IT & Telecom

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...

BT operations in Italy linked to major accounting scandal

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British Telecom executives are embroiled in an accounting scandal after a criminal probe was opened by Italy’s financial police. Investigators claim that email correspondence between BT executives and managers of the company's Italian division point...

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 Commission prepares second call for WiFi4EU vouchers on 4 April

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A second call for municipalities of the EU member states to participate at the WiFi4EU voucher initiative has been announced for 4 April 2019. With a  budget of €51 million, the European Commission aims to...

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...

MEPs rethink copyright vote, blame buttons for errors

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The European Parliament's vote on 26 March concerning a landmark copyright law did not, according to the voting results, receive a unanimous endorsement from EU legislators, as the controversial bill was pushed through with only...

Commission shuns US pressure to ban Huawei

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The European Commission has recommended Tuesday a series of operational measures to ensure a high level of cybersecurity for 5G networks across the EU, a decision that fell far short of the full ban...

EU’s controversial overhaul of online copyright laws receive final MEPs approval in Strasbourg 

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The European Parliament has given its final approval to the bloc's Copyright Directive after years of debating and intense lobbying from both sides of creators and the tech giants. The controversial legislative package, which was...

Interview: BEREC Chair Jeremy Godfrey on Europe’s telecommunications future

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The landscape of European mobile communications is set for another change. From 15 May 2019, any retail price (excluding VAT) charged to consumers for regulated intra-EU communications shall not exceed EUR 0.19 per minute...

European Parliament adopts Cybersecurity Act to counter Chinese IT threat

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European parliamentarians approved at the Strasbourg plenary a certification on cybersecurity for products, processes, and services sold in EU countries and, in a separate resolution, expressed concern over the threat that Chinese technology poses to...

EU Parliament’s website criticised for poor accessibility

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The European Parliament's website has a lower accessibility rate than those of the EU's national parliament websites, according to the report "Democracy, Digital Accessibility and the European Union,” launched by the European Disability Forum. Despite its...

European parliament agrees to keep eye on China’s takeovers and investments

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The European Parliament gave the green light to new measures that will allow for more intense screening of foreign takeovers in Europe’s strategic sectors, a move that comes amid heightened concerns about investments by...

We have to force Facebook to be responsible on illegal content

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It’s 15 years since Facebook was born and – like all adolescents – it’s getting into trouble. However, Facebook’s kind of trouble is a little more serious than most teenagers. For a start, lackadaisical content...

EU puts pressure on Internet giants ahead of European elections

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The European Commission has urged Google, Twitter, and Facebook to "step up" their efforts to fight disinformation online as the bloc prepares for key elections in May. This warning comes after the Commission’s call on...

UK defence secretary concerned about Huawei’s role in 5G networks upgrade

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British Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has expressed "deep concerns" about digital Chinese giant Huawei’s involvement in updating the UK’s mobile network after Alex Younger, the head of Britain's MI6 intelligence services, said the country had recently faxed...

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...

Commission gives green light for Dutch telecom merger

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The merger of two Dutch telecom providers, T-Mobile NL and Tele2 NL, has been given the green light by the European Commission after the two announced their merger plans in December 2017. The EU Competition watchdog...

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...

The Trump-China Syndrome… and Europe

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US-China relations are deteriorating due to the initiatives of Donald Trump. The American president thinks and reacts as an intelligent businessman, not as a politician. Trump is conscious of the demographics and the reasons behind...

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...

Terrorist-related content to be removed from Internet platforms within an hour, says Juncker

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Internet platforms will be required to remove all terrorism-related content within one hour of being reported, else sanctions await, according to a proposal presented to the European Parliament by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker,...

EU Commission clears Apple’s acquisition of Shazam

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The European Commission approved the acquisition of music identification app Shazam by US tech giant, Apple, after Brussels reviewed a proposed takeover under the EU's Merger Regulation which concluded that the deal would not adversely...

Commission to unveil new rules for companies to take down terror content

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After the first College of Commissioners rendezvous following the summer break, Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova announced that the European Commission is set to unveil new rules that could force internet companies to take down suspected...

A Single Europe

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The European Parliament Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCP) voted in favour late last week of creating a key internet-based data and info access point that will be known as the...

Google’s Redirect Program: An Anemic Response to the Plague of Terror Content

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Google’s attempts to tackle the dangers of terrorist content on its online platforms, including YouTube, have come far too late and remain disturbingly inadequate, according to findings in a new study by the Counter Extremism Project...

Facebook’s troubles over Cambridge Analytica data breach continue

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The UK Information Commissioner’s Office has declared their intent to fine Facebook £500,000 for its role in the Cambridge Analytica data leak scandal that accessed personal information from up to 87 million people. By scraping...

European Commission cancels first WiFi4EU call, carries budget forward

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After New Europe exposed the problems of first call for WiFi4EU project, which aims to install free public Wi-Fi hotspots in public squares, libraries, town halls or other places of public interest, the European Commission has...

Germany and France to present differing reform agendas at Euro Summit

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With the EU summit just over two weeks away, it is becoming abundantly clear that no common Franco-German vision for the future currently exists. The agenda at the June 28-29 summit will include a number...

Former Cambridge Analytica boss admits receiving Facebook data

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Cambridge Analytica's former boss, Alexander Nix, admitted the company received data from Facebook on Wednesday. Cambridge Analytica reportedly illegally secured access to the personal data of 87 million users. The data was leaked by researcher...

EU proposes Digital Europe investment programme as part of financial framework

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The creation of the first-ever Digital Europe investment programme would further facilitate the implementation of the bloc’s digital single market strategy along with the growing role of digital technologies to secure the EU’s innovation...

France doubts the UK has the resources to develop rival to Galileo

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The French economy minister Delphine Geny-Stephann doubts the UK’s financial ability to develop a rival programme to Galileo, Reuters reports. A statement to this effect was made during a parliamentary hearing on May 17 but...

Facebook’s Zuckerberg will explain Cambridge Analytica scandal to EP committee

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will appear before the European Parliament's Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice, and Home Affairs (LIBE) at an as-yet-unscheduled-date to explain his company's privacy policies, according to the Parliament's President, Antonio Tajani. "The...

Vodafone agrees €18.4 bln takeover of Liberty Global assets in Germany, East Europe

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British multinational telecommunications conglomerate Vodafone Group Plc has agreed to buy Liberty Global Plc’s German and Eastern European units for €18.4 billion, a deal that shakes up the region’s TV and broadband market as...

Snapchat joins EU Code of Conduct against hate speech

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Popular multimedia messaging app Snapchat has decided to join the European Union's "Code of Conduct", according to an announcement by the European Commission. The EU's code of conduct on countering illegal online hate speech was first presented in...

Commission proposes measures to tackle fake news and disinformation online

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Ahead of the impending implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation on May 25, the European Commission plans to take steps to counter disinformation and fake news in an effort to fight for greater transparency, traceability,...

BEREC’s net neutrality process is a black box

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Strand Consult has followed the net neutrality debate around the world for years. Its team includes some of the leading experts, and we have published many reports on the topic. In this research note...

Cancellation of EU ‘geo-blocking’ laws gives consumers more access to online services

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A geo-blocking legislation on the Digital Single Market that recently entered into force allows subscribers to have the service available from outside their national borders, making popular sites such as Netflix 'transportable' from abroad. The legislation...