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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… » 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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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

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A en croire les communiqués, l’exception culturelle a remporté une victoire décisive le 4 juin quand le Conseil de l’Union européenne, unanime, a décidé de ne pas en faire un élément des négociations du Traité transatlantique sur le commerce et l’investissement (TTIP). Un examen plus détaillé révèle cependant les facteurs endogènes aussi bien qu’exogènes d’une… » 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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Having been solicited last year by Commissioner Michel Barnier, Antonio Vitorino has just decided to don the full gear of mediator in the thorny issue of private copying and reprography levies. His announcement back in November 2011 had originally raised hope mainly based on the calibre of this shrewd politician, a former deputy Prime Minister… » read more

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A thought piece on modernising time honoured traditions regarding content creation in the digital age. Cultural diversity has a long history of departing from the established order, be it through immunity to international trade rules – otherwise known as cultural exception – or private copy levies whose claimed purpose of compensating right holders has gradually… » read more

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From the very outset of his first mandate at the helm of the European Commission, President José Manuel Barroso has focused on identifying and treading avenues for growth in Europe. Even more importantly, as a true believer in a borderless Union, President Barroso is a visionary. He has for quite some time pointed to digital… » read more

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