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US warns UK about allowing Huawei in 5G

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The United States’ national security adviser, Robert O’Brien has warned the United Kingdom about allowing China’s Huawei Technologies into its 5G telecoms networks. O’Brien said the action would pose a risk to UK’s secret intelligence...

Facebook removes hundreds of pro-Trump fake accounts

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Facebook has removed more than 900 fake accounts, groups, and pages associated with a website known to publish conspiracy theories in support of United States’ president, Donald Trump. The website “The Beauty of Life” is...

ECJ opinion says EU data transfer tools are legal in Facebook privacy case

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According to a non-binding opinion from an advocate general at the Court of Justice of the European Union, the EU Commission’s standard contractual clauses used for data transfers between EU and non-EU countries are...

Germany delays decision on Huawei for 5G rollout

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Conservatives along with their Democrat partners have decided to delay till 2020 the decision on the 5G security rules that will decide Huawei’s fate in Germany. Earlier this month, Telefonica Deutschland...

Instagram makes big step toward fighting misinformation

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Instagram is significantly expanding its fact-checking program as a part of its efforts to combat misinformation. The Facebook-owned social media app announced it will, for the first time, fact-check posts of all of its users...

India’s internet shutdown is the longest in history

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The Indian government's shutdown of the Internet in Kashmir is the longest in history, surpassing the previous blocks of Myanmar and China. The crackdown was ordered to prevent Kashmiri citizens from receiving and spreading information...

Youtube bans ‘implied’ threats

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YouTube revealed on 11 December it would better "tackle harassment" with its strengthened anti-harassment policy. After being repeatedly accused of allowing hate speech, the video streaming platform said it will ban "veiled or implied threats"...

China orders removal of foreign tech in public offices

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The Chinese government has ordered state offices and public institutions to remove foreign technology within three years. This is one of the latest developments in the trade war between China and the United States. The...

Europe’s 5G state-of-play: Interview with Mark Spelman

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Mark Spelman is a British expert focused on key 5G challenges like standardisation and cyber-security. His current roles include heads the Thought Leadership at the World Economic Forum and leading the Forum’s initiative on...

European Commissioner slams Turkey’s internet censorship

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Turkey's continued block of the internet is both unacceptable and a violation of the democratic principles of the European Convention on Human Rights which protects freedom of speech, according to the Europe Commissioner for Human...

Mounting concerns over Europe’s ‘digital sovereignty’

Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Emmanuel Macron have independently expressed reservations about Europe’s reliance on American and Chinese for data storage. Merkel made the point last week that companies outsource data storage to the US...

Cybercrime threats

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LIMASSOL, Cyprus – Chinese hackers are launching more sophisticated attacks that are as frequent and technologically savvy as Russian cyber-units, but it’s difficult to identify who is behind these attacks and international cooperation is...

Microsoft’s EU contracts found to breach GDPR

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The European Data Protection Supervisor has expressed serious concerns about Microsoft’s contractual agreements with the EU's institutions, saying they fail to fully comply with the bloc's GDPR, the EU's data protection legislation. Microsoft has already...

Germany defies US allowing Huawei to bid for 5G projects

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German regulators released on Tuesday a set of network security guidelines allowing companies developing 5G infrastructure to engage China’s Huawei. Huawei will not be excluded explicitly on the basis of the Federal Network Agency guidelines....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Why “data is the new oil” and what happens when energy meets Industry 4.0

It is clear that in today’s world, information is the new precious commodity. In the era known as the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’, companies are looking to take advantage of robotics, artificial intelligence, big data...

Art & science: Drivers of an innovative future

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Between the 7th and the 9th of November, Huawei gathered industry and public policy leaders and experts for two complimentary events at the Rome Convention Centre La Nuvola (aptly meaning “the could”), to celebrate...

EU’s Buttarelli says personal data protection is “a pillar of democracy”

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Europe's Data Protection Supervisor Giovanni Buttarelli warned that the Cambridge Analytica scandal of earlier this year was a warning to the public that the use of personal data was no longer a simple question of...