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8 April 2021 - Edition no.236
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POLICY

European sovereignty has lost its biggest champion

POLITICO - 7 APRIL 2021

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EU regulators urged to ‘intervene immediately’ into suicide games on TikTok

Euractiv - 7 APRIL 2021

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Vaccine passports must be proportionate, legal, EU privacy watchdogs say

REUTERS - 6 APRIL 2021

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New UK regulator set to curb big tech's power over news publishers

Reuters - 6 APril 2021

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Yellen calls for minimum global corporate income tax

ASSOCIATED PRESS - 5 APRIL 2021

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The movement to end targeted internet ads

POLitico - 2 APRIL 2021

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Focus on

connectivity & beyond: digitization of education 

The ETNO/BCG report, Connectivity & Beyond found that the COVID-19 pandemic shone a bright spotlight on the shortcomings of the education system in countries around the world. Europe did not escape exposure. As schools were closed, administrators scrambled to mobilize alternative channels for remote learning. There were plenty of hurdles. For example:

  • More than 60% of nine-year-olds in the EU are in schools that are not digitally equipped
  • There are only three EU countries in which more than 50% of teachers used ICT tools in their lessons on a daily basis pre-COVID-19
  • More than half of countries in which schools were closed during the pandemic had to create national education platforms
Against this backdrop, the EU’s existing Digital Education Action Plan (2021-2027), which includes such goals as enforcing strategic dialogue, improving connectivity in schools, encourage women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), and having less than 15% of students underperforming in ICILS (International Computer and Information Literacy Study) by 2030, comes up short. It lacks tangible quantitative KPIs as well as a strong focus on the main protagonists—students, parents, and teachers.

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Building Trust in the Digital Era: the eIDAS regulation

The European Union Agency for Cybersecurity issues technical guidance and recommendations on Electronic Identification and Trust Services helping Member States to implement the eIDAS regulation. 

In this challenging period, the “EU digital ID scheme for online transactions across Europe” initiative will drive the revision of the eIDAS and will promote digital identities for all Europeans. ENISA in order to support the Commission has undertaken activities to explore the security considerations for trust service providers and remote identity proofing.

 

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Reports

Technology Futures: Projecting the Possible, Navigating What's Next

WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM - APRIL 2021

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Blockchain technology applied to energy demand response service tracking and data sharing

EUROPEAN COMMISSION - MARCH 2021

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Facts & Figures

Increasingly Omnipresent Technology Mandates a Basic Set of Skills for Everyone

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@ETNOAssociation

EVP @vestager and US Senator @MarkWarner join us on 19/4 for a joint-interview on the hottest issues in digital policy at a crucial moment for the transatlantic relationship. Agenda and registrations here:
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@DIGITALEU

In 2020, 18% of #EU businesses used smart devices that can be monitored & controlled remotely 🌐38% of big companies  🌐27% of medium-sized enterprises 🌐16% of small enterprises. More #facts👉 europa.eu/!qX47Fk #IoT #InternetofThings #SMEs
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@LiseFuhr

The #RSPP will set the #spectrum policy goals for the next 10 years. Read our views on a successful use of radio spectrum supporting EU policies and EU digital leadership bit.ly/3szCADI
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@ETNOAssociation

We believe that hardware and software providers should be included in the scope of the #NIS2 directive to ensure enhanced #cybersecurity of digital entities. Here is our position paper: bit.ly/3dAOTcN
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@DIGITALEU

"Digitisation... is a core element of our future competitiveness" German Federal Chancellor #AngelaMerkel at the video conference with the members of the @EUCouncil emphasised the importance of #digital in Europe and the need for a global approach.#DigitalEU
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@vonderleyen on #AI: “We envisage mandatory rules applicable to all AI systems that pose a high risk to the rights or safety of people. In the case of applications that  would be simply incompatible with fundamental rights, we may need to go further”
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TECH

Max Schrems accuses Google of illegally tracking Android users

FINANCIAL TIMES - 7 APRIL 2021

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LG's smartphone exit: who stands to gain?

REUTERS - 5 APRIL 2021

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U.S. Supreme Court backs Google over Oracle in major copyright case

REUTERS - 5 APRIL 2021

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Crypto market cap surges to record $2 trillion, bitcoin at $1.1 trillion

Reuters - 5 APRIL 2021

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U.S. auto industry calls for government help as it warns of impact of chip shortage

Reuters - 5 April 2019

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Personal data of 533 million facebook users leaks online

The Verge - 4 APRIL 2021

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Events
APRIL
Portuguese Presidency,
12-13 April 2021, Virtual Event

High Level Conference "Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Journalism - Will AI take hold of the 4th estate?"

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European Commission,
13 April 2021, Brussels

Collaboration between European Digital Innovation Hubs in the network, including trans-national cross-border hubs and corridors

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EUROPEAN INTERNET FORUM,
15 April 2021, Virtual Event

The role of SMEs in Europe's digital transformation

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Politico & ETNO,
19 April 2021, Virtual Event

Rewriting the Transatlantic Tech Playbook

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ACT,
20 April 2021, Virtual Event

The impact of the proposal DSA & DMA on commercial broadcasting

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European Internet Forum,
21 April 2021, Virtual Event

Investing in Europe’s 5G infrastructure as a path to growth

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Bruegel,
22 April 2021, Virtual Event

AI REGULATION AT THE SERVICE OF INDUSTRIAL POLICY?

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Politico,
27 April 2021, Virtual event

What to make of the EU’s ‘third way’ artificial intelligence regulation

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