Commission warns of connected cars delay if draft EU rules are rejected | EURACTIV.com


Plans to get connected cars on Europe’s roads could face a setback of “two or three years” should the Delegated Act on Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) be rejected by MEPs this week, European Commission officials have said.

The debate centers around Commission plans for how vehicles should be connected in the future, either by using 5G or WiFi networks.

The proposal has been drafted as a Delegated Act, a fast-track procedure that legislates on the basis of input from EU countries.

Source: Commission warns of connected cars delay if draft EU rules are rejected – EURACTIV.com

Censorship fears linger as copyright directive overcomes final hurdle | EURACTIV.com

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A “censorship of the internet” could be in store as a direct result of the EU’s new rules on Copyright protection, a Polish government minister said on Monday (15 April), as EU member states approved the controversial plans after more than two years.

The member states voted in the Council on Monday to formalize their adoption of the EU’s copyright reform and the plans passed a qualified majority of 71.26%, just above the threshold of the required 65%.

However, there remained a degree of controversy over the reform, with particular attention directed at Articles 17 and 15.

Source: Censorship fears linger as copyright directive overcomes final hurdle – EURACTIV.com

Bulc urges 5G advocates to focus on autonomous driving, leave connected cars to WiFi | EURACTIV.com


A European Commission plan to push WiFi as the technology of choice for connected cars over 5G has caused controversy. EU transport chief Violeta Bulc told EURACTIV in an interview that saving lives is the most important factor and WiFi is the only proven option

It’s quite simple really. First, WiFi is a proven technology and has almost no patents on it anymore. It’s available now, is easy to implement and it’s cheap. It’s affordable for everyone. One of the main political points during my mandate was to improve road safety and set up a systemic approach to it. I suffer personally when I see that 25,000 people lose their lives every year and 137,000 are seriously injured.

Now, people want us to wait three or four years in case the new technology becomes available. We have technology that can be deployed now and can save lives. I don’t want to be part of those statistics. I don’t want my kids, my friends, anyone a part of those three year statistics because we had the technology and didn’t act.

Source: Bulc urges 5G advocates to focus on autonomous driving, leave connected cars to WiFi – EURACTIV.com

Huawei CEO: EU doing a ‘great job’ in cybersecurity | EURACTIV.com

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Amid growing pressure from the US on European governments to reject Chinese tech firms, Huawei’s rotating CEO Ken Hu said on Tuesday (16 April) that the EU was doing “a great job” on cybersecurity.

In a keynote speech during its annual analyst summit in Shenzhen, where the company is based, Hu’s words were seen as a signal of the importance given by the company to European regulators. EURACTIV.com was invited to the summit.

Hu mentioned the cybersecurity center opened in Brussels in early March in order to increase the transparency of the work done in this field and the cooperation with stakeholders and European regulators.

Source: Huawei CEO: EU doing a ‘great job’ in cybersecurity – EURACTIV.com

Emerging media policies for EU 2019-24 | EURACTIV.com


“Healthy democracies depend on a healthy media sector,” Digital Commissioner Mariya Gabriel told a recent EURACTIV event.

Yet, the media sector consistently faces multiple challenges, notably technological and financial, and requires a coordinated response and support from EU legislation to ensure its sustainability in the long term.

This dossier looks at what remains to be done for the media sector and explores some proposals for how to make it healthy and sustainable.

Source: Emerging media policies for EU 2019-24 – EURACTIV.com

‘We are talking about breaking monopolies like Facebook,’ says Barley, who tops SPD’s EU election list | EURACTIV.com

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In an interview with our partner DerTagesspiegel, German Justice Minister Katarina Barley explains why she wants digital firms to share their collected data with the public, and to limit the power of companies such as Facebook and Amazon.

Because, in addition to Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, who is actually also responsible for data security, I keep an eye, from the consumer’s point of view, on what happens to their data. This is very relevant to the health sector because data in that field is one of the most personal.

There needs to be a guarantee for security, more so than in any other area. This applies not only to how data is being processed and stored, but also to how it can later be used by the research sector in an anonymised and pseudonymised form.

Source: ‘We are talking about breaking monopolies like Facebook,’ says Barley, who tops SPD’s EU election list – EURACTIV.com

MEPs back plans to quell online terrorist content, but one-hour timeframe is criticized | EURACTIV.com


The European Parliament has backed plans to force online hosting services to remove terrorist content within one hour of reporting, in a move aimed at quelling the spread of extremist propaganda online. However, there was no shortage of those in the industry criticizing the timeframe.

The measures were adopted with 308 votes in favour, 204 against and 70 abstentions. An attempt by a coalition of groups including the Greens and the Socialists to scrap the one-hour deadline failed by only three votes.

Source: MEPs back plans to quell online terrorist content, but one-hour timeframe is criticized – EURACTIV.com

FCC Rural Broadband Fund Would Move Funds From Existing Program | Nextgov


The rural broadband fund that Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai proposed last week would rely on funding from an existing broadband program slated to expire next year, while also setting higher standards for internet speeds, according to the FCC.

Around $2 billion has been available annually in recent years through the Connect America Fund and that same amount would be shifted to the new fund, dubbed the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund, said Mark Wigfield, a spokesman for the commission, in an email on Tuesday.

Source: FCC Rural Broadband Fund Would Move Funds From Existing Program – Nextgov

A New Consensus Is Emerging On How to Handle The Risk from China’s 5G | Defense One


Bottom line: Huawei leads the world in the ability to rapidly produce cheap telecom hardware (as well as the underlying software.) Recent reports, including one from NATO, state it plainly. It’s one reason why European countries, including U.S. allies like Germany and the U.K., have been reluctant to ban tech from Huawei outright, even in the face of heavy U.S. pressure.

But — quietly — many European countries like the U.K. and France actually are banning Huawei’s 5G tech in part by effectively quarantining it away from vital parts of infrastructure, or military and intelligence activities, according to James Lewis, senior vice president at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

“They don’t let Huawei near their sensitive intelligence facilities, their sensitive military facilities,” said Lewis.

Source: A New Consensus Is Emerging On How to Handle The Risk from China’s 5G – Defense One

Welcome to Social Cyber Warfare | SIGNAL Magazine


Many people have written marketing off as frivolous, but it is a field of constant data-driven experimentation, and in the past decade social media sites such as Facebook have become state-of-the-art laboratories for honing influence messaging. In the information revolution marketplace, the organization with the most data and the ability to utilize it wins.

Edward Bernays, considered the father of both psychological operations and marketing, coined the phrase psychological warfare to describe his work during World War I.

After the war, he needed to find a niche for his unique skill set, so he penned his Machiavellian style manifesto pitching his services in influence to civilian applications. He found many takers. U.S. companies such as Proctor & Gamble and GE were his clients.

Source: Welcome to Social Cyber Warfare | SIGNAL Magazine