ICT Policy

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...

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...

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...

Zero hour for Name Dispute

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In the run-up to Macedonia/FYROM’s referendum on settling its three-decade-old Name Dispute with neighbouring Greece, the rival parties involved in the vote made impassioned pitches to their respective constituencies to take whatever actions they...

Name Dispute: Parade of stars to Skopje continues as referendum approaches

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A wave of important visitors before the September 30 referendum on the Prespes Agreement -- which aims to settle the Name Dispute between Greece and Macedonia/FYROM -- has made Skopje the hottest political travel...

Greece’s Thessaloniki International Fair focuses on the American factor

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The Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF) has for 83 years marked the traditional high point of the Greek economic calendar and forms the venue for each Greek prime minister to lay out the country’s economic...

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...

5 questions EU leaders should ask Mark Zuckerberg during his Brussels visit if they...

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With Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony in the US Senate giving the global public more memes than real answers, the capital of the European Union, Brussels, is preparing to enter a media frenzy of its own....

Google, Amazon services partially blocked in Russia

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Google, Amazon and other services inside Russia have been hit by the country's bids to stop people using the Telegram messaging app. On 17 April, Roskomnadzor, Russia's state authority regulating telecommunications has asked Apple and...

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...

Future of Europe in focus at 2018 ACRE Summit

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The Alliance of Conservatives and Reformists in Europe (ACRE) gathered at Brussels' Steigenberger Wiltcher’s Hotel on March 22 to take part in a landmark summit aimed at mapping out the road ahead as Europe...

The Commission plans 3% tax on turnover for US digital behemoths

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US-based digital behemoths may soon face an additional tax charge to the tune of 3% based on revenue rather than profit alone, Bloomberg reports. The proposal is expected to be released on March 21. Companies such...

Social media sites’ new terms fall short of meeting EU consumer protection rules

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Social media giants Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ released on February 15 their new terms of service, which are designed to better align with EU consumer protection rules. The changes have been greeted with enthusiasm...

Russian hackers “Fancy Bear” may have disrupted the Olympic Games

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The Russian intelligence hacking group 'Fancy Bear', who recently set up a sophisticated email "phishing" scheme designed to get access to US Senate emails and targeted US defence contractors, was reportedly behind the disruption of...

Moscow may block Youtube, Instagram due to latest Navalny video

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Russia has threatened to shut down YouTube and Instagram unless they agree to remove a video accusing Deputy Prime Minister Sergey Prikhodko of corruption. Putin’s arch-foe, opposition leader Alexey Navalny, posted a half-hour video last week purportedly showing...

US and EU discuss the “Race to 5G”, cyber security and the future of...

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Deputy Assistant Secretary for Cyber and International Communications and Information Policy Robert L. Strayer, and Brendan Carr, Commissioner for the Federal Communications Commission are in Brussels today to discuss the future of the internet...

AT&T seeks to move net neutrality discussion forward with grander ‘Internet Bill of Rights’

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AT&T Chairman and CEO, Randall Stephenson, surprised the tech industry yesterday in an open letter saying that “Consumers need an internet bill of rights”, in order to guarantee neutrality, transparency, openness, non-discrimination and privacy...

Belgian telecom Proximus to stop zero rating ahead of stricter EU regulations

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Belgium's largest telecom company Proximus will stop its zero rating service as it prepares for stricter rules from the EU on net neutrality. Proximus started a zero rating service pilot project in 2015. The service allows...

Will the EU step in to regulate Amazon, Facebook and Google in 2018?

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Will the EU step in to regulate Amazon, Facebook and Google in 2018? Blackstone's Byron Wien said it could be a possibility. Wien releases his "Ten Surprises" every year. This year, the 33rd year of surprises, he...

Are Internet companies complicit in promoting hateful and harmful content?

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Child pornographers, human traffickers, cyber-criminals, terrorists and extremists have weaponized the Internet. Technology companies have been slow to recognize, admit to, and respond to the illegal activities on their platforms that have resulted in...

The Education Choice

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Education will play a central role in the future of society. A real collaborative and participative space where teachers and students share a common strategy towards knowledge and creativity as the key drivers of...

Privacy International: 21 EU member states violate the e-privacy directive

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Phone companies in Europe retain vast amounts of data on the “who,” “what,” “when,” and “where” we communicate. At once, someone with access to this information can know an individuals’ location, age, gender, racial...

Finland reviews medical records protocols to ensure compliance with EU privacy laws

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Authorities in Finland are reviewing national data storage rules to ensure compliance with new European Union standards that dictate citizens’ ownership over their own data, the yle news agency reports. New EU regulations aims t harmonization...

Germany, France, and Italy want national veto over Chinese corporate takeovers

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Italy, France, and Germany have petitioned the European Commission to allow member states to veto takeovers of European companies, La Stampa reported on Tuesday. The European Commission would be asked to review takeovers to determine...

Elon Musk leads campaign against robotic arms race

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Elon Musk is the de facto face of a campaign by 116 leading robotics experts from 26 countries to ban the development of military robots with a “kill” function. The campaign hails UN arms control...

France battles for global enforcement of the “right to be forgotten” at the ECJ

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Following a long standing tax evasion case against Google, French authorities are opening a new front on data protection. The French data protection authority (CNIL) is pushing Google to enforce the “right to be forgotten”...

(InCiSE) Index: UK and Estonia have the best civil service in Europe

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Five European States are in the top ten of the most efficient civil services in the world. Findings The United Kingdom ranks fourth in the world and first in Europe for the quality of its civil...

Presidency Gateway: Estonia’s digital gift to the EU

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Estonia has produced a digital solution which will make it simpler to organise and run the events taking place during the Estonian EU Presidency. Presidency Gateway is the central web portal which will be used...

Global cyberattack continues, linked to previous one

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A major global cyber attack disrupted computers at Russia's biggest oil company, Ukrainian banks and multinational firms with a virus similar to the ransomware that infected more than 300,000 computers last month . Although Ukraine...

EU court to adjourn ruling on Intel antitrust case until next year

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Europe's top court is likely to rule on Intel’s appeal against a record 1.06 billion euro EU antitrust fine only next year, an EU judge said on Monday, a case that may affect companies...

European Commission to impose record fine on Google

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The EU antitrust regulators are expected to impose a record fine on Google for search engine manipulation to favour its own services, Reuters reports. An unprecedented fine is expected to be announced on Tuesday. Following a...

Ovum presents roadmap to a digital revolution in Latin America

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Independent analysis and consultancy firm Ovum,  specializing in global coverage of IT, and telecommunications industries, presented their study “Seven public policy recommendations to attract investment in Latin America” on June 20, 2017 at the...

13 things the EU forgot to say about the new “Roam Like at Home”...

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Let's acknowledge that the EU is in the midst of an historic crisis and an increasing number of Europeans are skeptical about European integration and EU leadership in Brussels. Over recent years, panic has...

Watching online TV while abroad: EU Parliament helps you take Game of Thrones with...

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Wanna watch Game of Thrones on your portable device while abroad? EU citizens with subscriptions for online films and TV will from now on be able to access their content while temporarily in another EU country. The...

EU Commission fines Facebook 110 million euros for cheating over WhatsApp deal

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The EU Commission fined today Facebook €110 million for providing misleading information to antitrust regulators when seeking approval to buy WhatsApp in 2014. In a statement, the Commission said: "The Commission has found that, contrary to Facebook's...

Europe’s Data Protection Supervisor issues 2016 annual report

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Europe’s Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) presented on May 4 its annual report on May 4. The document outlines three main goals for the second half of its remaining current mandate. The European Data Protection Supervisor...