Without Silicon Valley’s continuing goodwill, the Kremlin’s information machine is in trouble.
Ben Dubow is founder of Omelas, which specializes in data and analysis on how states manipulate the web a nonresident fellow at CEPA.
On September 29, RT DE, a property of the Russian government and YouTube’s fourth most-watched German news channel, went dark. The day before, YouTube had issued new guidelines on vaccine misinformation and as a result removed a video from RT DE. When the channel attempted to upload the banned video to a sister channel, YouTube banned both.
Source: Russia’s Worldwide Influence Relies on YouTube – EURACTIV.com
France’s “trusted cloud” strategy sends “contradictory messages” and leaves little room for competition in the race for digital sovereignty already dominated by the likes of Amazon, Google and Microsoft, French cloud industry players have said. EURACTIV France reports.
Cloud industry players have criticised the French strategy for getting lost in a two-pronged approach that shows a willingness to back promising initiatives on EU soil while at the same time crying for help from the big names.
Source: French cloud industry regrets government’s ambivalence in dealing with digital giants – EURACTIV.com
China has been pushing an aggressive agenda on a number of digital issues. We discussed the Chinese strategy to regulate the tech sector, and its implication for European businesses, with Vera Demary, head of research unit for digitization at the German Economic Institute.
Source: China’s digital policy and the impact on European businesses – EURACTIV.com
EU leaders stressed the need to make digital regulation more innovation-friendly, but the digital agenda remained at the margins of the European Council summit.
EU heads of state and governments quickly rubber-stamped the conclusions related to digital policies during the Council meeting that concluded on Friday (22 October). Digital was the final point on the agenda which was dominated by the energy crisis, Poland, and migration policy.
Source: EU leaders push for ‘innovation friendliness’ in digital policy – EURACTIV.com
Law enforcement authorities in 11 European countries are already using biometric recognition systems in their investigations. Eight more are to follow, a new study found, warning of the technology’s impact on fundamental rights.
Police in Austria, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovenia, and the Netherlands employ facial recognition technologies for ‘ex-post identification’ in their criminal investigations. Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Estonia, Portugal, Romania, Spain, and Sweden are expected to follow suit soon.
Ex-post identification is where footage is checked after an incident, not in real-time.
“The distinction between “real-time” and “ex-post” is irrelevant when it comes to the impact of these technologies on fundamental rights. Ex-post identification carries in fact a higher potential of harm, as more data can be pooled from different sources to proceed to the identification,” said Francesco Ragazzi, associate professor at Leiden University and author of the study.
Source: Facial recognition technologies already used in 11 EU countries and counting, report says – EURACTIV.com
Service providers are arguing that for the European cloud market to develop, the new EU antitrust law should prevent anti-competitive practices by large software providers.
The European trade association for cloud infrastructure services providers, CISPE, commissioned a study on potential unfair practices for cloud computing services. Interviewing 25 European companies, the report pointed to what it considers a number of anti-competitive practices around the way software is licensed.
Source: European providers want DMA to address ‘unfair practices’ in cloud market – EURACTIV.com
People without a migration background have become a numerical minority in numerous western European cities, such as London, Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Vienna. Looking at the generation of children aged 15 and younger, these numbers are increasing, indicating that this is a lasting phenomenon.
These evolutions generate various challenges. One important aspect is how people without a migration background experience their changing status and, more generally, how this influences their attitudes towards multiculturalism.
Source: Why social mobility is key to explaining attitudes toward multiculturalism – Lisa-Marie Kraus and Stijn Daenekindt
The digital transformation is progressing slowly in many European Union countries. Available digital technologies are not being implemented and utilised to improve processes in government administration, in healthcare or in many companies.
This deficit became particularly evident with the Covid-19 crisis. For example, in the supposedly high-tech country of Germany the federal administration and the health-care system were often unable adequately to track infection chains, due to outdated equipment, hence failing to ensure prompt quarantine.
Source: Digitalisation and recovery—it’s not just about the technology – Hartmut Hirsch-Kreinsen
The US Air Force has hinted for months that it may seek to acquire the E-7A Wedgetail to replace the aging E-3 Sentry and ensure that American forces have the best airborne early warning and control capabilities available. The Air Force posted a notice on October 19 that seeks more answers from Boeing to inform the future potential procurement of the E-7A.
If the Air Force decides to do so and is successful in gaining the congressional authority and funding necessary to acquire the E-7A, the Pentagon will need a plan to field the E-7A and divest the E-3 that does not create capability and capacity gaps just when Chinese and Russian airborne threats are growing more formidable. Given the poor condition of the E-3, the constrained Air Force budget, and rapidly emerging threats, managing the transition well is easier said than done.
Source: If The Air Force Buys The E-7A Wedgetail, What’s Next? – Breaking Defense Breaking Defense – Defense industry news, analysis and commentary
Wharton management professor Jacqueline “Jax” Kirtley isn’t making any predictions about when or how the Great Resignation will end.
Nearly 4.3 million Americans quit their jobs in August, the highest number on record since the government began collecting data 20 years ago. The quit rate coincides with a dramatic surge in applications for new businesses since the COVID-19 pandemic began, mostly for sole-proprietor ventures.
Source: Is the Great Resignation Giving Rise to the Entrepreneur? – Knowledge@Wharton