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10 Reasons Why the Internet is Not the Answer

10 Reasons Why the Internet is Not the Answer | Digital issues | Scoop.it
Has the Internet, which is now disrupting industries as disparate as media, transportation, healthcare, finance, education and commerce, benefitted society?
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The Plan to Unite Bitcoin With All Other Online Currencies

The Plan to Unite Bitcoin With All Other Online Currencies | Digital issues | Scoop.it

The idea is to create a single worldwide network that can not only unite all digital currencies, but all companies and individuals who use those currencies.

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5G network technology: Putting Europe at the leading edge - Think Tank

5G network technology: Putting Europe at the leading edge - Think Tank | Digital issues | Scoop.it

5G refers to a future, fifth generation of mobile network telecommunications technologies. While research on the technical characteristics and potential uses of 5G is ongoing, 5G is expected to represent a major leap forward from current telecommunications technologies, including revolutionary changes in radio interfaces and spectrum use. On the basis of current trends and potential uses, 5G networks will be faster, always accessible, highly reliable and efficient in handling a very large number of devices (including smart objects in the Internet of Things). "

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Bank of America gets Twitter to delete journalist’s joke, says he violated copyright

Bank of America gets Twitter to delete journalist’s joke, says he violated copyright | Digital issues | Scoop.it
"I have no way of guessing what the objection was really about."
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Tor Hires a New Leader to Help It Combat the War on Privacy

Tor Hires a New Leader to Help It Combat the War on Privacy | Digital issues | Scoop.it
The Tor Project hires former head of Electronic Frontier Foundation to help strengthen the organization and combat recent assaults on privacy.
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Bridging the digital divide in the EU - Think Tank

Bridging the digital divide in the EU - Think Tank | Digital issues | Scoop.it
Digital technologies play an important role in the everyday life of most Europeans; the internet allows people, businesses and governments to transform the ways they communicate and engage with one another. Yet some parts of the population are still excluded from using these new methods. Improving the EU fast broadband internet infrastructure is as important as upgrading the digital skills of citizens: 10% increase in broadband penetration may raise gross domestic product (GDP) by 1-1.5%, and by 2020, 90% of jobs will require some digital skills. The digital divide has been substantially reduced over the last decade in Europe, but the gap remains far from closed: according to the 2015 European Commission's Digital Agenda Scoreboard, two related targets have already been met (all EU households can access basic broadband and 75% of all Europeans are regular internet users). However, there is a danger that targets related to fast and ultra-fast speed broadband will be missed, especially in rural areas. Furthermore, important challenges on internet use remain, as about half of the less-educated and the elderly in the population do not use it regularly, and about 58 million EU citizens (aged 16-74 years old) have never used it at all. The digital divide also varies across Member States. The European Commission is working to improve the situation under the Digital Agenda for Europe and the Digital Single Market (DSM) strategy. Among the main EU support actions in place are proposals for legislation, different broadband funding mechanisms and support for multi-stakeholder partnerships and research projects to improve digital inclusion and assistive technologies.
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WaPo's Excellent Explainer On Encryption Debunks WaPo's Stupid Editorial In Favor Of Encryption Backdoors | Techdirt

WaPo's Excellent Explainer On Encryption Debunks WaPo's Stupid Editorial In Favor Of Encryption Backdoors | Techdirt | Digital issues | Scoop.it
Washington Post reporter Andrea Peterson has put together a really excellent explainer piece on what you should know about encryption. Considering the source, it's a good "general knowledge" explainer piece for people who really...
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Commission wants consumers to access digital content when they travel

Commission wants consumers to access digital content when they travel | Digital issues | Scoop.it

The European Commission proposed a new regulation today (9 December) to allow residents of the EU to access legal digital content when they're traveling outside the country they live in.

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Google Collected Data on Schoolchildren Without Permission

Google Collected Data on Schoolchildren Without Permission | Digital issues | Scoop.it
An EFF complaint accuses Google of collecting data on students who use the company's school-issued Chromebooks and apps.
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A deeper and fairer Single Market: New opportunities for business and people

A deeper and fairer Single Market: New opportunities for business and people | Digital issues | Scoop.it
The Single Market remains incomplete despite the significant progress achieved since its creation in 1993. During the economic and financial crisis the project has been reinvigorated in an effort to create much needed growth and jobs. The majority of research indeed suggests that the Single Market has increased EU GDP and had many positive effects on the economy, such as the creation of new trade and intensifying investment and innovation. Some researchers argue, however, that the results delivered by the Single Market are below initial expectations and that trade and economic integration lost momentum, especially in pre-2004 Member States. Many hurdles, such as gaps in legislation, administrative obstacles, ineffective implementation and poor enforcement of EU law continue to prevent the unlocking of the full potential of a genuine European market where goods, people, services and capital circulate unhindered. Consequently, one of the ten main priorities of the current European Commission is the creation of a deeper and fairer Single Market. In order to revise and modernise the project, the Commission proposed a new Single Market Strategy comprising a set of targeted legislative and non-legislative actions to be launched in 2016 and 2017. The Strategy received mostly favourable comments from stakeholders, who welcomed its focus on implementation, enforcement, and facilitating SME growth and cross-border trade. They also stressed the need for the rapid tabling of concrete proposals.
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EU lawmakers, countries agree on cybersecurity law

EU lawmakers, countries agree on cybersecurity law | Digital issues | Scoop.it

EU lawmakers and member states on Monday (7 November) struck a deal on the bloc's first broad cybersecurity law to affect multiple industry sectors.

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Congress Will Create a Commission on Encryption, Tech, and Terrorism

Congress Will Create a Commission on Encryption, Tech, and Terrorism | Digital issues | Scoop.it
The special commission will tackle the technology challenges that law enforcement is facing today, and come up with “actionable recommendations.”
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France looking at banning Tor, blocking public Wi-Fi

France looking at banning Tor, blocking public Wi-Fi | Digital issues | Scoop.it
Leaked docs from Ministry of Interior show worryingly illiberal trend for France.
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EU Internet Forum – behind closed doors and without civil society

EU Internet Forum – behind closed doors and without civil society | Digital issues | Scoop.it
The EU Commission has confirmed to EDRi that it is preparing to partner with US online companies in order to plan surveillance and censorship of citizens.
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French Startups Are Also Taking Over CES

French Startups Are Also Taking Over CES | Digital issues | Scoop.it
It's true, startups are taking over CES. But this is just part of the story. CES isn't yet another startup show. It's a now a startup show with hundreds of..
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This season, a notorious pirate gives the music industry an expensive gift

This season, a notorious pirate gives the music industry an expensive gift | Digital issues | Scoop.it
It's a little machine that's already "cost" the music industry millions of dollars.
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EDRi Awards 2015 - EDRi

EDRi Awards 2015 - EDRi | Digital issues | Scoop.it
For the second time and with great solemnity, EDRi presents the first ever second edition of its annual awards. 1. The “Humpty Dumpty Award” for the most silly “statistics” The award this year goes to French Home Affairs Minister Bernard Cazeneuve. He argued that 90% of radicalisation happens online – the source was a non-representative, …
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UK citizens may soon need licenses to photograph some stuff they already own

UK citizens may soon need licenses to photograph some stuff they already own | Digital issues | Scoop.it
Copyright strikes again, with photographers and publishers hit particularly hard.
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EU Passenger Name Record (PNR): Civil Liberties Committee backs EP/Council deal

EU Passenger Name Record (PNR): Civil Liberties Committee backs EP/Council deal | Digital issues | Scoop.it

The provisional deal reached by Parliament and Council negotiators last week on an EU directive regulating the use of Passenger Name Record (PNR) data for the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of terrorist offences and serious crime was endorsed by the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee on Thursday by 38 votes to 19, with 2 abstentions. The draft directive will be put to a vote by Parliament as a whole early next year.

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This Survey Sucks, And The Internet Needs You To Fill It Out | Techdirt

This Survey Sucks, And The Internet Needs You To Fill It Out | Techdirt | Digital issues | Scoop.it
Today, we're launching a new initiative from our think-tank, The Copia Institute. The European Commission is holding a public consultation on new regulations for the internet, and the only way to send comments is through a painfully long and...
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FAQ: Passenger Name Records (PNR) - EDRi

FAQ: Passenger Name Records (PNR) - EDRi | Digital issues | Scoop.it
The European Union will adopt soon a Directive on the long-term storage and use of “Passenger Name Records” (PNR) for the purpose of profiling individuals as possible serious criminals or terrorists. What is a Passenger Name Records (PNR)? Passenger Name Records (PNR) include information provided by passengers and collected by air carriers for commercial purposes. …
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What Can We Call Blockchain To Help People Understand It?

What Can We Call Blockchain To Help People Understand It? | Digital issues | Scoop.it
Understanding blockchain technology is not for the average person. This is level 10,000 on the nerd scale. Which makes for a sizable challenge if you're a..
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New EU cybersecurity rules neutered by future backdoors, weakened crypto

New EU cybersecurity rules neutered by future backdoors, weakened crypto | Digital issues | Scoop.it
Critical providers must ensure infrastructure is robust and report major incidents.
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Final Text Of CISA Apparently Removed What Little Privacy Protections Had Been In There | Techdirt

Final Text Of CISA Apparently Removed What Little Privacy Protections Had Been In There | Techdirt | Digital issues | Scoop.it
Back in October, the Senate voted overwhelmingly to approve CISA, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, which has nothing to with cybersecurity at all, and is almost entirely a surveillance bill in disguise. Want to know the proof: many of the...
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TiSA Resolution: document pool - EDRi

TiSA Resolution: document pool - EDRi | Digital issues | Scoop.it
The European Parliament is planning to adopt a non-legislative resolution on the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA). The TiSA Resolution will be a political statement from the Parliament. This means that the European Commission, which is in charge of negotiating this trade agreement on behalf of the European Union (EU) and its Member States, will …
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Spanish competition regulator pushes for sharing economy - despite court cases

Spanish competition regulator pushes for sharing economy - despite court cases | Digital issues | Scoop.it

The National Authority for Markets and Competition in Madrid is set to publish a groundbreaking report calling for eliminating unjustified barriers against services such as Uber and Airbnb, EurActiv has learned.

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