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Reality bites in the spectrum auctions

Reality bites in the spectrum auctions

Scars from 3G should help to ensure that 5G will be a success

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Will 2020 be the year regulation catches up with social media?

Will 2020 be the year regulation catches up with social media?

Carnegie Trust Associate, Maeve Walsh, calls for the UK Government to move forward on legislating to regulate online harms.

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Data aggregation and the effectiveness of antitrust, merger control and regulatory tools

Data aggregation and the effectiveness of antitrust, merger control and regulatory tools

Francesco Liberatore writes, the Financial Times recently reported that the UK Government will create a new regulator, the Digital Markets Unit, to police companies such as Facebook and Google after Brexit. The regulator will be given powers to implement a range of new rules, including an enforceable code of conduct for the biggest groups and greater data accessibility for consumers.

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Free, full-fibre broadband for all?

Free, full-fibre broadband for all?

It is one of the more surprising aspects of the current UK general election campaign that broadband policy has been hitting the headlines as one of the main controversies.

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I have seen the convening power of the IIC at work

I have seen the convening power of the IIC at work

IIC sponsored co-operation resulted in valuable satellite education projects around the world

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Why the technology debate cannot be left to experts

Why the technology debate cannot be left to experts

The potential of AI will only be realised with proper public consent

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Alan Turing had it right all along

Alan Turing had it right all along

We should see chatbots as digital assistants, not pseudo-humans

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Public Service Broadcasters must continue to ‘cover the waterfront’

Public Service Broadcasters must continue to ‘cover the waterfront’

Something for everyone, most of the time

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When it Comes to Fintech, the future is Asian and African

When it Comes to Fintech, the future is Asian and African

Innovations in digital financial tools will be central to the growth of developing economies

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What ‘Death Cigarettes’ teach us about Facebook

What ‘Death Cigarettes’ teach us about Facebook

Tough regulation might benefit consumers. It will certainly benefit platforms.

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The IIC Europe Chapter is born

The IIC Europe Chapter is born

The IIC Europe Chapter was launched at the IIC's Brussels Telecommunications & Media Forum on 26 March.

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Clear principles for digital regulation, but is a digital regulator required?

Clear principles for digital regulation, but is a digital regulator required?

As the pressure for a regulatory response to platform power grows, report raises questions over the role of a new regulatory body

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Platforms are public spaces, so let’s treat them like one

Platforms are public spaces, so let’s treat them like one

Applying a ‘duty of care’ provides flexibility as well as protection

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"Build a trustworthy framework, and they will come."

The EU’s principles will set the highest standards for AI in the world, but is the balance right?

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10 Predictions for the Future of Telecommunications Regulation in 2018

10 Predictions for the Future of Telecommunications Regulation in 2018

2018 could be a watershed year for the telecommunications industry and EU regulation. Francesco Liberatore Chair of the Brussels Chapter, and associate Matthew Buckwell of Squire Patton Boggs consider the top 10 EU regulatory developments

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Regulators and the challenge of digital disruption

Regulators and the challenge of digital disruption

A call for a new regulatory body is a sign of the times.

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We must empower citizens in the battle of disinformation

We must empower citizens in the battle of disinformation

Calls for censorship will become louder if effective action is avoided.

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The solution to fake news? Manage it

The solution to fake news? Manage it

Seeking drastic fixes raises the spectre of unintended consequences.

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Preferring humans to AI

Preferring humans to AI

There will be many jobs AI can do better than humans. We might want humans to carry on doing them anyway.

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We have every reason to be optimistic about the digital revolution.

We have every reason to be optimistic about the digital revolution.

The right kind of regulation can result in the right kind of change.

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Stepping up for platforms, stepping back from media

Stepping up for platforms, stepping back from media

We need journalism to survive in the exploding era of news

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The public sector can set the standards for data ethics

The public sector can set the standards for data ethics

Does 'Ethics by design' now have an unwitting champion?

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There can be no democracy without accountability

There can be no democracy without accountability

We are moving from a hierarchical structure to a connected and networked society – from ‘Command-and-Control’ to ‘Connect-and-Collaborate’.

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We need to embrace a new era of maturity

We need to embrace a new era of maturity

A new construct for consumers is required, but it mustn’t detract from the opportunities that await.

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Ethical Standards in artificial intelligence

Ethical Standards in artificial intelligence

For Europe to lead in AI it must lead in ethical standards. It is a pre-requisite that we create an environment of trust by design.

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When is content local?

When is content local?

With more programming accessible to global audiences, we need to decide what we mean by local content.

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Meeting the Ethical Challenge of AI

Meeting the Ethical Challenge of AI

One of the buzz-phrases in the current privacy debate is “privacy by design” or even, “privacy as a design experience”. The essence of this, logically enough, is that privacy should be “designed-in” to a service or product from the outset, rather than have to be bolted on afterwards once the implications have become clear.

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Internet Companies can help children, and themselves

Internet Companies can help children, and themselves

There has been much discussion recently about the obligations of major internet players, particularly social media networks, to make more strenuous efforts to monitor the activity on their platforms. Welcome as they are, however many moderators the social networks hire, the idea that they can provide full protection for children is no more realistic than suggesting that we place police officers on the corner of every street.

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Show the benefits and users will consent

Show the benefits and users will consent

In a recent seminar on smart vehicles, one delegate raised his hand and asked the OEMs on the panel, “I want a connected vehicle with all the benefits, but I don’t want you to know where I am”. To which came the reply, “buy a ‘67 Mustang”. 

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Are we missing one big thing?

Are we missing one big thing?

20 years ago, what is now regarded as one of the major threats facing the developed world was then confined to sci-fi movies. 

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