ve heard time and time again in recent years: while 90% of future jobs will require digital skills, almost half (44%) of Europeans lack even the most basic digital skills, warns Ilona Kish.

 
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16-10-2018

Brexit – No Deal not an option: European industry leaders call for clarity and certainty

Time is of the essence, as business needs certainty, and in the worst-case scenario, ample time to adjust. Clarity should be provided by agreeing on a time-limited extension of the transition period. In particularly SMEs would get the time to adjust to the possible new post-Brexit realities, writes Uwe Combüchen.
15-10-2018

5G and IoT licensing: Are we better connected?

A vital first step to making a European success story of 5G and the ‘Internet of Things’ is to help businesses manufacturing connected products understand the wireless technology licensing environment. That is why a group of innovative European companies have published a detailed draft guidance to help inform them.
Cybersecurity 10-10-2018

Europe needs urgent cybersecurity action

Election interference. Fake news. Hyper-partisanship. Ransomware. Denial of service attacks. Cyber-terrorism. Welcome to Europe’s new normal, writes Philippe Cotelle.
05-10-2018

The EU can win the war on technology

There is a war on technology going on: China, the US and Russia are competing to be the leader in artificial intelligence, autonomous driving, machine learning, digital platforms, 5G, new materials, photonics, and quantum computing. But Europe is waking up, writes Fred Bakker.
Energy 28-09-2018

How building renovation and electrification of transport can help us reach the Paris goals

At first glance, buildings and transport may look like two unrelated subjects. But with the mass deployment of electric vehicles, managing the electricity consumption of cars when they recharge becomes critical to ensure grid stability, writes Harry Verhaar.
Data protection 28-09-2018

Electronic evidence: Cloud customers should remain in control of their digital assets

European businesses are rightfully concerned about keeping control of their data in the cloud. The proposed European regulation on access to electronic evidence by law enforcement (e-Evidence regulation) is an important step in the right direction, writes Kim Gagné.  
27-09-2018

Royalty stacking builds a big wall for small business IoT innovators

Last week it was Apple, next month it’s Google and last month it was Samsung. Each unveiling their latest smartphones to an expectant public. The latest features will be scrutinised. And, naturally, the prices to the consumer will be debated, writes Brian Scarpelli.

#Media4EU 24-09-2018

After the copyright win, what strategy for Europe’s media sector?

The European Parliament has just voted to back the copyright directive, as part of the ‘Digital Single Market’ priorities. Now, fighting fake news before the EU elections is not enough: we should prepare a vertical strategy for the media sector 2019-2024, writes Christophe Leclercq.
Climate change 24-09-2018

Europe should lead in greening digitalisation and AI

Greenhouse gas emissions linked to digitalisation are rapidly increasing, despite efforts by tech groups to get more of their energy from renewables. The negative environmental effects need to be addressed more clearly than today, argues Mats Engström.
18-09-2018

From transport to street lighting: The emergence of smart city platforms

Uber and Airbnb have shown how city services can be transformed by platform offerings. Developing the right platforms will be key for cities to ensure that their economies, environment, and services are fit for the future, writes Eric Woods.

17-09-2018

EC should not rush connected car proposals

DG MOVE has a very important decision to make this autumn. Under its own timetable, it is due to release fast-track proposals to define the technical solutions connected cars will be bound by for years to come.
11-09-2018

Legislating with blinkers: the EU’s copyright reform is up for the vote

Europe’s creative sector is without doubt very important to our economy. Over the past decades, it has grown, mainly due to what is arguably Europe’s (and the world’s) most valuable shared economic asset: the internet. Ursula Pachl explains.
10-09-2018

Europe’s tech industries are booming, but can it last?

The latest figures show that European technology industries are growing fast: turnover is up an impressive 5.0% in 2017, and 2018 is set to mark the fifth consecutive year of growth. Malte Lohan looks at the challenges ahead.
07-09-2018

Blood and soil: How hate speech is destroying political discourse

Anybody with an internet connection and a social media profile will have seen examples of hate speech against migrants and refugees in recent years. And we’re not talking about legitimate criticism of globalisation or Europe’s current migration policy – rather, dehumanising and violent language, calling for the sinking of refugee boats or the gassing of migrants.