Digital Innovation in Urban Environments | ESPON


Transformation must, in a holistic manner, take into account the interplay of the various challenges and innovation drivers, both horizontally and vertically, at local, regional, national and international levels. Cities must join forces, work together with businesses, academia, civic society and, above all, citizens.

The aspirations for digital transition to solve many of the urban challenges should come from the residents and must be echoed in the strategies and carried through procurement and facilitation to allow new digital urban ecosystems to develop and evolve.

ESPON policy brief “Digital Innovation in urban environments” aims to help European, national, regional and urban authorities, businesses, academia and citizens to better understand how digitalization and new technologies can be harnessed. It also supports discussions surrounding digital innovation in cities and urban policy during the EU Finnish Presidency (second semester of 2019).

Source: Digital Innovation in Urban Environments | ESPON

Commission to present revamped ePrivacy proposal | EURACTIV.com


The European Commission will present a revised ePrivacy proposal as part of the forthcoming Croatian Presidency of the EU, Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton announced on Tuesday (3 December), after previous talks failed to produce an agreement among member states.

The revamped measures will be made in a bid to find consensus between EU countries on the ePrivacy regulation which would see tech companies offering messaging and email services subjected to the same privacy rules as telecommunications providers.

The initial Commission proposal had been put forward in January 2017, in a bid to “reinforce trust and security in the digital single market.”

Source: Commission to present revamped ePrivacy proposal – EURACTIV.com

The Capitals Special: Europe’s 5G dilemma | EURACTIV.com


EU ministers adopted conclusions on Tuesday concerning the importance and security of 5G technology, which stress that an approach to 5G cybersecurity should be comprehensive and risk-based, while also taking into account ‘non-technical factors’.

What we found proved to be unambiguous: Europe’s future in 5G is completely dependent on wider geopolitical relations, namely with the US and, unsurprisingly, China. When Commission President Ursula von Der Leyen refers to hers as a ‘geopolitical’ Commission, she is not wrong.

More generally, the Commission’s October report on the coordinated risk assessment of 5G networks noted that “threats posed by states or state-backed actors are perceived to be of highest relevance,” and member states have now been tasked with working on a set of risk alleviating measures to mitigate the cybersecurity risks outlined in the report.

Source: The Capitals Special: Europe’s 5G dilemma – EURACTIV.com

How the Army is girding for electronic warfare | FCW


There’s no doubt that electronic warfare will become increasingly commonplace. That’s why the Army is vigorously testing its flying platforms, such as the Apache helicopter, to ensure they can withstand both current and evolving threats.

FCW talked with Ralph Troisio, the division chief for Electronic Warfare, Air, and Ground Survivability at Army’s C5ISR Center in Aberdeen, Md., to better understand how the Army is testing these capabilities before an aircraft takes flight.

Source: How the Army is girding for electronic warfare — FCW

T-Mobile 5G Service: Where it is and how fast | Fortune


Unlike its three main rivals, T-Mobile decided to start offering 5G service across a broad swath of the country. While Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint rolled out 5G months ago, they each announced coverage in less than a few dozen cities at first, with wider coverage coming later in 2020.

By contrast, T-Mobile says its 5G service immediately will cover 5,000 cities and towns where about 200 million people live. And unlike competitors, T-Mobile’s 5G service should also easily reach inside of buildings. The carrier also published detailed maps of its 5G coverage on Monday.

The service runs in the 600 MHz airwave band, which was formerly used for television broadcasts.

Source: T-Mobile 5G Service: Where it is and how fast | Fortune

Huawei plans to shift research center to Canada from US


Huawei Technologies plans to shift its research center to Canada from the United States, Ren Zhengfei, the founder of the Chinese telecoms equipment maker, said in an interview with Canada’s Globe and Mail.

Ren’s remarks came as Reuters reported on Friday that the U.S. is weighing expanding its power to stop more foreign shipments of products with U.S. technology to Huawei. The U.S. Commerce Department in May placed Huawei on a trade blacklist, citing national security concerns.

Source: Huawei plans to shift research center to Canada from US

Commerce proposes supply chain security rules | FCW


On the heels of new rules at the Federal Communications Commission that limit the use of Chinese-made telecommunications gear in U.S. infrastructure, the Department of Commerce proposed new regulations to identify, evaluate and address transactions involving such hardware.

On Nov. 26, the Commerce Department rolled out a proposed rule that would back the White House’s executive order to secure information and communications technology and services supply chains. The rule would require the Commerce secretary to evaluate individual telecommunications gear transactions, using a “case-by-case, fact-specific approach” to determine which transactions might be blocked or altered, the agency said.

Those determinations would be based on assessments developed by the Department of Homeland Security and national intelligence agencies.

Source: Commerce proposes supply chain security rules — FCW

Cyber interoperability is a must for federal agencies | FCW


Imagine a command center receiving intelligence feeds about the enemy.

The first one shows the target on the move from point A to point B. The analyst begins to relay that info to the field but decides to check another feed first, which shows the target as static and ensconced at point A. He checks a third feed that indicates the target has already left point B and is headed for point C.

The conflicting information is puzzling because the unit has invested a great deal in intelligence technology, purchasing from the best and most reliable vendors. But there’s no getting around the fact that these feeds conflict with each other. Valuable time is spent trying to figure out the right information.

By the time the analyst decides on one feed to share, the enemy has escaped, and the mission has failed.

In an actual battle situation, this scenario would be untenable; it would not be allowed to happen. Heads would roll if it did. No mission could succeed with intelligence this contradictory.

Yet that’s often exactly what happens in the cyber world.

Source: Cyber interoperability is a must for federal agencies — FCW

Facebook renews calls for EU regulation in ‘fight for the soul of the internet’ | EURACTIV.com


An ideological ‘fight’ is tacking place worldwide between those who want to restrict open access to the Internet and those who want to maintain a free and open web within necessary regulatory frameworks, Facebook’s Vice President for Global Affairs, Nick Clegg, has said.

The former UK deputy Prime Minister said on Monday (2 December) that rules are required so that the company could relinquish the burden of being the “umpire of political speech online,” which he says would be “an astonishing arrogation of power to a private tech industry.”

“There is a fight for the soul of the Internet going on at the moment,” Clegg said. “There are certainly two Internets, the Chinese Internet and the non-Chinese Internet, but there are many countries now, and particularly in more authoritarian parts of the world who are actively seeking to emulate the Chinese wall that has been built.”

Source: Facebook renews calls for EU regulation in ‘fight for the soul of the internet’ – EURACTIV.com

AT&T Won’t Charge Extra for 5G | Light Reading

AT&T said it will not charge extra for customers to access the lowband 5G service it’s planning to launch across millions of customers this year.

That’s probably because AT&T’s lowband 5G network isn’t going to be much faster than its existing 4G network, the company says.

Source: AT&T Won’t Charge Extra for 5G | Light Reading