EURACTIV Digital & Media Editor Luca Bertuzzi gives a breakdown of the week’s biggest European tech news in the world of politics and policy.
Digital anonymity and the Online Safety Bill
Digital anonymity and the Online Safety Bill
As efforts to regulate digital platforms gather steam, attention to the issue of online anonymity is growing. This week’s episode looks at the arguments being made for both limiting and preserving anonymity and pseudonymity online, and how these have played out in the context of the UK’s Draft Online Safety Bill.
Europe and emerging technologies
As the debate on digital sovereignty is as relevant as ever, we discuss with Jean-Marc Leclerc, the head of IBM’s policy lab, Europe’s position on emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, quantum computing and cloud.
Jan 14 2022
France’s digital agenda
As Paris has taken over the rotating presidency of the EU Council, we discuss with our correspondent Mathieu Pollet how France is expected to shape the EU digital agenda in the coming months. And how the upcoming presidential elections will influence the French presidency.
Jan 7 2022
How the DMA & GDPR will work together
The access to data is increasingly recognized as an area of focus for competition policy in the digital space. As the DMA approached the finishing line, we were joined by Bojana Bellamy, President of the Centre for Information Policy Leadership (CIPL), to discuss how the law targeting gatekeepers is expected to interlink with the EU privacy framework.
Dec 17 2021
Poland facing hybrid threats
The migration crisis at the Polish border was combined with a number of cyber attacks and disinformation offensives. Janusz Cieszyński, Poland’s secretary of state and government plenipotentiary for cybersecurity, explains how Poland is facing the situation and what Europe could do to better address these attacks in the future.
Dec 10 2021
Cybersecurity: trends and actions
Raj Samani, McAfee’s chief scientist, walks us through the upcoming challenges in the field of cybersecurity, and how regulators, law enforcement authorities and private actors should work together to face cyberthreats.
Dec 3 2021
What the next German government has in store for digitalisation
In its new coalition agreement, the likely next German government put a special emphasis on digitalization. To shed some light on what Germany has in store for digitalisation, we spoke with Oliver Süme, Chair of the Board at eco, one of Germany’s biggest digital associations. The discussion focuses on the main challenges that the next government has to face and if the measures that are outlined in the coalition agreement are enough to bring Germany back on track to master the digital transformation.
Nov 26 2021
The case for opening up the App Store
Apple has vehemently been opposing sideloading provisions in the DMA, which would allow alternative ways for downloading apps on their operating system. Damien Geradin, legal counsel for the Coalition for App Faireness responds point by point to Apple’s argument, making the case for opening up the competition among app stores.
Nov 19 2021
Former Commission’s Chief Competition Economist intervenes on the DMA
Tommaso Valletti had a key role in shaping EU competition policy in critical years for the digital economy. In this interview, he gives his take on killer acquisitions, the scope of the DMA, provisions on the regulatory dialogue and the potential risks that would make the new EU law less effective. Valletti concludes on a critical note, for his work and that of fellow Commission regulators.
Nov 12 2021
The media, disinformation and the DSA
The passage of an amendment to the proposed Digital Services Act (DSA) has stirred debate between the media sector and those working in anti-disinformation fields over just how much content moderation power online platforms should have when it comes to material produced by news outlets. In this episode, Aurore Raoux of News Media Europe explains why the media sector is placing such importance on the amendment.
Nov 5 2021
The outstanding issues on the DMA
The IMCO vote on the Digital Markets Act has officially been delayed, as some significant difference remain between the main political groups. To better understand where things stand, I have interviewed MEP Evelyne Gebhardt, the shadow rapporteur for the social-democratic group, and MEP Andrus Ansip, the shadow rapporteur for the liberal group. The EU lawmakers explain the main differences in terms of scope, implementation, killer acquisitions and targeted advertising.
Oct 29 2021
China’s digital policy and the impact on European businesses
China has been pushing an aggressive agenda on a number of digital issues. We discussed the Chinese strategy to regulate the tech sector, and its implication for European businesses, with Vera Demary, head of research unit for digitalisation at the German Economic Institute.
Oct 22 2021
EDPS on the future of privacy
We have asked the European Data Protection Supervisor Wojciech Wiewiorowski about its recent proposal to organize a conference to review the enforcement of GDPR, the EU privacy law. He also provided his views on the current criticism around GDPR’s one-stop-shot, the Privacy Shield negotiations, the debate around encryption and the e-Privacy negotiations.
Oct 15 2021
Media freedom for the digital age
Digital technologies and the rise of online platforms have reshaped the way that we produce, share and consume news, but the concept of media freedom has seen comparatively little change. As threats to journalists increase, however, authorities around the world, including the EU, are asking how protections can be updated to keep pace with digitalisation. On this week’s podcast, we hear from the authors of a new report exploring the relationship between media freedom and technological development.
Oct 8 2021
Google’s take on the DMA
After having heard the views of European tech companies on the Digital Markets Act (DMA), we have spoken to Adam Cohen, Google’s director of economic policy, to hear the perspective of what is likely to be labelled as a ‘gatekeeper’. The discussion focuses on the difference between legitimate competition and what constitutes abuse of market dominance, as well as how to conciliate technological innovation with antitrust regulation.
Oct 1 2021
Germany’s digital prospects
German elections are eventually upon us. As the EU largest economy heads to the first polls of the post-Markel era, EURACTIV’s correspondent in Germany Oliver Noyan helps us decode the positions of the main German parties in relation to key digital issues: digital sovereignty, competition policy, content moderation, data retention, biometric recognition. Will the new German government change its current approach to digital policy?
Sep 24 2021
European tech on the DMA
Interview with Trivago CEO Axel Hefer and the Managing Director of Visual Meta Johannes Kotte on the perspective of European tech companies on the Digital Markets Act.
Sep 17 2021
What’s in sight for the EU digital sovereignty?
We take a look at the upcoming digital trends and challenges as presented in the European Commission’s strategic oversight report.
Sep 10 2021
Where is the EU semiconductor strategy going?
The economic impact of the semiconductor shortage has prompt all major industrial players to ramp up their investments. We discuss what the EU done so far, and if it is working.
Jul 23 2021
Right to repair: how sustainable are our electronic devices?
The green and digital transitions rank on top of the EU agenda, but as far as digital devices are concerned, they do not really go together. We take a closer look at right to repair, how tech companies are preventing independent repairs and what the EU should do about it.
Jul 16 2021