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The practice of so-called 'shadow banning' is stifling freedom of expression online and may have to be addressed through regulatory measures, Hungary's Minister of Justice Judit Varga has said.
Digital 19-01-2021

Hungary raises concerns about ‘shadow banning’ of online speech

The practice of so-called 'shadow banning' is stifling freedom of expression online and may have to be addressed through regulatory measures, Hungary's Minister of Justice Judit Varga has said, accusing Facebook of inhibiting "Christian, conservative, right-wing opinions".
Digital 14-01-2021

After Trump, we must fight to rebuild the ruins of democracy

Even after US President Trump is gone, the underlying causes of division, mistrust, and frustration won't go away and Europe must future-proof itself against any risks to democracy – particularly in the online world, writes Věra Jourová.
he Chair of Parliament’s Internal Market Committee spoke to EURACTIV recently about the EU's Digital Services Act.
Digital 11-01-2021

MEP Cavazzini: Social media response to US riots raises new questions for EU tech rules

Members of the European Parliament have a renewed duty to address the thorny issue of regulating social media content, in the wake of last week’s Capitol Hill riots, the chair of Parliament’s Internal Market committee has said.
MEPs involved in penning initiative texts on the Commission's landmark Digital Services Act (DSA) have raised concerns at the role that social media played in the recent storming of the US Capitol in Washington, and say that regulation should double down on the spread of conspiratorial material online.
Digital 08-01-2021

Lawmakers call for tougher EU disinformation laws in wake of US riots

Lawmakers in the European Parliament have raised concerns at the role that social media played in the storming of the US Capitol in Washington, saying the EU's proposed Digital Services Act (DSA) should double down on the spread of conspiratorial material online.
Portugal's minister for economic affairs said on Thursday (7 January) that Portugal intends to take forward negotiations on the Digital Services Act and the Digital Markets Law during the Portuguese presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU).
Digital 07-01-2021

Portugal vies to push ahead with new EU digital regulation

Portugal's minister for economic affairs said on Thursday (7 January( that Portugal intends to take forward negotiations on the Digital Services Act and the Digital Markets Law during the Portuguese presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU).
Digital 28-12-2020

Bolstered by pandemic, tech titans face growing scrutiny

Accelerating the transition to an ever more digital existence, the coronavirus pandemic has tightened tech giants' grip on billions of customers' lives.
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Health 18-12-2020

Unlocking data and embracing digital technologies to transform citizens’ health and wellbeing

If the coronavirus pandemic and Europe-wide lockdowns taught us one thing, it is just how reliant we all are on digital technologies – including for our own health, and that data was in the right place at the right time...
Digital 18-12-2020

Digital Brief, powered by Google: DSA and DMA – member states respond

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    The Digital Markets Act and Digital Services Act: An EU member state review   “We need to make rules...
Online platforms giants will be forced to abide by a broad range of obligations as part of ambitious new plans laid out by the European Commission in its Digital Markets Act (DMA) and Digital Services Act (DSA) on Tuesday (15 December).
Digital 16-12-2020

Commission vies to ‘put order into chaos’ with new digital crackdown

Online platform giants will be forced to abide by a broad range of obligations as part of ambitious new plans laid out by the European Commission in its Digital Markets Act (DMA) and Digital Services Act (DSA) on Tuesday (15 December).
Digital 15-12-2020

Revealed: Commission ushers in new era of digital regulation

The European Commission will today (15 December) unveil a broad set of regulatory measures clamping down on global digital giants, as part of two landmark texts that will overhaul the operation of the platform economy in the EU.
From scam ads on Google and Facebook, the purchase of fake reviews on various platforms to chemicals surpassing legal limits in children’s toys sold on Wish, Amazon and eBay – the internet is rife with products, services and content which should never be offered in Europe, writes Ursula Pachl.
Digital 14-12-2020

What the Digital Services Act must do to protect online shoppers

From scam ads on Google and Facebook, the purchase of fake reviews on various platforms to chemicals surpassing legal limits in children’s toys sold on Wish, Amazon and eBay – the internet is rife with products, services and content which should never be offered in Europe, writes Ursula Pachl.
Tomorrow, the European Commission will publish its proposal to address excessive power in digital markets. Zeroing in on the digital sector makes little economic sense: new limits to Big Tech’s leverage will not give the European economy the dynamism it needs to foster technological development, writes Mario Mariniello.
Digital 14-12-2020

Brussels’ digital plan leaves the key issue unaddressed

Tomorrow, the European Commission will publish its proposal to address excessive power in digital markets. Zeroing in on the digital sector makes little economic sense: new limits to Big Tech’s leverage will not give the European economy the dynamism it needs to foster technological development.
The scope of online platforms that will come under new regulatory prohibitions as part of the Commission's forthcoming Digital Markets Act (DMA) will be narrowly targeted to a set of 'big operators,' the EU executive has revealed.
Digital 09-12-2020

Blacklist prohibitions to be ‘very limited’ to large platforms, Commission says

The scope of online platforms that will come under new regulatory prohibitions as part of the  European Commission's forthcoming Digital Markets Act (DMA) will be narrowly targeted to a set of 'big operators,' the EU executive has revealed.
Google has warned that features used across the firm's Maps services are at risk of being dropped in the EU, should the Commission introduce prohibitions against certain types of activity in the platform economy as part of the upcoming Digital Markets Act (DMA).
Digital 04-12-2020

Google’s last-ditch plea to Commission: Our EU services are at risk in Digital Markets Act

Google has warned that features used across the firm's Maps services are at risk of being dropped in the EU should the Commission introduce prohibitions against certain types of activity in the platform economy as part of the upcoming Digital Markets Act (DMA).
Digital 02-12-2020

Market investigation tool at risk in Commission’s digital clampdown

The European Commission's 'market investigation tool', expected to feature as part of the upcoming Digital Markets Act, will be scaled-down and its powers limited, after the EU executive's internal review panel raised concerns over its operation, two sources close to the matter have told EURACTIV.
Austria has laid out its stall for the forthcoming Digital Services Act, calling on the Commission to make online platforms more accountable for the hosting of illegal content, citing the country's Communication Platforms Act as an example for the EU to follow.
Digital 30-11-2020

Make Big Tech accountable, Austria says in Digital Services Act recommendations

Austria has called on the European Commission to make online platforms more accountable for the hosting of illegal content in a series of recommendations for the EU's Digital Services Act, citing the country's Communication Platforms Act as an example for the EU to follow.
The official, Gilles de Kerchove, made the argument ahead of the European Commission's presentation on December 9 of a proposed Digital Services Act that aims to rein in Big Tech excesses and internet hate speech.
Digital 27-11-2020

Video games are ‘under-regulated’: EU anti-terror czar

Online video games can be used to propagate extremist ideologies and even prepare attacks, the EU's anti-terrorist coordinator told AFP in an interview in which he urged more regulation.
The EU's Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton has disclosed details on the forthcoming criteria for the definition of so-called 'gatekeeper platforms' as part of the hotly-anticipated Digital Markets Act, set to be proposed by the EU executive in early December.
Digital 26-11-2020

Breton reveals details on gatekeeper criteria in Digital Markets Act

The EU's Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton has disclosed details on the forthcoming criteria for the definition of so-called 'gatekeeper platforms' as part of the hotly-anticipated Digital Markets Act, set to be proposed by the EU executive in early December.
The European Commission will introduce fines and sanctions for platforms that repeatedly violate new obligations on managing illegal content online as part of the forthcoming Digital Services Act, an EU executive official close to the matter has informed EURACTIV.
Digital 25-11-2020

The Digital Services Act could make or break European democracy

The upcoming EU digital services act marks a key moment for democracy across the bloc, writes Iverna McGowan.
Digital 24-11-2020

Time to act against fake news

Platforms committed in 2018 to a Code of Practice against disinformation, including changes to their algorithms based on ‘Trustworthiness indicators’. As the EU prepares a Digital Services Act and Action Plans on democracy and on media, clearer references are required, write Marc Sundermann, Christophe Leclercq and Paolo Cesarini.
The European Commission's Intellectual Property action plan will seek to promote the increased sharing of intellectual property-protected data, a draft of the strategy obtained by EURACTIV reveals.
Digital 23-11-2020

Commission charts increased data sharing in leaked IP strategy

The European Commission's Intellectual Property action plan will seek to promote the increased sharing of intellectual property-protected data, a draft of the strategy obtained by EURACTIV reveals.
EU ambassadors want the European Commission to adopt more stringent measures to tackle 'manipulative dissemination techniques' of disinformation across the bloc as part of the executive's upcoming Democracy Action Plan, according to documents obtained by EURACTIV.
Digital 20-11-2020

LEAK: EU ambassadors want disinformation crackdown in Democracy Action Plan

EU ambassadors want the European Commission to adopt more stringent measures to tackle 'manipulative dissemination techniques' of disinformation across the bloc as part of the executive's upcoming Democracy Action Plan, according to documents obtained by EURACTIV.
EU law enforcement authorities should make 'significant investments' into developing new screening technologies that could help to detect the malicious use of Deepfakes, a new report from the bloc's police agency Europol recommends.
Digital 20-11-2020

EU police recommend new online ‘screening tech’ to catch deepfakes

EU law enforcement authorities should make 'significant investments' into developing new screening technologies that could help to detect the malicious use of deepfakes, a new report from the bloc's police agency Europol recommends.
EU auditors have questioned the effectiveness of antitrust fines dished out by the European Commission, as part of a landmark audit of the EU executive's role as an enforcer of competition rules.
Digital 19-11-2020

Commission has never evaluated ‘deterrence effect’ of antitrust fines, auditors say

EU auditors have questioned the effectiveness of antitrust fines dished out by the European Commission, as part of a landmark audit of the EU executive's role as an enforcer of competition rules.
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