About: The Digital Brief

Technology 15-10-2021

EDPS on the future of privacy

We have asked the European Data Protection Supervisor Wojciech Wiewiorowski about its recent proposal to organise a conference to review the enforcement of GDPR, the EU privacy law.
Media 08-10-2021

Media freedom for the digital age

Digital technologies and the rise of online platforms have reshaped how we produce, share and consume news, but the concept of media freedom has seen comparatively little change.
Technology 24-09-2021

Germany’s digital prospects

German elections are eventually upon us. As the EU largest economy heads to the first polls of the post-Markel era, EURACTIV’s correspondent in Germany Oliver Noyan helps us decode the positions of the main German parties in relation to key digital issues.
Technology 17-09-2021

European tech on the DMA

Interview with Trivago CEO Axel Hefer and the Managing Director of Visual Meta Johannes Kotte on the perspective of European tech companies on the Digital Markets Act.
Technology 10-09-2021

What’s in sight for the EU digital sovereignty?

We take a look at the upcoming digital trends and challenges as presented in the European Commission’s strategic oversight report.
Technology 22-07-2021

Where is the EU semiconductor strategy going?

The economic impact of the semiconductor shortage has prompt all major industrial players to ramp up their investments. We discuss what the EU done so far, and if it is working.
Technology 15-07-2021

Right to repair: how sustainable are our electronic devices?

The green and digital transitions rank on top of the EU agenda, but as far as digital devices are concerned, they do not really go together
Technology 09-07-2021

Killer acquisitions in the digital single market

Introducing merger regulations for Big Tech is at the centre of the debate for competition policy
Technology 01-07-2021

France’s tech ambitions

We take a deeper look at the state of play of France’s tech strategy and the challenges that lay ahead.
Technology 26-06-2021

Slovenia on the watchlist

This week Slovenia has entered the international human rights watchlist for the repeated attacks on the press. We have taken a closer look at the country’s declining media freedom.
Technology 17-06-2021

What’s the scope for tech cooperation across the Atlantic?

Technology has become a key dimension of transatlantic relations. We take stock of the EU-US summit, discussing the outcome for the tech sector.
Technology 11-06-2021

EU-US data transfer negotiations

International lawyer Rafi Azim-Khan walks us through the state of play for international data transfer and the key challenges ahead of the negotiations.
Technology 03-06-2021

COVID App tracing & privacy reversal

Contact-tracing apps have raised major privacy concerns.
Technology 28-05-2021

GDPR turns 3

Three years since its entry into force, the data protection framework is still falling short proper enforcement.
Technology 21-05-2021

UK-US data transfers

This week, the European Parliament approved two resolutions on the data transfers between the EU and the United States and United Kingdom respectively.
Technology 14-05-2021

State aid and web tax

The General Court has overturned the Commission's state aid decision against Luxembourg and Amazon.
Technology 07-05-2021

The weaknesses of Europe’s digital economy

This week, the Commission has announced its updated Industrial Strategy, identifying several areas of strategic vulnerability. The chip and the cloud are two key technologies for our digital future, but Europe is light-years behind its competitors
Technology 30-04-2021

Apple set to change the app market

In this week's episode we look at Apple’s new privacy feature, which might change mobile usage as we know it. Apple devices will now request app-makers to receive explicit consent for tracking users, threatening a multi-billion advertising industry
Technology 16-04-2021

Digital Vaccine Passports are coming

This week, we examine the Commission’s plans to introduce a Digital Green Certificate, the aim of which is to ensure the freedom of movement within the EU during the covid crisis.
Technology 09-04-2021

The 533 million

This week, we take the examine the recent Facebook data breach that has reportedly impacted 533 million users worldwide.
Technology 26-03-2021

What next for Section 230?

This week, we take a look at the latest hearing of Big Tech's Zuckerberg, Pichai, and Dorsey in Thursday's Energy and Commerce committee session
Technology 19-03-2021

The Digital Decade

This week, we take a look into the thinking behind the Commission's recently published plans for their so-called 'Digital Decade' targets
Technology 05-03-2021

The plight of the Platform Workers

This week we take a look at the Commission’s plans for protecting the future of platform workers in the EU
Technology 26-02-2021

5G in France

This week we take a look at what’s in store for the future of 5G in the EU, with a particular focus on recent developments in France.