In it together – Developing cybernorms is a shared responsibility

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Cybersecurity norms development remains an increasingly important international security imperative. In the past year, governments – either through the work done by the United Nations Group of Governmental Experts on Information Security, or by the Group of Twenty’s international forum of 20 governments and central banks from major economies– have elevated their commitment to cybersecurity by proposing norms to address security challenges caused by the exploitation of information and communications … Read more »

A Digital Boost for Europe’s Regions

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Since the European Commission first introduced its ambitious proposal for a Digital Single Market strategy nine months ago, much has been said about the potential of the digital economy to boost European growth and prosperity; from reducing public spending and fostering new business models, to equipping people with ICT skills and digitizing traditional industries for tomorrow’s global marketplace. But amidst the broad, high-level discussions, it’s important not to overlook the … Read more »

What’s Next for EU Cybersecurity after the NIS Agreement?

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After three years of intense negotiations, the EU finally reached agreement on the Network and Information Security (NIS) Directive this past December. Politically, all that remains to be done is for the text to be formally approved by the European Parliament and the Council of the EU in the coming months. Then Member States will have 21 months to implement this landmark legislation. At a technical level, however, there’s still … Read more »

Looking beyond the obvious to benefit from IoT

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How policymakers can embrace the wider social, economic and environmental benefits of the cloud-enabled Internet of Things Much of the discussion about digitization has focused on the economic benefits and efficiencies it brings to big business, the “fourth industrial revolution”. But what about the broader socio-economic impact of cloud computing, smart data and intelligent technology? A new study by Forrester Research highlights some of these wider benefits, as identified by … Read more »

Cyberspace and the World Order

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The history of the world is intricately linked to technological evolution. The discovery of gunpowder unshackled the medieval order based on strict social castes and paved the way to the Westphalian system of nation-states. The discovery of America and the rounding of the Cape of Good Hope, made possible by changes in naval technology, rearranged the European power structure by shifting trade routes and opening the door to colonialism. The … Read more »

Have Yourself a Merry Digital Christmas

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Every year, the holiday season is magical. Depending on where you’re from in Europe, you’ll exchange gifts on Christmas Eve or first thing in the morning on Christmas Day. You’ll tuck into cod, carp, goose or turkey, and you might mark the moment with either a cheering glass of Glühwein or a glass of champagne. One thing, however, is consistent across the continent – ‘tis the season for family, friends … Read more »

A New Year’s Resolution for Advancing Digital Skills Education

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This year, youth employment, skills and entrepreneurship have all been a focus for Europe’s policymakers. The inclusion of digital skills within the European Commission’s flagship Digital Single Market Strategy set the ball rolling in May: the third pillar of the long-awaited initiative pledged to “support an inclusive digital society where citizens have the right skills to seize the opportunities of the Internet and boost their chances of getting a job”. … Read more »

Breaking down digital barriers for persons with disabilities

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When it comes to getting hold of the latest smartphone or TV, it isn’t as simple as it could be for a person with a disability. 66-year old Pedro has a disability, and the fact that some ICT equipment and software do not provide basic accessibility functions means he has to purchase specialised, often costly add on products, something which is upsetting and unfair. This is just one example of the daily challenges … Read more »

Building the low-carbon economy on firm foundations

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When Jean-Claude Juncker took office as the President of the European Commission last year, reforming Europe’s energy policy was top of his priority list, starting with the launch of a strategy for a forward-looking Energy Union based on the determination to go green. Transitioning to a sustainable low-carbon society in a competitive and innovative way is a central pillar of the plans. And it is with this goal in mind … Read more »

Europe on a digital transformation journey

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Big data, cloud services and the Internet of Things (IoT) are central to the EU’s competitiveness. This is one of the central messages of the Digital Single Market Strategy. Knocking down market barriers that prevent the uptake of IoT is therefore a key goal in order to realize the full potential of the data economy and to fuel a new cycle of technological innovation and stimulate broader economic growth across … Read more »