DIGITALEUROPE

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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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“Liberty, how many crimes are perpetrated in your name!” History tells that these were the last words uttered by Manon Roland before being beheaded by guillotine in 1793. She was not afforded much time to elaborate, but considering the context (she was executed by the very same people whose cause – the French revolution –… » read more

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Europe has been fertile ground for creative minds for centuries. Over the past two decades, the digital economy has taken this to a new level. The European Commission’s orientation debate on copyright, the lifeblood of creativity, therefore comes at just the right time. Those with the highest stakes in copyright have made their voice heard,… » read more

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When a technology proves disruptive and ubiquitous enough to power networks that attract 2.2 billion users – one third of the world’s population – daily, is it reasonable to pretend that nothing is happening and to support status quo? A variety of regulatory props have been designed to nurture creativity over the last five centuries.… » read more

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Est-il raisonnable de se voiler la face et de se retrancher derrière un dérisoire statu quo au moment où une technologie s’avère révolutionnaire et omniprésente au point d’attirer chaque jour 2,2 milliards de fidèles – un tiers de l’humanité – sur les réseaux dont elle est le moteur? Dans la panoplie réglementaire héritée de l’ère… » read more

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DIGITALEUROPE’s vision is of a Europe that nurtures and supports digital technology industries, and prospers from the jobs we provide, the innovation and economic benefits we deliver and the societal challenges we address. So we are pleased to read, in the renewed EU Industrial Policy published on 10 October, with the telling subtitle “A Stronger… » read more

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Of Mice and Men

John Steinbeck reportedly borrowed this title from a verse authored by Robert Burns: « The best laid schemes o’mice an’ men often go awry ». Arguably, times of crisis hold out as many opportunities as risks: in order to be fleet-footed enough to catch the former and ensure that they prevail over the latter, we… » read more

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A ray of hope?

Media seem to go by the unwritten dogma that only difference in opinion, not consensus, is worth the headlines. Regardless, agreeing common principles has always been a prerequisite to joint action or effective progress in the real world. This at least holds true for the European Union, this innovative construct of national governments whose collective… » read more

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In today’s digital world some ‘lucky’ children are practically born with touch-key knowledge. As a digital native, it is easy to imagine how over 200 billion people use the internet worldwide and millions more come online each year. But what about those people who have not been so lucky? According to data from Eurostat released… » read more

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