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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 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...
Digital 17-04-2020

Vestager: It’s not a choice between fighting the virus and protecting privacy

The EU's digital chief Margrethe Vestager has sought to allay privacy fears over the use of certain mobile applications in the fight against the coronavirus, a day after the EU rolled out a series of recommendations for the use of such technologies.
Digital 16-04-2020

‘Major security and privacy issues’ in using location data for COVID-19 apps, Commission says  

The European Commission has warned against the processing and storage of location data in the use of mobile applications designed to trace the potential spread of the coronavirus across the bloc.
Digital 15-04-2020

Digital deferrals to stifle Commission work programme

In light of the disruptive impact of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the European Commission is assessing the need to delay a series of important actions, including in the field of digital affairs, a draft copy of the executive's working programme seen by EURACTIV reveals.
Digital 15-04-2020

Regulation against fake news ‘very important,’ Reynders says

The European Parliament and Council should work with the Commission to consider how best to implement a potential legal clampdown on fake news online, the EU's Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders has said.
Global Europe 08-04-2020

COVID-19 crisis triggers EU racism against Asians, rights agency says

There has been a spike in recorded cases of racist abuse against people perceived to be of Chinese or Asian descent in the European Union amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis, the European Union's Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) said in a report published on Wednesday (8 April).
Digital 31-03-2020

Huawei: Chinese government would not let us get ‘slaughtered’ by US

A top official of the telecommunications giant Huawei has said that Beijing may consider counter-measures should the United States choose to impose further restrictions on exports of American equipment to be used by the Chinese firm.
Digital 26-03-2020

Huawei to ‘scale down’ supply of COVID-19 masks, after Borrell comments

Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei will halt its European mask donation programme for fear of becoming embroiled in a wider geopolitical powerplay, following comments from the EU's Foreign Chief Josep Borrell that a ‘politics of generosity’ is being played out, as well as a 'global battle of narratives'. 
Digital 19-03-2020

EU industry touts 3D printing as ‘immediate solution’ to COVID-19 shortages

The EU's additive manufacturing sector is rallying the potential benefits of 3D printing technologies for aiding in the shortage of vital health equipment needed for treating coronavirus patients across Europe.
Digital 04-03-2020

EU Rapid Alert System used amid coronavirus disinformation campaign

An EU instrument designed to monitor serious cases of disinformation has been triggered following a series of online campaigns surrounding the deadly coronavirus outbreak, the European Commission has confirmed.
Digital 03-03-2020

Media freedom and pluralism ‘key’ to Democracy Action Plan

The EU has launched a €5.1m package designed to promote media freedom and pluralism in Europe, the Commission announced on Monday. The announcement comes ahead of the presentation of the Commission's Democracy Action Plan, which will attempt to safeguard elections from malicious interference online.
Digital 12-02-2020

After Clearview AI scandal, Commission ‘in close contact’ with EU data authorities

The European Commission is in consultation with EU data protection authorities following the news that US technology firm Clearview AI has scraped more than three billion facial images from social media sites including YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, without obtaining the permission of users.
Digital 05-02-2020

Huawei taking coronavirus ‘precautions’ ahead of Barcelona MWC

Following the deadly coronavirus outbreak in China, telecommunications giant Huawei has put in place a series of 'precautions' and 'internal rules' for international travel ahead of the company's appearance at Barcelona's Mobile World Congress (MWC) at the end of February.
Digital 03-01-2020

Digital in 2020: A geopolitical programme

Departing from a tumultuous 2019, in which several tech behemoths faced the ire of European regulators, the forthcoming twelve months in the digital arena will prove to be lively in terms of EU policy.
Digital 03-12-2019

Facebook renews calls for EU regulation in ‘fight for the soul of the internet’

An ideological 'fight' is tacking place worldwide between those who want to restrict open access to the internet and those who want to maintain a free and open web within necessary regulatory frameworks, Facebook's VP for Global Affairs, Nick Clegg, has said.
5G 05-11-2019

Huawei’s billion-euro pitch to Vestager

Chinese telecoms giant Huawei has released 2018 figures showing its presence in Europe provided a €12.8 billion stimulus to the EU's economy, backing the company's claim that it has become an essential element of Europe's digital ecosystem.
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