“Technology should serve the people, not the other way around”, said Věra Jourová, Vice President for Values and Transparency, European Commission, during a Summit organised by the Financial Times and European Telecommunications Network Operations (FT-ETNO) that was held in Brussels, on Monday December 2.

Jourová, who previously served as Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, is known to EU institutions as the face of GDPR. “The data privacy rules were formed to bring control back to people of what’s happening to their identity”, said the Czech VP, adding that fake news and hate speech are major issues across the EU, citing disinformation campaigns during European elections and France’s recent hate speech law.

As highlighted, EU’s incoming leadership will work towards bridging the gap in digital capacities between global players and the EU, eliminating market fragmentation that hinders digital and telecom players and investing in Research and Development (R&D) projects, as well as financing innovation in Artificial Intelligence (AI).

To prove her solid commitment to privacy and confidentiality in a fast-changing digital era, Jourová set as priority the regulation of the impact of digital transition and connectivity on citizens’ rights. “We will create the legal framework that guarantees to people that technology will not turn against them”, said Jourová.

Jourová also commented on the role of technology companies in societies, EU’s digital policies and its strategy to develop industrial leadership and on the ways to address the new fault-lines between democracy, technology, media and trust.