ETNODigital: Eco-friendly mobile phones, protecting against cyberattacks, e-waste index, and much more!
26 AUGUST 2021 - Edition no.252
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ETNO and GSMA call for a more equitable and balanced approach towards taxation of the telecommunications sector under the new tax rules proposed by OECD/G20, August 2021

ETNO - 17 August 2021

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UK pursuing data partnerships with U.S. and others

Reuters - 26 August 2021

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Emmanuel Macron to push tax deal on Irish visit

Politico - 25 August 2021

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EU extends deadline on Facebook's Kustomer deal to Jan. 7

Reuters - 25 August 2021

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Campaign against targeted ad spills over the DMA amid business concerns

Euractiv - 24 August 2021

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White House to tackle cyber challenges with Apple, IBM, insurance CEOs

Reuters - 24 August 2021

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China passes tough new online privacy law

Euractiv - 20 August 2021

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Pressure ramps up on Apple to back out from its ‘surveillance’ plan

Euractiv - 19 August 2021

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Luxembourg emerges as Europe’s sanctions leader on data breaches

Euractiv - 18 August 2021

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ETNO response to the Commission’s public consultation on ‘’Designing mobile phones and tablets to be sustainable – ecodesign’’

European telecommunication companies  have high ambitions to  include sustainability and circular economy measures as essential core elements into their business.

Mobile phones and tablets are important parts of the business through which connectivity services become useable by customers. Here  the telco industry needs to rely on the supply chain, and it has been requesting to its partners in the supply chain to include more sustainability features into their hardware design. This encompasses several aspects which include, inter alia, durability, longevity, and reparability, and which are also defined as objectives by the EC in its EU Circular Economy Action plan.

Market transparency is the first step  to establish these sustainable design aspects in the industry. The leading companies Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Telefónica, Telia Company and Vodafone are the founding members of the Eco Rating consortium. The ambition is to create a holistic methodology that combines the various aspects of the ecological performance into an easy to understand score plus sub-scores related to durability, reparability, recyclability as well as climate and resource efficiency.

The transparency we are creating with Eco Rating on mobile phone environmental performance is just a first step of a long journey. We aim to make this methodology an industry standard and we therefore propose that the European Union would be able to accept Eco Rating as an eco-label. Read more below
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Introducing the DIGITAL Europe Programme

The Digital Europe Programme (DIGITAL) is a new EU funding programme focused on bringing digital technology to businesses, citizens and public administrations. Digital technology and infrastructure have a critical role in our private lives and business environments. We rely on them to communicate, work, advance science and answer current environmental problems. At the same time, the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted not only how much we rely on our technology to be available to us, but also how important it is for Europe not to be dependent on systems and solutions coming from other regions of the world. Paving the way for achieving this goal is DIGITAL programme.

The Digital Europe Programme will provide strategic funding to answer these challenges, supporting projects in five key capacity areas: in supercomputing, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, advanced digital skills, and ensuring a wide use of digital technologies across the economy and society, including through Digital Innovation Hubs. With a planned overall budget of €7.5 billion (in current prices), it aims to accelerate the economic recovery and shape the digital transformation of Europe’s society and economy, bringing benefits to everyone, but in particular to small and medium-sized enterprises. Watch below!

Developing a Responsible and Well-designed Governance Structure for Data Marketplaces


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Cyber Defenders 2021


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Facts & Figures

5G Can Generate €113 billion of annual GDP impact and 2.4 million new jobs in 2025 



At a time when telcos are busy delivering #5G and #FTTH networks in Europe, ETNO and @GSMAEurope express their worry that the current #OECD – #G20 tax framework would add burden on the investment capacity of the industry: #DigitalTax
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On my way on stage @Kulturvaerftet to talk about #AI. We want to promote innovation and trust in AI. To do so we need to control the use of AI in cases where fundamental values are at risk.
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Favourable regulatory conditions for deployment and adoption of #5G, #fibre networks and #digital solutions are a critical factor of success also for Europe’s climate policy. The enabling potential of the ICT sector is key to net zero emissions: #Fitfor55
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At least 20% of #NextGenerationEU will be for: #DigitalSkills high-speed connectivity human-centric #AI supercomputing safe #data sharing digital health strengthened #cybersecurity The next investments are for Europe's digital decade #DigitalEU
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If we are to enable a 5G vision, telcos want to raise the ambition: from #connectivity, to #DigitalSkills, #data and #IndustrialStrategy, the #ETNOBCG report goes into detail and publishes the latest facts and figures on EU’s #digital sector:
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Mobile Phone E-Waste Index

REBUY - 25 AUGUST 2021

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Extremist content is flourishing on TikTok: Report

Politico - 24 AUGUST 2021

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Taiwan seeks again to reassure U.S. over tackling chip shortage


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Samsung to invest $206 bln by 2023 for post-pandemic growth


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Finland's Nokia wins 5G order for three European markets

Reuters - 23 AUGUST 2021

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SLOVENIAN Presidency of the Council of the EU,
2-3 SEPTEMBER 2021, Virtual Event

Cybersecurity conference

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3 September 2021, Virtual Event


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8 SEPTEMBER 2021, virtual event

The future of IoT security: What's next?

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European Commission
15 SEPTEMBER 2021, Virtual Event

State of the Union address by President von der Leyen

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21 September 2021, Virtual Event

5G users guide webinar

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21 – 23 September 2021, Virtual Event

techcrunch disrupt 2021

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PubAffairs Europe,
23 September 2021, Virtual Event

The Digital Decade and the telecom Sector Value Creation

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ETNO and the Financial TImes,
29 November 2021, virtual Event


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