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No reason for AI and GAFAM to escape democratic oversight

By Paul Nemitz / 18 May, 2019

The triad of human rights, democracy and the rule of law are the core elements of western, liberal constitutions. All actions of government, legislators and indeed societal reality are measured against these principles. Given the foreseeable pervasiveness of artificial intelligence (AI) in modern societies, the question needs to be asked...

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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...

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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...

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...

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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