Digitalization

A connected continent
Physical borders are a thing of the past, now Europe has to tear down the digital ones. At the same time as digital services are already easing the lives of millions of EU citizens the challenges of a connected continent are becoming ever more diverse, such as cyber security, digital infrastructure and superfast internet.
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
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