# Digitalization

Police face off against protesters in Wong Tai Sin, Hong Kong, during a general strike on August 5, 2019, as simultaneous rallies were held across seven districts. Photo: Anthony Wallace / AFP
Police face off against protesters in Wo […]

EU to restrict exports to Hong Kong over security law

The European Union has agreed to limit exports to Hong Kong of equipment that could be used for surveillance and repression after Beijing imposed a controversial new security law
A photo taken on February 5, 2013 in Marseille shows credit cards. French police has arrested, early this morning in Paris and in several French and overseas departments, 22 people in connection with the trade of credit cards numbers on internet. AFP PHOTO / ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT (Photo by ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT / AFP)
A photo taken on February 5, 2013 in Mar […]

European banks team up to offer alternative to Visa, Mastercard

European banks have teamed up to deliver by 2022 a new unified payment system that will offer consumers cards and digital wallets that could offer a serious alternative to Visa and Mastercard
Picture shows a 5G antenna at Deutsche Telekom stand on the first day of the Mobile World Congress (MWC) on February 26, 2018 in Barcelona. - The Mobile World Congress, the world's biggest mobile fair, is held in Barcelona from February 26 to March 1. (Photo by Pau Barrena / AFP)
Picture shows a 5G antenna at Deutsche T […]

Italy’s 5G stumbles after a shining start

Italy's 5G project, launched to great fanfare in October 2018 with frequencies going for top dollar at auction, has since fallen victim to sky-high costs and red tape
AI (artificial intelligence) security cameras using facial recognition technology are displayed at the 14th China International Exhibition on Public Safety and Security at the China International Exhibition Center in Beijing on October 24, 2018. (Photo by NICOLAS ASFOURI / AFP)
AI (artificial intelligence) security ca […]

Facial recognition: IT and police in delicate dance

Facial recognition has helped simplify our lives but the global anti-racism protests have prompted some privacy and rights groups to voice concerns over the technology is being used police forces
This picture taken on May 28, 2020, shows a figurin on a mobile phone diplaying a screenshot of the tracking application StopCovid developed by French government in an attempt to contain the spread of COVID-19 in Paris. (Photo by JOEL SAGET / AFP)
This picture taken on May 28, 2020, show […]

Virus apps expose tension between privacy and need for data

As more governments turn to tracing apps in the fight against the coronavirus, tension between the need for public health information and privacy rights has been thrust into the spotlight
A man holds a mobile phone diplaying a screenshot of the tracking application StopCovid developed by the French government in an attempt to contain the spread of COVID-19, on May 27, in Paris, as France eases lockdown measures taken to fight against the novel coronavirus. - French parliament is due to vote in the afternoon of May 27, 2020 on the StopCovid tracking application. (Photo by Thomas SAMSON / AFP)
A man holds a mobile phone diplaying a s […]

Virus tracing apps: Which countries are doing what

As countries emerge from coronavirus lockdowns, they are relying on phone apps to track a person's movements and who they come into contact with - a vital tool for limiting contagion risks
Employee Andrea Kuenle-Bartsch decorates a mannequin with a face mask in a fashion store in Ludwigsburg, southern Germany, on April 20, 2020, amid the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. - Parts of Europe hit hard by the deadly coronavirus pandemic took tentative steps towards resuming normal lives on Monday, April 20, 2020, with Germany allowing some shops to reopen. (Photo by THOMAS KIENZLE / AFP)
Employee Andrea Kuenle-Bartsch decorates […]

Multinationals in the time of virus: who wins, who loses?

The coronavirus pandemic, set to provoke a severe global recession this year, is hitting multinational companies disproportionately. But what sectors might succeed during the pandemic?
A man wearing gloves as a protective measure, holds a smartphone in Madrid on March 19, 2020. - Spain today announced that deaths from the novel coronavirus had jumped by nearly 30 percent over the past 24 hours to 767. The number of people who have contracted the disease has meanwhile grown by around 25 percent to 17,147, according to health ministry figures, bringing Spain's tally near that of Iran, the world's third most affected country after China and Italy. (Photo by Gabriel BOUYS / AFP)
A man wearing gloves as a protective mea […]

EU looks to apps as way of easing virus lockdown

As the EU's economy reels from virus lockdowns, Brussels has unveiled a proposed roadmap to ease restrictions, relying in large part on smartphone tracking apps
Doctor Michael Grosse takes a sample from a driver through a car window at a drive-through testing point for the coronavirus in Halle, eastern Germany, on March 27, 2020. Photo: Ronny Hartmann / AFP
Doctor Michael Grosse takes a sample fro […]

Germany bets on S. Korean model in virus fightback

In the race against the coronavirus, Germany is betting on widespread testing and quarantining to break the infection chain, a strategy borrowed from South Korea