Technology

Vestager plans second wave of measures against digital monopolies

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In her second term as EU Commissioner Margrethe Vestager is bracing for a second wave of anti-trust measures against US digital monopolies, beginning with chipmaker Broadcom, the Financial Times report. Emboldened by her authority as...

Regulators take hard line against Facebook’s Libra

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Facebook faced the grilling of 26 central bank representatives over its Libra currency plan on Monday; Libra is a virtual currency considered a threat to monetary sovereignty. Facebook executives representing were questioned by the Bank...

US States initiate anti-trust probe against Google

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Google’s dominant market position is now the subject of state investigations after 50 states and territories opened anti-trust probes that are looking at Google’s prominent position in various sectors of the internet economy including...

Online selling VAT fraud could see a Brexit headache for UK’s HMRC

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Officials are preparing for an uptick in VAT compliance problems as the UK leaves the European Union. Online platforms like Amazon Marketplace and eBay are already under pressure to make sellers pay their share...

EU plans digital startup investment fund

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EU officials have drafted a plan that envisages the creation of a sovereign wealth fund that would invest €100 billion in European digital startups. The fund is specifically aimed at technological scouting, a move that...

Don’t squander the techno-revolution

Public discussion of the effects of automation and artificial intelligence (AI) often focuses on the productivity benefits for companies and the economy, on the one hand, and on the potential downside for workers, on...

India to be fourth state to land a spacecraft on the moon

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India's space agency has launched a lunar mission to the moon’s unexplored south pole on Monday; that makes India the fourth nation to land a spacecraft on the moon after the US, Russia, and...

Brussels to further scrutinise China’s intelligence law on 5G

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The European Union must take China's national intelligence law into account when deciding on the construction of 5G networks in Europe, said EU Commissioner for Security, Julian King, on Friday. The EU is currently working...

Washington to ease restrictions on Huawei’s US suppliers

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The U.S. is ready to ease restriction on Huawei, allowing US suppliers to continue trading with the Chinese company, Reuters reported on Monday. Since May, US authorities have barred Huawei from the US market, a...

Sweden joins the British Jet-fighter program

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Sweden will join the British sixth-generation jet-fighter programme Tempest, to be completed by 2035. The Tempest programme is developed by BAE Systems, that is, a consortium that includes Rolls-Royce, MBDA and the UK arm of...

Labour market shortages take their toll on Central Eastern European economies

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The labour market in Central Eastern Europe is continuing to tighten despite a worldwide economic slowdown, with unemployment below 4% in the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland and 5.7% in Slovakia. Tight labour market conditions...

The EU, US, and 5G

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On 13 June, New Europe took part in a media roundtable on 5G and telecommunications security with Jonathan Fritz, Director for Bilateral and Regional Affairs at the US Department of State’s Office of International...

What Putin’s new citizenship initiative would mean for Ukraine

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Since the recent presidential elections ended in a landslide victory for Volodymyr Zelensky some signs of a possible political and economic revival have been noticed in Ukraine. The very electoral victory of the Zelensky...

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,...

Simon Murphy: The businessman who believes the best AI on the market is Authentic...

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In an age where the impact of Artificial Intelligence, robotics and advancing technology are hotly debated topics, the impact of Face2Face relationships is consistently overlooked. Earlier this week, New Europe sat down with Simon...

YouTube bans white supremacist content, removes thousands of channels from platform

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YouTube is changing its community guidelines to ban channels and videos promoting white supremacy and discrimination based on age, gender, race, caste, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, according to the platform’s blog post. The move...

US moves against intel-linked Chinese tech companies

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The US is considering blacklisting the Chinese technology company Hikvision - a world leader in video surveillance products that include artificial intelligence, speech monitoring and genetic testing which broadens the capacity for facial and body...

Google cuts off Huawei

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Google has cut off Huawei from using its Android operating system, which could hurt Huawei smartphone sales outside China, as future versions of Huawei smartphones will lose access to popular services such as Google Play...

5G supplier concerns remain issue of transatlantic tension

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The Western post-war model of stability and prosperity has been, in realist terms, founded upon the simple tenet that the United States largely underwrote the trans-Atlantic collective security that allowed for trade between the...

Vodafone discovers hidden backdoors in Italy’s Huawei infrastructure

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UK telecom giant Vodafone has discovered vulnerabilities in Huawei equipment used for the company's activities in Italy several years ago, news that comes at an inopportune time for the Chinese telecom company’s reputation as...

We need to talk about terms and conditions

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Terms of service are generally designed to safeguard a service provider against legal challenges. These terms are not like a memorandum of understanding, trade agreement or a contract established jointly by two more or...

China dominance of 5G seen as a threat by British and American politicians

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Conservative UK MP Tom Tugendhat and Republican US Representative Mike Gallagher see China's dominance of 5G as a threat, they write in an opinion article published on April 19, 2019 in The Times. Tugendhat and Gallagher point...

Car manufacturers to sue Nokia

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German car manufacturer Daimler, parts maker Continental, the French Valeo, and Bury Technologies are planning to file lawsuits against Nokia’s patent licensing practices. The campaign started by the German auto-manufacturer in March, which took the...

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...

Fiat-Chrysler pool car fleet with Tesla to meet EU CO2 limits

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The Fiat Chrysler group will pool its fleet of cars with Tesla Motors in order to meet EU CO2 emission targets, the Financial Times reported on Sunday. The loss-making American manufacturer of luxury electric vehicles...

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...

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...

Rules of the cyber road for America and Russia

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The United States responded weakly after Russian cyber operations disrupted the 2016 presidential election. US President Barack Obama had warned his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, of repercussions, but an effective reply became entangled in...

Major operators at Mobile World Congress explore 5G’s potential

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The Next Generation Mobile Networks Alliance (NGMN) held a press briefing at the recently completed 2019 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain with several key operators to discuss future use cases for 5G networks outside of...

DarkMatter Group debuts first ultra-secure smartphone

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The world's first ultra-secure smartphone was revealed by DarkMatter Group, a UAE company specialising in cybersecurity solutions and fully-integrated digital transformation, at the 2019 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The phone, dubbed the KATIM R01,...

Greek president opens Delphi Economic Forum warning about AI

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DELPHI, Greece – Technology is one of the noblest attainments of humanity's intellectual capabilities, but its positive aspects cannot overshadow its darker sides, Greek President Prokopios Pavlopoulos said in his opening speech at the...

China drives global adoption of new eSIM technology

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The GSMA (Global System for Mobile Communications Association) has found that China has become a significant driver for the adoption of new eSIM technologies in mobile phones, according to a report made by GSMA...

5G connections to account for 15% of mobile industry by 2025

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A new study released by the research body of the GSMA (the Global System for Mobile Communications), a trade body for mobile operators worldwide, shows that 5G is projected to make up 15% of...

British intel says Huawei risk for developing 5G networks may be ‘manageable’

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A report by British intelligence that was leaked to the press on February 18 suggests that Chinese telecommunications company Huawei could be allowed to develop 5G communication infrastructure under certain conditions as any risk...

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...