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Technology 20-08-2014

Driving growth through the mobile economy

The mobile economy has the potential to drive Europe's economic recovery but it needs industry and European institutions to work together, in order to streamline regulation, encourage market consolidation, deliver data protection reform and spectrum harmonisation, writes Tom Phillips.
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Technology 26-09-2013

The Digital Economy: Making It Happen

Don Tapscott, author of "Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything" talks about how Europe can implement a digital economy strategy.   Learn more at: http://www.lisboncouncil.net
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Data protection 25-09-2013

EURACTIV’s Interview with Jan Philipp Albrecht

After a tumultuous period of data snooping scandals and accusations of US spying in the EU, Jan Philipp Albrecht, one of the leading MEPs behind the EU's draft data protection regulation, tells EURACTIV that Parliament will finalise rules by the end of its mandate, because it cannot wait.
Technology 24-09-2013

e-Participation: Fashion or substance?

Online participation is regarded as the silver bullet to catch voters’ interest at the next European election. But will online tools shift the power to the people? Parties and civil society should work to get enough information 'out there', argues Giuseppe Porcaro.
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Future EU 20-09-2013

eParticipation in the EU – Engaging Citizens in Policy Issues

eParticipation showcases how Web-based eParticipation initiatives, such as Puzzled by Policy [www.puzzledbypolicy.eu] and OurSpace [www.joinourspace.eu], can enhance traditional participation mechanisms, by providing accessibility, transparency, and real-time interaction.
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Technology 18-09-2013

Why is the internet important? – StartUp Europe Forum, London 2013

At the launch of Campus Party 2013 in London, StartUp Europe Forum brought together the doers and shapers of Europe?s digital community for an eclectic mix of policy and debate, analysis and research, as well as opportunities to connect with Europe?s innovators, hackers and geeks.   We asked participants at the event two questions:   - Why is the internet important? - How will it change the world? - What advice would you give European policy makers about internet, innovation, and e
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Technology 17-09-2013

US whistleblower Snowden nominated for EU’s human rights award

US whistleblower Edward Snowden has been nominated for the EU's top human rights award, worth €50.000. A former US Security Agency employee, Snowden was shortlisted on Tuesday by the Greens in the European Parliament. The nomination comes after he revealed earlier in June that the US government had been carrying out mass surveillance programmes on citizens and governments.
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Technology 12-06-2013

EU slams US over data scandal

MEPs on Tuesday slammed the US government over reports that the country's Security Agency had been snooping on EU citizen's information and called for tougher online regulations. The scandal comes after whistleblower Ed Snowden revealed last week that the US authorities had tapped the servers of internet companies for personal data.
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Technology 22-05-2013

Digital literacy: an interview with Mark Surman

StartUp Europe – a collaboration between the Lisbon Council and Telefónica – hosted a Deep-Dive on Digital and Web Literacy. Organised in partnership with Mozilla Foundation, the roundtable highlighted the need not only to advance digital skills as a way to respond to the unemployment crisis among Europe’s young but also to give citizens the tools they need to become active participants on the web.
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Technology 15-04-2013

Huawei’s Juan Rendon on Broadband in Europe

  What is the current state of broadband in Europe? There is going to be an increasing demand of broadband traffic over the next five years, and operators need to be ready to address this demand. What will happen if operators are not ready for increased demand?
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Technology 15-04-2013

Broader Way Forum 2013: Broadband Drives Digital Society

Huawei’s Broader Way Forum is a series of events that take place around the world, bringing together influential ICT stakeholders from the public and private sector, including industry experts, academics, operators, internet service providers, government officials and media. It encourages dialogue and concrete actions to promote broadband innovation as an enabler of social and economic development around the world.

Commission co-opts private sector in grand ICT skills venture

SPECIAL REPORT / The European Commission in March is due to launch an initiative designed to close the gap between an unskilled workforce and the EU’s growing demand for information and communications technology (ICT).
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Cybersecurity 09-01-2013

EU launches center to fight cybercrime

This is the EC3: Europe's latest attempt to fight cybercrime. The new European Cybercrime Center will officially launch on Friday in the Dutch city of The Hague. It will focus on stopping internet fraud and online sexual exploitation. 'EC3 will focus on cybercrime committed by organized crime groups particularly those generating large criminal profits such as online frauds and cybercrimes which cause a serious harm to the victims such as child sexual exploitation', EU Home Affairs commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said.
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Technology 19-12-2012

EU revamps digital agenda

The European Commission launched on Tuesday a list of digital priorities for the next 2 years. Brussels claims these measures can boost Europe's economy and create millions of jobs through investing in digital infrastructure. The new proposals hope to increase broadband investment and accelerating cloud computing. Measures to revamp copyright, e-government and cyber-security are also included.
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Technology 04-10-2012

The Internet Economy: Opportunities for Growth

Taylor Reynolds, senior economist for the information economy at the OECD directorate for science, technology and industry, looks at the latest trends in the Internet economy, and discusses the impact of greater adoption of information and communication technologies on economic growth.   Mr. Reynolds visited the Lisbon Council, a Brussels-based think tank, on the eve of the launch of OECD Internet Economy Outlook 2012, where he joined a High-Level Roundtable on Economics of the Internet.
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Cybersecurity 02-10-2012

Cybersecurity in the EU: What’s at stake?

Cyberspace is a new and unfamiliar domain that has gradually become the 'nervous system' through which society operates. In a world where over 87% of the population are mobile users , the stark reality is that cyber security is a growing global challenge demanding rational and universal solutions. As governments, enterprises and consumers have become increasingly reliant on ICT solutions that integrate inputs designed, developed, coded and manufactured by multiple suppliers around the world, the scale of the cyber security challenge has grown exponentially.
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Intellectual Property and Innovation, a European Assesment

Professor Ian Hargreaves discusses Intellectual Property and Innovation, a Lisbon Council publication, co-edited by Prof. Hargreaves. The report brings together contributions on intellectual property from 10 leading European intellectuals, and draws on the pioneering work of Digital Opportunity: A Review of Intellectual Property and Growth, a high-level review Prof. Hargreaves prepared for UK Prime Minister David Cameron.   The Lisbon Council is a Brussels-based think tank.
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Technology 04-07-2012

MEPs say no to ACTA

After months of intense debate, the European Parliament on Wednesday finally rejected the controversial anti-piracy treaty ACTA. With an outstanding majority of 478 negative votes, MEPs decided that no European member states will be able to join the treaty in its current form. ACTA was first proposed in 2007 to counter the trade of counterfeit good across borders.
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Technology 22-06-2012

Karel De Gucht on ACTA

A European Parliament Committee rejected the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) yesterday (21 June) despite pro-business lobbying by Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht, who insisted that Parliament should not decide before the European Court of Justice gives its opinion. A final vote in the full Parliament is expected on 4 July.
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Cybersecurity 28-03-2012

EU to launch cyber crime agency

A European agency to fight against rising levels of online crime. That is the topic of a proposal tabled by the European Commission on Wednesday. Europe's cyber crime center will specifically target severe organized e-crimes such as frauds involving credit cards or online child sexual exploitation. Fighting against identity theft and protecting social network profiles will also be priority. This top-level European policy authority already has a special unit dedicated to cybercrime and to monitoring possible online terrorist activities.
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EU wants tougher rules on confiscating criminal profits

The European Commission on Monday proposed a new set of rules to make it easier to strip criminals from profits they make on their crimes. At the moment, only 1% of illegal assets are frozen and confiscated. Most of the money is laundered and reinvested into the legal economy. Europe's Home Affairs Commissioner wants a simplified legal framework which will harmonise existing rules and close loopholes. Malmstrom said that "in times of crisis", this is a very important measure.
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Future EU 26-01-2012

EU presents e-petition project

The European Commission is gearing up to launch an ambitious plan that seeks to make the European Union more democratic. From the 1st of April, any citizen of a member state of the EU can introduce an initiative to get his or her idea turned into EU law. To make that happen, they need one million signatures from at least seven countries. This European Citizens' Initiative enables citizens to participate more actively in Europe's democratic life. ?Brussels hopes the ECI will boost transparency and increases the quality of European democracy.
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Data protection 25-01-2012

EU wants ‘right to be forgotten’

The European Commission on Wednesday presented a new "comprehensive" reform on data protection rules. This to replace the current laws that came into force back in 1995. Brussels wants to give people more control over their personal data by introducing the controversial "right to be forgotten". Under the proposed law, people can ask companies to delete information that they hold about them. Companies who don't comply could face fines of up to 2% of their annual turnover.
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Technology 08-09-2011

EU to define ICT ambition as future Internet is shaped

The role of Europe in shaping the future of the Internet remains to be defined as the European Union's institutions are bracing for a long battle with governments of the union's 27 member states over the amount of money that is to be made available for research & development projects in the ICT sector. The amount of money that will be assigned to the new Horizon2020 research funding programme will show exactly where Europe's ambitions are when it comes to determining which technologies will serve people online.