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Digital 10-07-2020

Commission expert group warns against ‘killer acquisitions’ in platform economy

The EU should consider imposing 'new obligations' on major platforms to report their merger and acquisition activities to the European Commission in order to avoid a culture of 'killer acquisitions,' a report produced for the EU executive has said.
Digital 08-07-2020

Slovenian PM calls for mandatory coronavirus app, against Commission advice

Coronavirus contact tracing applications should be made mandatory as a means of helping the European Union transition out of the public health crisis and open up its borders, Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Janša said on Wednesday (8 July).
Digital 30-06-2020

Vestager warns against predictive policing in Artificial Intelligence

Certain Artificial Intelligence application including forms of predictive policing are 'not acceptable' in the EU, the European Commission's Vice-President for Digital policy, Margarethe Vestager has said.
Digital 29-06-2020

Artificial Intelligence: The time for ethics is over

Organising ethical debates has long been an efficient way for industry to delay and avoid hard regulation. Europe now needs strong, enforceable rights for its citizens, writes  Green MEP Alexandra Geese.
Digital 23-06-2020

Platforms clamp down on hate speech in run up to Digital Services Act 

The European Commission has applauded efforts by some of the world's largest tech platforms in stifling the spread of illegal content, in the last evaluation of the EU's code on countering illegal hate speech online before the Digital Services Act is presented later this year.
Digital 19-06-2020

Crowd monitoring facial recognition tech awarded Commission seal of excellence 

The European Commission has given its 'seal of excellence' to a technology that provides 'advanced video analytics, including real-time face recognition and crowd behaviour analysis,' to be used in the bloc's fight against another potential outbreak of the coronavirus.
Digital 16-06-2020

Stakeholders weigh in on EU’s future AI plans

A cross-section of stakeholders has responded to the EU's plans to build an ethical framework for the development and deployment of next-generation Artificial Intelligence technologies, highlighting concerns ranging from the use of biometric technology to the operation of Automated Decision Making (ADM) software.
Digital 11-06-2020

EU Commission pressed on controversial links to Palantir 

MEPs have urged the European Commission to provide more details on the EU's relationship with controversial US big data analytics firm Palantir, following a series of revelations detailing the involvement of the company in Europe.
Digital 10-06-2020

‘Time to tell the truth’ on Chinese disinformation, Jourova says

The European Commission has come out with an unambiguous message against China's efforts to spread disinformation related to the coronavirus outbreak in Europe. It is the first time the executive has publicly called out China for its role in spreading fake news.
Digital 09-06-2020

Connecting Europe’s forgotten regions

As part of a raft of commitments to be announced by the European Council today (9 June), EU member states will renew their commitment to bridging the gap across Europe's connectivity divides, as certain territories on the continent continue to be isolated from more developed parts of the bloc.
Digital 09-06-2020

Finnish telecom operators share new 5G spectrum, as Nokia boosts broadband business

Finnish telecom operators Telia, Elisa and Telenor-owned DNA all won frequencies at the country’s auction of new high-speed 5G mobile networks on Monday, the Ministry of Transport and Communications said.
Digital 09-06-2020

Commission urged not to backtrack on EU spyware rules

The European Commission has been urged not to soften its stance on EU rules that would outlaw the export of cyber surveillance tools to despotic regimes worldwide, amid ongoing negotiations between the European Council and the Parliament on the new measures. 
Data protection 08-06-2020

Commission kept no records on Davos meeting between von der Leyen and Palantir CEO

No detailed records exist concerning a January meeting between European  Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and the CEO of controversial US data analytics firm Palantir, the EU executive has said in response to a EURACTIV query.
Digital 08-06-2020

Ministers to chart Europe’s digital future with post-COVID19 commitments 

On Tuesday (9 June), EU member states are set to sign off on a series of broad commitments to transform the bloc's digital agenda, in the aftermath of Europe's battle with the coronavirus that has once again highlighted the vital importance of digital technology.
Digital 29-05-2020

Commission sets sights on digital-savvy citizens 

The European Commission has reiterated the importance of up-skilling adults and young people across the bloc, in order to make European workers more agile in the post-coronavirus digital economy. Speaking as part of an event hosted by Digital Europe on...
Global Europe 25-05-2020

International calls rise against China’s clampdown in Hong Kong

An international coalition of 208 parliamentarians and policymakers has come out in support of the pro-democracy front in Hong Kong, as activists hit back at Beijing's most recent bid to stifle liberal freedoms in the region.
Digital 15-05-2020

France to impose digital tax this year regardless of any new international levy

France will tax big digital businesses this year whether there is progress or not towards an international deal on a levy, its finance minister said on Thursday (13 May), adding such a tax had never been more legitimate or more necessary.
Digital 12-05-2020

MEPs chart path for a European approach to Artificial Intelligence

EU lawmakers debated the bloc's approach to regulating Artificial Intelligence technologies on Tuesday (12 May), in an effort to chart a path for how the EU will manage the onset of next-generation technologies.
Digital 05-05-2020

Commission mulls ‘innovative financial solutions’ to back EU media sector

The European Commission is mulling over plans to introduce 'new and innovative financial solutions' to support the sustainability of the EU's media sector amid the current health crisis.
Digital 30-04-2020

Croatian Presidency pushes for new Commission 5G and 6G action plan

The European Commission is under pressure to propose a revised Action Plan for 5G and 6G mobile telecommunications as a means to bolster the bloc's connectivity, according to a draft text from the Croatian Presidency of the EU seen by EURACTIV.
Digital 29-04-2020

Poland proposes ‘Netflix Tax’ amid calls for broader digital levy

Poland will introduce a 1.5% levy on the revenue of streaming platforms including Netflix and Amazon, its finance minister said on Wednesday (29 April). The proposal comes as calls mount for a broader taxation on the operation of digital giants in Europe as a means to mitigate the economic fallout from the coronavirus.
Digital 29-04-2020

Blind faith in technology diverts EU efforts to fight terrorism

If there is one thing the coronavirus crisis proved to us is that automated tools used by big social media companies completely fail to provide a suitable online space for the exchange of vital health-related information, write Chloé Berthélémy and Diego Naranjo of European Digital Rights (EDRi).
Digital 28-04-2020

Cell phone data shows abrupt shift in crowd patterns amid pandemic

The largest conglomerations of people worldwide at the start of this year could be observed at train and bus stations, airports, city squares and parks.
Digital 27-04-2020

Germany flips on smartphone contact tracing, backs Apple and Google

Germany changed course on Sunday (26 April) over which type of smartphone technology it wanted to use to trace coronavirus infections, backing an approach supported by Apple and Google along with a growing number of other European countries. Chancellery Minister...
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