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11 February 2021 - Edition no.228
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A telecoms viewpoint on the EU-U.K. agreement

ETNO - 3 February 2021

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ETNO welcomes EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement

Telecompaper - 8 February 2021

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EU countries agree joint stance ahead of WhatsApp, Skype privacy talks

Reuters - 10 February 2021

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Social media and democracy: we need laws, not platform guidelines

EUROPEAN Parliament - 10 February 2021

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EU needs cross-border network of 5G ‘corridors’ to spur recovery, says Vestager

Euractiv - 9 February 2021

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Sustainability should be ‘underlying principle‘ of digital policy: German minister

Euractiv - 9 February 2021

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Eric Schmidt: US’s flawed approach to 5G threatens its digital future

Financial Times - 8 February 2021

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EU ‘punching well below its weight’ in digital technologies, von der Leyen warns

Euractiv - 5 February 2021

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Focus on

ePrivacy: European telcos support a strong alignment with GDPR

Europe’s telecommunication industry is fully committed to the principle of confidential communications and supports the Continent’s ambition to lead the #DataEconomy. European citizens deserve access to digital services that are trustworthy and based on European values.

As emphasized throughout the process, we believe that a flexible, risk-based approach to processing communications #metadata will be critical to ensuring that telcos can innovate and participate in the data economy on an equal footing with other digital players.

Read the full statement released by ETNO and by the GSMA:


An overview on the Digital Services Act and the Digital Markets Act 

The rapid and widespread development of digital services has been at the heart of the digital changes that impact our daily lives. Many new ways to communicate, shop or access information online have appeared, and they are constantly evolving. With these developments in mind, the European Single Market requires a modern legal framework that ensures the safety of users online, establishes governance with the protection of fundamental rights at its forefront, and maintains fair and open online platform environment. Join this Connect University session and discover more about this set of new rules for all digital services.

Check out the video to learn more.


The EU Digital Markets act: A report from a panel of economic experts


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Cybersecurity challenges in the uptake of Artificial Intelligence in Autonomous Driving


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Facts & Figures

Percentage of the population covered by at least one LTE mobile operator, Europe, South Korea, Japan and the USA, 2018, 2019, plus at least one 5G operator, 3Q 2020  

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Active #IoT connections continue booming: at the end of 2019 there were 164 million IoT connections and this figure is set to grow sharply, by 28% year-on-year to 211 million in 2020. More in #StateOfDigi:
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Welcome Deucalion! The @EuroHPC_JU just announced the signature for a contract worth €20M for a new supercomputing system in Portugal. The new supercomputer, capable of up to 10 petaflops, will be the 7th to join the #euroHPC fam
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The UK and EU should continue to work together to be best equipped for the future, and remain competitive on the global stage, especially when it comes to tech start-ups and investment in #ArtificialIntelligence: #AI #DataFlows
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Together, we can create a safer internet for everyone, especially children and young people. Learn more about #SaferInternetDay & EU policies that help make internet a better place Happy #SID2021!
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Already before the pandemic, half of EU citizens did not have the #DigitalSkills for available jobs. And #Covid has surely not made that easier – we need urgent action now, @LiseFuhr stated in #ThinkDigital. Find out what the #Upskilling4All is all about:
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Let's support the digitization of the educational landscape HandshakeSchool Together with Signpost, we are launching "Academic Connect", an integrated offer that brings together all the aspects of connectivity and ICT for schools Down pointing backhand index #education #schools #digitization
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How to (properly) get rid of all your e-waste

Mashable - 10 February 2021

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Instagram announces tougher consequences for hate speech in direct messages

The verge - 10 February 2021

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Sales of electric vehicles jump above 10% for first time in Europe

Euractiv - 8 February 2021

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Great Wall invests in auto chip startup Horizon Robotics to develop smart car technologies

Reuters - 8 February 2021

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A Tesla for a bitcoin: Musk drives up cryptocurrency price with $1.5 billion purchase

Reuters - 8 February 2021

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Orange landing the transatlantic Amitié cable

Total Telecom - 8 February 2021

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TIM joins the European initiative for the development of Open RAN solutions

gruppo tim - 5 February 2021

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18 February 2021, Virtual Event

The Digital Services Act: How to address product compliance online?

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Forum Europe,
23-25 February 2021, Virtual Event

the European 5G conference 2021

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European Commission,
23-26 February 2021, Virtual Event

EU Industry Days 2021

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European Internet Forum,
24 February 2021, Virtual Event

Digital Identity: Digital Citizenship & e-Government

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25 February 2021, Virtual Event


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