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Digital transformation: time for reflection on the quality of work

By Christophe Degryse / 14 January, 2019

During a March 1844 House of Commons Committee debate on the proposed ‘Factories Act’, Lord Ashley declared that the various improvements made to machines had the tendency to replace the jobs of adult men with the labour of women and children. However, is the new trend , not to replace...

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What do we want from technology?

By Justin Nogarede / 3 December, 2018

According to the US Historian Melvin Kranzberg, “technology is neither good nor bad; nor is it neutral.” In the same way, many concepts in the debate on technologies have to be de-dramatised: Cyberspace does not exist. The ‘internet’ does not exist. The use of these terms reinforces the popular perception...

Editorial

By Maria João Rodrigues / 3 December, 2018

This edition focuses on the digital revolution. The term revolution evokes images of peoples’ uprisings against the powers that be. What strikes me these days, is that the most ardent supporters of the digital revolution are multinational companies that invest heavily in new technologies such as artificial intelligence. That leaves...

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GAFAM VERSUS EUROPEAN UNION

By Laurent Alexandre / 20 June, 2018

The influence of GAFAM outside the United States is a concern for the countries of the European Union. The decision about whether or not to introduce a digital tax for countries is a heated debate among member states. However, the impact of GAFAM seems to go beyond economic aspects. Laurent...

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Why Facebook should be taxed and how to do it

By Paul Tang / 13 February, 2018

Large digital platforms are making billions of profits, while paying little or no corporate tax. They currently have a whole range of opportunities for tax avoidance, to the benefit of a few shareholders and at the expense of many taxpayers. Our recent estimates show that, in a period of three...

European digital market and creative industries: has the right strategy been chosen?

By Hervé Rony / 22 December, 2017

The European Commission has made the creation of a digital market one of its highest priorities. Given that Europe seems to be lagging so far behind the US and probably irretrievably so, this strategy is justified. However, Hervé Rony, Director of SCAM, a civil society organisation of French multimedia authors,...

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Implications of the EU’s declarations relating to cyber security and access to the Digital Single Market

By Mark Skilton / 22 December, 2017

The European Union governance structure is empowered to adopt measures with the aim of establishing or ensuring the functioning of the Internal Market in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Treaties. In view of the huge fragmentation of the market for information and communication technologies (ICT), ICT security products...

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After the tertiary sector, the middle class confronted with the digital sector

By Daniel Cohen / 9 November, 2017

An interview with Daniel Cohen by Alain Bloëdt, Editor-in-Chief of The Progressive Post   Progressive Post : Does digital technology pose a threat to our society or should it be encouraged? Daniel Cohen : Both. Everyone is familiar with the concept of a connected world; we have modern phones and...

The internet and the second era of democracy

By Don Tapscott / 12 January, 2017

The rise of populist movements, most recently of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders in the US, the decline in youth voting in OECD countries, the widespread voter cynicism about scandals from Italy to the UK, all reflect a growing crisis of legitimacy of our democratic institutions. Not since the dawn of...

The realities of digital democracy

By Kenneth Hacker / 20 May, 2016

A cyber-realist (as opposed to cyber-utopian or cyber-dystopian) perspective regarding how Internet-based communication technologies affect democracy, views empirical data as supporting promising potentiality and actuality for using ICT to enhance democratic communication. This can apply to emerging democratic systems as well as advanced network societies who have had democratic systems...

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