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EU: Code of practice against disinformation
The latest reports by Facebook, Google and Twitter covering the progress made in March 2019 to fight disinformation were published by the European Commission. The three online platforms are signatories to the Code of Practice against disinformation.
EU: Copyright in the Digital Single Market Directive
The European Parliament took a step in the reinforcement of rights of publishers and journalists online. With a technologies development and a spread of copyright objects online, new laws should be implemented for a copyright protection.
EU: European Parliament voted for a transparency of online platforms
“As the first-ever regulation in the world that addresses the challenges of business relations within the online platform economy, it is an important milestone of the Digital Single Market and lays the ground for future developments.”
Italy: The revolution in the regulation of smart contracts
The European Commission recognizes blockchain-based technologies and launches the International Association of Trusted Blockchain Applications whyle Italy has recently provided a formal and legal definition of DLTs and smart contracts.
Finland: Digital mental health platform Meru Health snags $4.2M in seed funding
Meru offers a digital tool that is supported by licensed therapists. The program targets people dealing with depression, burnout and anxiety.
EU: Boom of Subscription e-commerce market
The onset of Strong Customer Authentication (SCA) in September as part of the new Payment Services Directive (PSD2) will change payment flows for more than 300 million Europeans.
France: E-commerce is about reach 104 billion euros in 2019
75% of online population will shop online. As the turnover of business-to-consumer e-commerce is expected to reach 104.2 billion euros at the end of 2019, this would mean its increase to 12.5 percent.
EU: Ethics Guidelines for Trustworthy AI
The European Commission published a set of Ethics Guidelines for Trustworthy AI which establishes guidance to date on the fundamental rights, principles and values that AI providers should ascribe to.
EU: Creation of a gigantic biometrics database
The European Parliament voted for a creation of a gigantic, biometrics-tracking, searchable database of EU and non-EU citizens. It will be known as the Common Identity Repository (CIR) and is set to unify records on over 350 million people.
Austria: New attempt to disclose Internet anonymity
According to the governmental draft bill, users of online forums in Austria will have to provide operators with their true identities, operators would then have to supply that information to governmental agencies.
Digital Open House: EU Elections 2019 - A Stronger Digital Europe
Date: 7 of May, 2019
Location: Brussels, Belgium
NTA Summit: preparing the upcoming Finland's EU Presidency
Date28 of May - 29 of May, 2019
Location: Helsinki, Finland
Seventh meeting of the Working Group on Digital Innovation Hubs
Date: 1 of July, 2019
Location: Brussels, Belgium
Workshop on Artificial Intelligence for Manufacturing
Date: 2 of July, 2019
Location: Brussels, Belgium
The High-Performance Computing 2019 conference
Date: 2 of September - 6 of September, 2019
Location: Borovets, Bulgaria
Digital Innovation Hubs projects: open calls for SMEs
The EU initiatives Smart Anything Everywhere (SAE) and ICT Innovation for Manufacturing SMEs (I4MS) offer several funding opportunities for small and medium-sized enterprises to implement and test digital innovations within the framework of the European network of Digital Innovation Hubs. 30 November 2017 to 20 September 2020.
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