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How lawmakers abandoned local newspapers and killed media plurality

Around the world, local news publishers vanished. In the space of 20 years, news publishers saw their share of the advertising market drop from 93 percent to 8.34 percent. Legislators looked the other way and killed media plurality with their laissez-faire approach. Member of the European Parliament Paul Tang argues that we need to ensure […]

Digitalisation: Big Democracy to overcome Big Tech and Big State

Today, when we talk about digital sovereignty, we also mean political and economic sovereignty and the threats coming with the hyper-technological 21st century. For Europe, being a ‘regulatory superpower’ is not enough anymore. The EU needs to remain relevant as a global economic power through its own technological innovation. However, for Europe, competing on innovation […]

The Digital Compass 2030: a capital mistake?

The European Commission’s digital strategy, called the Digital Compass 2030, focuses on technology-oriented goals and refers to cloud, chips and ‘unicorns’ (start-ups valued at over 1 billion USD). Although cloud computing and chips have been major innovations and are still innovated incrementally, they both are much more than that: cloud is crucial infrastructure, and chips […]

Regulate, but build too: for a European digital sphere

Europe faces a foundational moment, as it debates how to put the digital transition onto a path that is in the interest of citizens and society. Regulatory efforts focus on reigning in Big Tech, reducing potential harms, and increasing market competition. This is a necessary step. But if Europe wants to develop its own, sovereign […]

EU-US tech cooperation: embracing the ‘Brussels effect’?

Contrary to appearances, the US has an interest in the EU’s drive to regulate Big Tech and to create a more sustainable, social, and democratic digital economy. By supporting the EU’s digital agenda, the US could help pave the way for global standards to rein in Big Tech and for tech reform at home.   […]

The European Digital Agenda: can there be trust when workers are ignored?

To address the global challenges that have been exacerbated by the Covid-19 crisis, the EU needs a digital transformation that will achieve more than a single market. The European Commission says what is needed is an ecosystem based on trust, but this can be achieved only if all stakeholders are involved, including workers. Worker participation, […]

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Artificial Intelligence and social rights: a first assessment

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