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By John Higgins, Director General of DIGITALEUROPE The digital single market has been identified as a key plank in Europe’s economic revival, after the worst recession in living memory. I’d go a step further and say that the digital single market isn’t just about getting Europe’s economy back on its feet, it’s about re-fitting Europe… » read more

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The Internet of Things – also known as Industry 4.0 –  is rapidly becoming reality, driven by the convergence of increasingly connected devices.  TTIP, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, can help reap the rewards it promises, writes John Higgins. John Higgins, Director General of DIGITALEUROPE explains some of the concrete benefits that technological innovations could offer to… » read more

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By John Higgins, Director General of DIGITALEUROPE A second wave of digital transformation is coming.  The first one revolutionized the way we order information and spans technological advances from the advent of the mainframe computer to the arrival of Internet search. This second wave will reinvent how we make things and solve problems. Broadly it… » read more

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By John Higgins, Director General of DIGITALEUROPE The 28 member states of the European Union run the risk of undermining a new cybersecurity  law that will play a central role in protecting Europe’s critical infrastructures from cyber attacks. Earlier this year, the European Parliament narrowed the scope of the proposed Network and Information Security (NIS)… » read more

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By John Higgins, Director General of DIGITALEUROPE If the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) was all about dumbing down our consumer protection standards to allow big American corporations to charge in and flog us more of their wares, then I’d be with the protesters who came out to oppose the trade agreement at the… » read more

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The Post online letter published on 27 March 2014 From John Higgins and Lotte de Bruijin The dust of the Nuclear Security Summit has descended. The world has an additional number of arrangements for security. Next year, the Netherlands will host the Fourth International Cyberspace Conference. This Ministerial Conference is an opportunity to also make… » read more

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Financial Times letter published on 25 March 2014 From Mr John Higgins and Mr Dean C Garfield. Sir, With the threat of conflict on Europe’s eastern borders, it is more important than ever for the European Union and the US to show unity. The transatlantic relationship represents the most important trade partnership in the world.… » read more

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Protectionism is not the answer to German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s doubts about control of the internet, says DIGITALEUROPE’s John Higgins. This weekend, Angela Merkel, the chancellor of Germany, said that at a Franco-German summit in Paris on Wednesday (19 February) she would discuss EU-based alternatives to the current US-dominated internet infrastructure. It is great to… » read more

Be aware, stay secure

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Sadly most of us only get serious about our security, cyber or otherwise, when we or someone close to us have a bad experience. And with cyber it’s worse. While the consequences of inadequate physical security have been clear from the time men lived in caves, cybersecurity has no such place in our collective psyche.… » read more