Information Society

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...

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...

Future of privacy forum and Israel Tech Policy Institute

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Political and economic developments over the past few years have strained the transatlantic alliance.   The Trump Administration and EU leaders continue to clash over issues that were once common core values, including the...

Name Dispute: Taking stock in Skopje after the disappointing referendum

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Shockwaves continue from the low turnout in the referendum in Macedonia/FYROM, which had been hoped to approve June’s Prespes Agreement settling the Name Dispute between Athens and Skopje. The 37% turnout for the September...

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...

If Trump Ruled Venice

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Marco Polo, the famous thirteenth-century Venetian merchant, was one of the first Europeans to trade with China. Now imagine that, after a while, the Venetian state became concerned that Polo was purchasing too many...

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...

European Parliament to review copyright rules in September

The European Parliament’s plenary voted by 318 votes to 278, with 31 abstentions to reject the negotiating mandate, proposed by the Legal Affairs Committee on 20 June. As a result, Parliament’s position will now...

Are claims that the FCC killed net neutrality true?

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Journalists around the world read stories from the American media on neutrality and internet regulation. Some copy-paste the stories into Google Translate to make an article for their local language publication. Some journalists consider...

Facebook: 99 percent attitude, 1 percent show

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Facebook has grown too fast for its own good. Unable to keep up with its own explosive pace, the company keeps finding itself either getting in trouble, or not doing enough to stay out...