Eight major US web companies, including Apple, Google and Facebook, made a joint call yesterday (9 December) for tighter controls on how governments collect personal data, intensifying the furore over online surveillance.
SPECIAL REPORT / A new cold war is brewing between Europe and other northern countries and the rest of the world over internet access, threatening to block talks on cyber security and data protection, the chief of the United Nations' telecommunications authority said. EURACTIV reports from the GSMA conference in Barcelona.
SPECIAL REPORT / A move by Finnish company Rovio to produce Hollywood-style blockbuster children’s cartoons demonstrates how innovators in the European tech scene are looking to capitalise on the digital revolution.
SPECIAL REPORT / An explosion in the data-driven economy offers crisis-stricken Europe hopes of recovery, but policymakers who lack the means to measure the phenomenon face challenges in a sector bracing for new regulation.
EU countries should step up their efforts to protect children online through laws and cooperation, a majority of the European Parliament said in a resolution voted on Tuesday (November 20) in Strasbourg. But the Parliament resolution won't help anyone, says the Pirate Party.
The European Commission wants to ensure that consumers can have full access to high-speed Internet at any time but refrained from regulating on so-called "net neutrality" for now, saying the remedy may be worse than the disease.
In a resolution adopted last week, the European Parliament defined what 'vulnerable consumers' are - the elderly, the needy as well as those with mental and physical disabilities. But every consumer can be considered vulnerable, argue two Danish MEPs interviewed by EURACTIV.
Telecommunications regulations, set for an overhaul later this year, could be expanded to give the mobile sector sweeping new powers over the internet, international leading players representing the web have claimed.
British MEP David Martin, in charge of steering the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) through the European Parliament, said yesterday (12 April) that he would urge lawmakers to reject the controversial treaty.
Europe’s broadband internet coverage is close to 100%, but super-fast connections remain marginal and well behind the EU's official target despite the rhetoric surrounding the benefits of the digital economy.
Online social networks cannot be forced to block users from downloading songs illegally, as this would push up their costs and infringe on privacy, Europe's highest court said today (16 February), adding to a worldwide debate on internet policing.
Facebook, Google, Twitter and other social networking sites will support European citizens’ initiatives that will be launched starting 1 April, corporate representatives said during a conference in Brussels last week.
Two controversial draft bills on internet piracy and copyright protection, which are currently being examined in the US Congress, are raising concerns in Brussels with the European Commission warning about its potential consequences on Europe.
The European Court of Justice issued yesterday (24 November) a historic ruling establishing that member states cannot impose the filtering of the Internet for the purpose of preventing illegal downloads of copyrighted files.
Turkey has announced measures to "protect families" from pornographic content. But civil society was quick to criticise what it saw as disguised Internet censorship and illegal or even "ridiculous" practices. EURACTIV Turkey reports.
A growing number of EU citizens say they use the Internet to get information about the European Union, while daily newspapers are significantly losing ground and television remains the primary source of EU news, a Union-wide poll reveals.
A nationwide network of 'Smart Work Centres' has sprung up in the Netherlands over the last three years, enabling people to work in a more flexible manner and bringing benefits to employees, employers and the environment.