About: algorithms

Digital & Media 13-12-2021

Advertising is essential to the free web. But tracking isn’t.

It’s heartening to see that European lawmakers are preparing to vote on beefed-up restrictions on tracking ads. In fact I wish they were willing to go even further and consider an outright ban - because as recent events and headlines have unambiguously shown, tracking is doing enormous damage to individual rights and to the integrity of democratic institutions.
Digital & Media 04-11-2021

Regulating Facebook’s Algorithms – Not an Easy Task

The point is not that lawmakers can’t regulate amplification. It’s that doing so while avoiding unintended consequences is hard.
Digital & Media 02-11-2021

Whistleblowers are showing the world why Facebook is toxic. The European Union has a chance to fix it.

Policymakers across the world are alarmed by the algorithmic harms revealed by Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen -- but only the EU has an immediate opportunity to enact legislation that would meaningfully address them, several authors write. 
Data protection 05-10-2021

MEPs demand strict rules over AI applications in criminal matters

Ahead of the artificial intelligence regulation, MEPs insisted that its use by law enforcement authorities and in the judiciary be subject to tight controls in Strasbourg on Monday (October 4).
Digital & Media 17-09-2021

MEPs push to shape working conditions of the gig economy

The European Parliament adopted by an overwhelming majority a resolution on social protection for platform workers, anticipating key parts of an upcoming EU legislative proposal expected to come out before the end of the year.
Digital & Media 07-07-2021

YouTube’s algorithm fuelling harmful content, study says

A crowdsourced investigation has accused YouTube’s recommendation algorithms of fuelling harmful content. France and Germany were found to be particularly affected, along with other non-English speaking countries.
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.
Digital & 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.
Cybersecurity 28-04-2021

EU adopts law giving tech giants one hour to remove terrorist content

The European Parliament on Wednesday (28 April) formally adopted without a vote controversial legislation which forces online platforms to remove terrorist content within an hour of it being flagged.
Data protection 30-04-2018

A European vision for human-centred digital platform ecosystems

Europe must continue to establish itself as the global regulator of digital technology serving Europeans and respond to growing pressure from online platforms, write Mariya Gabriel and Mounir Mahjoubi.
Digital & Media 27-01-2017

Chinese messaging app WeChat courts European business for ad sales and e-commerce

Messaging and e-commerce app WeChat is courting European businesses to advertise and sell to its more than 700 million users in China.
Digital & Media 24-11-2016

Parliament votes to expand EU units that debunk online propaganda

A fledgling group of 11 diplomats that find and debunk Russian propaganda could be given a bigger staff and deeper pockets, if the European Parliament has its way.
Digital & Media 08-11-2016

Commission to open probe into tech companies’ algorithms next year

The European Commission is considering actions to make internet firms share details about the algorithms they use to present information like news or user posts.
Digital & Media 26-10-2016

Who sets the agenda on algorithmic accountability?

A discussion on algorithmic accountability and transparency is missing from Europe’s digital economy framework. Citizens need assurances that machines are treating them fairly, writes Liisa Jaakonsaari.