About: John Higgins

Commission wants fast internet in schools to fix digital illiteracy problem

The European Commission has been coaxing EU countries to improve technology education in an effort to cut unemployment and help companies as they rely more on internet-connected programmes and machines.
Digital 28-09-2016

Commission proposes export controls to rein in surveillance technologies, to industry fury

EU companies are about to get hit with a controversial new export control law hampered by a wave of criticism this summer from technology firms, which contend that it will destroy their business abroad.
Trade & Society 03-08-2016

Tech industry, privacy advocates pressure Commission on export control bill

Technology industry groups are rushing to lobby the European Commission to change a draft bill, before it's proposed in September, that would require export controls on surveillance products.
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Digital 28-10-2015

Tech industry association bashes German privacy watchdogs

The European tech industry is firing back against German data privacy chiefs, who announced this week that they would suspend data transfers to the United States and suggested businesses operating in Europe store data only in EU member states.
Digital 20-07-2015

Forging a truly Transatlantic digital economy

With Transatlantic Week starting tomorrow in Washington, TTIP remains an opportunity for the US and Europe to show that free data flow is good for innovation and economic growth, write Dean Garfield and John Higgins.

Higgins: Digital Single Market strategy needs to safeguard cross-border data flows

For a successful Digital Single Market, European policies need to guard the ICT sector against discrimination and promote transparency, says John Higgins, Director General of DigitalEurope, in an interview with EURACTIV Germany.
Trade & Society 10-02-2015

TTIP can help reap the rewards of the ‘Internet of Things’

The Internet of Things – also known as Industry 4.0 - is rapidly becoming reality, driven by the convergence of increasingly connected devices.  TTIP, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, can help reap the rewards it promises, writes John Higgins.
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Stimulating Digital Entrepreneurship in Europe

On 29 April, entrepreneurs and policy makers gathered in Brussels to discuss digital entrepreneurship in Europe and launch the Watify platform to help entrepreneurs get over the barriers which prevent them from starting their own business or digitizing it.
Digital 08-05-2014

EU’s ‘digital champions’ make plea to next Commission

SPECIAL REPORT/ The European Union’s “digital champions”, an industry coalition, wrote an open letter Monday (5 May) to the lead candidates vying to become the next European Commission President.
Digital 19-06-2013

Data protection: One law should cover EU, governments and private sector

The biggest threat to European citizens’ privacy is posed not by companies, but by governments, according to Digital Europe’s director-general. The US Prism scandal has highlighted the potential for governments to snoop on individuals, which makes it even more important that neither the EU institutions nor other government bodies should be excluded from new data protection rules.
Digital 15-03-2013

Creating digital jobs easier than putting humans on the moon

If we can put men on the moon, and get them back, surely Europe is capable of creating more digital jobs, especially since its future might just well depend on it, argues John Higgins.

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