Information Society

The 5G development debate

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Amid the debate between trans-Atlantic allies and beyond on the security challenges posed to 5G network development by Chinese suppliers, New Europe’s Andrianos Giannou had the chance to exchange views with Damian Collins MP,...

EU Data protection watchdog flags institution websites for GDPR issues

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A recent inspection by the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) found that the websites of major EU institutions and bodies were far from secure in terms of data protection and data security issues. The EDPS inspected...

5G and state interference in China and the US

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While the recent debate about the security aspects of 5G network infrastructure development has focused on vulnerabilities and failures, the discussion on control exercised over equipment vendors by state entities has received little attention...

Council numbers crunching

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The hunting season has officially been declared in the aftermath of an informal dinner on 28 May between the leaders of the EU after the European Parliament elections, which itself followed an earlier attempt...

UN aid agency stays the course in Gaza

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Following the latest flare-up of violence between the Israeli Defense Force and Hamas terrorists in the Gaza Strip, the director of operations for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in Gaza sat...

Euronews’ financing needs to be better monitored says EU Court of Auditors

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An evaluation by the European Court of Auditors concerning Lyon-based television news network Euronews’ €24.5 million in annual funding found that the multilingual broadcaster has been successful when it comes to introducing better reporting practices,...

Facebook launches European war room aimed at fighting election interference

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Social media giant Facebook has set up a European headquarters in Dublin to act as a command centre to combat against election-meddling during the 23-26 May EU elections. The new war room, which was modelled after its predecessor in the Silicon...

Airbnb labelled an information service by EU’s top court

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Online hospitality service Airbnb scored a major win in the European Court of Justice after the advocate general, Maciej Szpunar, ruled that the company should be treated as a digital service provider and free to operate...

Brussels tells Facebook to rethink its ad rules ahead of EU elections

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Facebook’s Global Affairs and Communications head, Nick Clegg, was given a stern warning form the EU on 18 April and was told the social media giant needed to rethink its rules for thwarting foreign interference...

EU Council green lights Copyright reforms

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The EU Council has approved a controversial copyright law aimed at guaranteeing that artists and news outlets receive their fair share of royalties for published material that appears online. The proposed reforms have, however, triggered Europe-wide protests over...

EU unveils 7-step strategy to build trust in Artificial Intelligence

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In a bid to build trust between citizens and technology, the European Commission has proposed seven steps to building the public's trust in Artificial Intelligence. According to Digital Economy and Society Commissioner Mariya Gabriel, the...

EU, China and 5G

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Days after Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte signed a memorandum of understanding with the Chinese president Xi Jinping in Rome, endorsing the global infrastructure-building scheme, the EU’s digital future could be shaped by the...

Name Dispute: Nationality tussles highlight Prespes Agreement flaws

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If there is an area where the June 2018 Prespes Agreement’s legions of detractors and a reasonable number of its mainstream but unenthusiastic supporters find agreement, it’s deal’s treatment of the nationality of the...

EU’s Data Protection Supervisor warns post-Brexit agreement could ‘take years’

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The EU’s Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) Giovanni Buttarelli warned ahead of Brexit that the UK’s negotiations between Brussels and London, which are aimed at achieving a new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) agreement, could take ‘years’. Once...

Copyright reform backed by EU governments

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The EU's 28 members have backed the bloc's copyright rules that would force Google and Facebook to compensate publishers, while copyrighted content will now have to be filleted by YouTube or Instagram. A majority of...

EU countries and MEPs finalise draft rules on copyright law 

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The European Union has finally reached an agreement on how to rewrite its two-decade-old copyright laws after intense two-year negotiations. Aiming to ensure a level playing field between its creatives and tech giants, European Parliament...

Facebook to bolster its capabilities against disinformation

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Facebook - the American social media giant that has been under fire after it admitted that it was unable to curtail the misuse of information posted on its platform during several key elections over...

Liberalisation of public data gets green light from EU institutions

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Negotiators from the European Council, the European Commission, and the European Parliament have all reached an agreement to facilitate public sector data sharing and availability as part of a new directive that is fully compliant...

Foreign Affairs Council to further develop EU’s disinformation action plan

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As part of the EU"s effort to combat outside interference in the upcoming European elections, the Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels is expected in the coming weeks to discuss various methods for combatting disinformation...

Putin’s semi-free press problem

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In his widely broadcast annual press conference last month, Russian President Vladimir Putin was confident and condescending, animated only when criticising Ukraine for skirmishes in the Black Sea or railing against the West’s “unfair” complaints about...

Are smart cities the solution to urban problems?

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Over the past years, the concept of smart cities has been discussed among global leaders, European Institutions and prominent technology providers. Smart cities have now become more than a term; it is a concept...

EU approves state aid for microelectronics project

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The European Commission announced on December 18 that it had approved a €1.75 billion plan first tabled by France, Germany, Italy, and the UK to contribute to the financing of a joint research and innovation project...

Tech companies warn of turbulence ahead as EU-US work on trade deal

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The internet as we know it may still end. That is the stark warning delivered by a consortium of major technology companies - Facebook, Google, Amazon, and others - to the US Trade Representative...

The revolution Europe needs

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The spontaneous street protests in Paris over the past month come almost exactly 50 years after the mass revolt of May 1968. But that is not to say the two events are comparable. Les événements...

Europe worries about Huawei

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The European Union should be “worried” about Huawei and other Chinese tech companies because of the dangers they pose to its industry and security, says European Commission Vice-President for the Digital Single Market Andrus Ansip. “Do...

Ukraine marks fifth anniversary of revolution with more questions than answers

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In the half-decade that has passed since the start of Ukraine’s EuroMaidan Revolution, few who were in Kiev during the three-month-long uprising could have imagined the upheavals that the country has had to endure...

EU Parliament boosts support for whistleblowers

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The European Parliament's Committee on Legal Affairs has approved protection measures to establish the rights of whistleblowers and journalists across the bloc to report breaches of EU law in the fields of tax evasion, corruption, public health...

Athens named European Capital of Innovation for 2018

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Only a few short years ago, most of the news from Athens focused on financial meltdowns and street battles between anti-austerity protesters and the authorities, which was further compounded by a crippling migrant crisis that...

Cyber security and fake news

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LIMASSOL, Cyprus – With only several days to the US midterm elections and European Parliament elections in May 2019, cyber security threats, misinformation, and influencing public opinion is a major concern, an Internet security...

Apple CEO Tim Cook calls for comprehensive US privacy law while warning of ‘data...

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Months after the international uproar over the Cambridge Analytica-Facebook scandal which shed light on how the former clandestinely harvested the personal data of millions of Facebook user's profiles and used the information for political...

Name Dispute: Referendum results wound two Balkan leaders

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Zero hour has passed in the Name Dispute. Surprisingly low turnout for the September 30 referendum in Macedonia/FYROM to approve June’s Prespes Agreement settling the Name Dispute between Athens and Skopje could well derail the...

DJI launches drone training hub in the Netherlands

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DJI, the world’s leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology. has launched an Unmanned Aerial Systems Training Center in the Netherlands, aiming to lead in the new growing global market. The training programme to be launched...

What was Qatar up to at the UNGA?

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With this year’s edition of the United Nations General Assembly in New York taking place over the previous week, one feature of the 2017 session that returned for this year's gathering was the intensive amount of lobbying...

Commission welcomes European Parliament’s vote to strengthen Structural Reform Support Programme

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The European Commission welcomed a recent vote by the European Parliament to increase the budget of the bloc’s Structural Reform Support Programme by €80 million, which will enable the EU to respond to increased...

ERDF invests €74.5m into high-speed broadband access in Brittany

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Located in the northwestern corner of France and best known for its age-old maritime traditions and distinct Celtic traditions, France's region of Brittany received a boost to its telecommunications after the European Regional Development...

European Parliament adopts copyright directive for digital age

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An intense day at the European Parliament wrapped up on September 12 after the MEPs entered a lengthy voting session to decide on a Copyright Directive that would modernise intellectual property rights and bring them in line...

Copyright reform: Money vs more money

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One of the most contentious legislative battles in recent EU history comes to a close this week. Proposals to reform the rules for copyright in Europe have seen countless letters, emails, tweets and insults...