Skype in the EECC: Suffocating a European success story or allowing others?

Skype represents a remarkable European success story. Founded in Estonia by a Swede and a Dane, it unlocked free and low-cost communications for the entire world. It is a perfect demonstration of what Europe hopes to achieve; a true digital single market player. Today, 500 million Europeans from Poland to Portugal can enjoy how Skype, and other Internet-based messaging services, allow them to send messages, make video and voice calls, … Read more »

Laying the foundations for a data-driven European economy

Less than two weeks into the New Year, and we have our first digital milestone moment of 2017. Yesterday saw the presentation of the final building blocks for Europe’s Digital Single Market: the European Commission’s Communication on Building a European Data Economy, the proposed Regulation on Privacy and Electronic Communications, and a Communication on Exchanging and Protecting Personal Data in a Globalised World. All of these initiatives will help Europe … Read more »

Getting Europe’s Industry Ready for the Intelligent Cloud

Just a week ahead of this year’s edition of Hannover Messe, the world’s largest industrial fair, the European Commission has today presented a set of measures to digitize European industry. This roadmap for digitizing Europe’s industry aims to enable every sector in Europe to use technology to boost productivity and competitiveness, whilst preparing our workforces for the change. Currently, the EU’s target is to increase the value of European industrial manufacturing from … Read more »

Looking beyond the obvious to benefit from IoT

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 »

Connecting a Continent – Today, Tomorrow and Beyond

The videoconference call is cancelled due to “technical difficulties”, running your small business from home is impossible due to patchy network access, and a planned movie night is slowed down by Netflix buffering every few minutes. Most of us will be familiar with one or more of these scenarios deriving from poor, unreliable or costly digital connectivity. 65% of European citizens currently have access to fast next-generation broadband, but this … Read more »

Stepping forward into a digitized future

22 years ago, the European Single Market became a reality. Today sees the launch of the European Commission’s Digital Single Market strategy, an ambitious plan, which aims to update Europe’s single market for the digital era. If fully completed, it promises to deliver €415 billion worth of growth. Within its strategy, the Commission has identified the digitization of all economic sectors as a priority for maintaining Europe’s competitiveness. And with … Read more »

Joining the Digital Dots

The Internet ecosystem is a vibrant, busy and ever-evolving environment: a vast expanse that connects an array of digital organisms in a complex, interdependent community. In recent years, European policy initiatives have focused on nurturing this ecosystem, with a raft of new measures to achieve a European digital single market being placed front and centre of the policy discussion. Two of the most debated issues have been the need for … Read more »

The New Commission and Net Neutrality

The last few weeks have been pretty exciting for those of us in Brussels. We watched with great interest as President-Elect of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, unveiled his proposed team for the new Commission, including both a Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society and a Vice-President with responsibility for the Digital Single Market. These are promising signs that Mr. Juncker recognizes the tremendous social and economic benefits that technology … Read more »

What are the policy considerations in enabling Big Data?

Unleashing the potential of a data-driven economy will require policies that enable data to flow and be exchanged freely across geopolitical boundaries, while minimizing risks and harms to enterprises and individuals globally. This is a difficult balance that requires local, national, and regional governments to agree on which data can be shared, how they can be used, who should have access, and which nations would have jurisdictions in resolving disputes.Regulations … Read more »

Big data: The next big ICT policy debate in Brussels

In recent years, cloud computing has captured much of policy makers’ attention. With its massive datacenters, the Internet cloud delivers virtually infinite resources, providing the storage capacity to orchestrate massive flow of information and, most importantly, providing an elasticity of computing resources that cuts costs for businesses and government alike.The cloud’s economic importance to Europe is undisputed, in particular in a time of crisis and financial adversity. The…