ETNODigital: EU joint cyber unit, achieving the Digital Compass Targets, masterclass on 5G & cybersecurity and other news updates
21 October 2021 - Edition no.260
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What Germany’s likely coalition has in store for digitalisation

EURACTIV - 20 October 2021

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EU countries to ‘explore the potential’ of a joint cyber unit

Euractiv - 20 October 2021

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U.S. Senate panel to hold new hearing on social media impact on young users

Reuters - 20 October 2021

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EU watchdog puts spotlight on exodus of competition officials

POLITICO - 19 october 2021

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Ireland’s Facebook decision triggers argument over limits of GDPR

Politico - 18 October 2021

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Greater inclusivity in post-pandemic connectivity push is needed

EURACTIV - 15 October 2021

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A “New Deal” for EU Telco networks: a coordinated response for the digital decade

Orange - 4 October 2021

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Tech & Politics Forum 2021
Is technology the answer to society's problems?

We will gather top industry CEOs, policymakers, investors and thinkers to debate how we can harness fast-evolving technologies to secure global leadership, fairness and sustainability. The Tech & Politics Forum 2021 by FT-ETNO is almost one month away! This year’s edition will take place on Monday, 29 November 2021, in a hybrid format: at Solvay Library, Brussels and online.

Confirmed speakers so far include:

  • Margrethe Vestager, Executive Vice President, European Commission;
  • Vera Jourová, Vice President, European Commission;
  • David Cicilline, US Representative, US House of Representatives;
  • Annemarie Sipkes, Chairwoman 2022, BEREC;
  • Terhi Lehtonen, State Secretary, Ministry of the Environment, Government of Finland;
  • Andreas Schwab, Member of the European Parliament;
  • Allison Kirkby, President and CEO, Telia Company;
  • Sigve Brekke, President and CEO, Telenor;
  • Alexandre Fonseca, Executive President, Chairman and CEO, Altice Portugal
  • Michel Paulin, CEO, OVHCloud;
  • Steven Tas, Executive Board Chair, ETNO;
  • Lise Fuhr, Director General, ETNO;

The moderators will be: Nic Fildes (Telecoms Correspondent, FT), Javier Espinoza (EU Correspondent, FT) and Sam Fleming (Brussels Bureau Chief, FT).

The dialogue at the Tech & Politics Forum 2021 will come at a crucial moment: the European Commission has begun distributing grants from the EUR 672.5bn Recovery and Resilience Facility to member states that earmark 20% of funds for digitisation initiatives. In the meantime, the EU and US have renewed efforts to cooperate on technology. We hope that you will be able to join us. Apply to attend in person (
here) or online (here). For more information, visit the event page.


How 5G could change your life

A brief look at how cellular technology has changed your life in the past and what it could do in the future. Ray Bonini has over twenty years pf experience in Telecommunications and Information Technology. He works with organizations to increase efficiencies, enhance cyber security, and drive new revenue streams through technology and digital networks. Ray has focused the last several years on the Internet of Things technology and Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS). His clients range from Fortune 100 companies to Technology Startups. He has developed strategies and implementations for hundreds of organizations. Hear what he has to say about 5G and how it has and will continue to change your life.

AI Watch. Artificial Intelligence for the public sector.


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Technology trends 2021


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Facts & Figures

Global increase in number of smart home devices expected to accelerate 



Digital Compass Targets: regulation can help achieving them. On Friday, we discuss how with Michel van Bellinghen (@BERECeuropaeu), @pstuckmann(@digitaleu) & Maarit Palovirta (ETNO), moderated by @agropelli. Registrations, agenda & more details: #ETNOGA62Link to tweet


Our #W4CMasterclasses are back! On the 29th of October Lise Fuhr, ETNO Director-General and a Women4Cyber Founding Member, will be leading our masterclass on #5G and #Cybersecurity! Register now
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#DYK that 80% of adults in the EU use the #internet on a daily basis? The most widespread usage is seen in Denmark,Sweden, and The Netherlands with over 90% of the population using the web everyday. Check out the full map and see where your country stand in the latest #ETNODigital: to tweet


We will not use #technology if we don't trust it. And trust, comes from feeling safe. Today #Cybersecurity is central to digitisation, to the use of technology. Join the #CyberSecMonth & learn more about what the #EU does on this key topic:
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The @EU_Commission is looking for experts on #disinformation and #DigitalLiteracy to create guidelines for teachers to educate citizens how to identify disinformation and become more digitally literate. Learn more in the latest #ETNODigital: to tweet


Changing Facebook's name will not deter lawmaker or regulatory scrutiny, experts say

Reuters - 21 October 2021

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Deutsche Telekom and Cisco Deliver Faster Internet to Connect More People Across Europe

Cisco - 20 October 2021

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The journey from traditional telco to digital service provider

TotalTelecom - 19 October 2021

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Nokia and Orange commit to use refurbished equipment for network infrastructure

TOTALTELECOM - 14 October 2021

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BT launches transformational new security platform, Eagle-i, to predict and prevent cyber attacks

TOTALTELECOM - 14 october 2021

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22 October 2021, Virtual Event

Achieving the Digital Compass Targets A conversation with telecom stakeholders

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European Commission,
26 October 2021, Virtual Event

EU ISAC Conference

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Totaltelecom congress,
26-27 October 2021, Hybrid Event


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27 October 2021, Virtual Event


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AmCham EU ,
28 October 2021, Virtual Event

9th Annual Transatlantic Digital Economy Conference

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Telco AI World Summit,
2 – 4 November 2021, Hybrid Event


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9 – 10 November 2021, London


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Friends of Europe ,
10 November 2021, Virtual Event

Foresight, agility and evidence-based decision-making – the European data strategy

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


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Cloud Expo Europe,
8-9 December 2021, Virtual Event

Meet Back Better

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