ETNODigital: #Tech4Ukraine, Belgium auctions 5G licenses, and more!
23 June 2022 - Edition no. 292
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POLICY

Czech Presidency sets out path for AI Act discussions

EURACTIV – 22 JUNE 2022

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ETNO response to the public consultation on the Informal Guidance Notice for businesses – anti-competitive agreements and abuse of a dominant market position

ETNO – 21 JUNE 2022

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Belgium auctions 5G licences for 1.2 bln euros

REUTERS – 21 JUNE 2022

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Pegasus used by at least 5 EU countries, NSO Group tells lawmakers

POLITICO EUROPE – 21 JUNE 2022

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AT&T, Verizon urge feds to tax Big Tech

LIGHT READING – 20 JUNE 2022

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Amid antitrust brawls, France’s competition chief stays in his lane

POLITICO EUROPE – 20 JUNE 2022

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EU privacy chief bashes lack of GDPR enforcement against Big Tech

POLITICO EUROPE – 17 JUNE 2022

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Focus on

#TECH4UKRAINE: CONTRIBUTION BY TELCOS
 
Digital support for Ukraine on connectivity and digital infrastructure has been overwhelming across Europe. ETNO members and observers have been taking voluntary measures since the early days of the conflict. Moreover, ETNO members have signed European Commission’s Joint Statement by EU and Ukrainian Operators on connectivity in support of refugees from Ukraine.

Lise Fuhr, our Director General, gives you an overview of the initiatives taken by telcos via the
#Tech4Ukraine platform, launched on the occasion of the Digital Assembly in Toulouse, earlier this week. "Stay connected, support Ukraine" Lise concluded.
 
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Video

#ThinkDigital interview with
Alfons Oliver, Axon Partners Group


 According to Oliver, "Europe is now at the crucial turning point. Several new business opportunities are set to emerge thanks to the massive availability of 5G and gigabit connectivity, bringing significant socioeconomic benefits to European citizens and businesses. We are now looking forward to the European Commission's upcoming decision on the new network funding model that will make all these objectives a feasible target.

One would actually wonder how it is similar to the discussion that took place ten years ago. Traffic levels have grown by over ten times today as compared to ten years ago. Mobile broadband has become a widespread commodity. The European Commission has set ambitious digital targets, and by no means we can say that our relationship with connectivity today is in any way comparable to that ten years ago.
"

Follow his interview in #ThinkDigital at the link below!
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Reports

Immersive Media Technologies: The Acceleration of Augmented and Virtual Reality in the Wake of COVID-19

WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM – JUNE 2022

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AI Watch: Estimating AI Investments in the European Union

JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE – MAY 2022

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Facts & Figures

Global market share of
leading desktop internet browsers

Twitterati

@ETNOAssociation

Telcos started offering free services & SIM cards to incoming Ukrainian refugees in February. More voluntary measures included:
- Organising humanitarian aid
- Hiring refugees
- Handing-out consumer equipment
- SMS donations
"Stay connected, support Ukraine" says @LiseFuhr

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@markscott82

The Aussies passed rules last year requiring tech firms to pay up; the Canadians are mulling something similar; Europe’s #copyright directive requires publishers to get their slice of revenues. France is the first country to test those rules. Germany will be next.
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@rita_wezenbeek

On day 1 of #DA22eu, Commissioner @ThierryBreton announced the launch of a new #Futurium subgroup #Tech4Ukraine. A platform bringing together stakeholders in the #digitalsector w/ the common objective of supporting Ukrainian refugees, companies & organisations. https://europa.eu/!4TQ3jh
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@agropelli

#COVID #apps received a fair amount of criticism over privacy & mass surveillance worries. Per @EricTopolet alii in @Nature, this is how they actually helped societies be safer: epidemiology/tracking, personal risk assessment, viral forecasting
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@clothildegouj

Ahead of the start of its presidency of the EU Council, the Czech Republic has asked EU countries about high-risk AI systems, governance, the definition and the exclusion of national security, according to a document seen by POLITICO. https://t.co/mZtaizSup9
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TECH

Altice Portugal signs MOU with Medusa for the landing at Carcavelos

ALTICE PORTUGAL – 22 JUNE 2022

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Meta and other tech giants form metaverse standards body, without Apple

REUTERS – 22 JUNE 2022

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Ericsson expects 5G subscriptions to cross 1 billion in 2022

REUTERS – 21 JUNE 2022

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A Cloudflare outage broke large swathes of the internet

THE VERGE – 21 JUNE 2022

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I am not a robot: iOS verification update marks end of ‘captchas'

THE GUARDIAN – 21 JUNE 2022

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Telegram has launched a paid version

MASHABLE – 20 JUNE 2022

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TikTok and Oracle teamed up after all, but concerns about data privacy remain

THE VERGE – 19 JUNE 2022

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Events
JUNE
ENISA,
23 – 24 June 2022, WARSAW

Annual Privacy Forum 2022

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ENISA,
23 – 29 JUNE 2022, BRUSSELS

ENISA Telecom Security Forum

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FRENCH PRESIDENCY,
27 – 29 JUNE, GRENOBLE

European Conference on Industrial Technologies

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CEPS,
29 JUNE 2022, BRUSSELS

Cyber Resilience, skill shortage and augmented capacity through artificial intelligence

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FINANCIAL TIMES,
29 June 2022, ONLINE

DATA SOVEREIGNTY AND THE CLOUD

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EURACTIV,
29 June 2022, Brussels

TOWARDS MORE DIGITAL SOVEREIGNTY – WHAT DID THE FRENCH PRESIDENCY ACHIEVE AND WHAT STILL NEEDS TO BE DONE?

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THE GREENS/EFA,
30 JUNE 2022, HYBRID

GREEN TECH TALK: NEW DIGITAL ECONOMY FOR WORKERS, CONSUMERS & THE ENVIRONMENT

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SEPTEMBER
EUROPEAN INTERNET FORUM,
6 SEPTEMBER 2022, BRUSSELS

The EU Artificial Intelligence Act: potential impact beyond high-risk applications

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WIK,
6 – 7 SEPTEMBER 2022, BRUSSELS

WIK Conference 2022: New Rules for the Digital Decade

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FINANCIAL TIMES,
26 SEPTEMBER 2022, HYBRID

TECH & POLITICS FORUM

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