EPRS Briefing: Digital challenges for Europe [What Think Tanks are thinking]

The rapid development of digital technologies is posing a challenge to the European Union, spurring initiatives to catch up with the US and China in the area, notably in the context of the digital single market. Among the dilemmas are how to reconcile Europe’s sensitivity towards protecting private data with the need to use them in many algorithms, and ensure that automation and artificial intelligence strengthen rather than weaken labour market participation. This note offers links to a series of some recent commentaries and reports from major international think tanks and research institutes on digital challenges. Many earlier papers on the issue can be found in a previous item in the series, published in July 2018. Many reports on cybersecurity are available in a publication from October 2018.

Event: Hybrid Conference: Critical Connections, Continuity and Supply – Assessing the Security Of European Critical Infrastructure and Functions in a Hybrid Threat Context (Brussels, 6 November 2019)

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Question for Written Answer: Safeguarding free competition in Swedish telecommunications

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Agenda: Space Working Party meeting (22 October 2019)

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Agenda: Working Party on Telecommunications and Information Society (22 October 2019)

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Agenda: Meeting of the Horizontal Working Party on cyber issues (morning only) (22 October 2019)

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Agenda: Asia-Oceania Working Party (Connectivity experts) (7 November 2019)

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Press Release: Antitrust: Commission imposes interim measures on Broadcom in TV and modem chipset markets

The European Commission has ordered Broadcom to stop applying certain provisions contained in agreements with six of its main customers. This will prevent serious and irreparable harm to competition likely to be caused by Broadcom’s conduct, which prima facie (at first sight) infringes EU competition rules.

Margrethe Vestager, Commissioner in charge of competition policy, said: “We have strong indications that Broadcom, the world’s leading supplier of chipsets used for TV set-top boxes and modems, is engaging in anticompetitive practices. Broadcom’s behaviour is likely, in the absence of intervention, to create serious and irreversible harm to competition. We cannot let this happen, or else European customers and consumers would face higher prices and less choice and innovation. We therefore ordered Broadcom to immediately stop its conduct.”

Question for Written Answer: Eavesdropping and 5G telephony

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Press release: BEREC elects new Chair 2021 and signs Memorandum of Understanding with the International Telecommunication Union

On 10 September BEREC Chair Jeremy Godfrey (ComReg, Ireland), together with the incoming Chair for 2020 Dan Sjöblom and Co-Chairs of the Open Internet Working Group, presented the outcomes of the 40th Board of Regulators ordinary plenary meeting.

Public consultation on the BEREC Work Programme 2020 & and Call for input to the BEREC Medium Term Strategy 2021-2023

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Public Consultation: draft BEREC Guidelines detailing Quality of Service Parameters

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Public consultation: BEREC draft Feasibility study on development of coverage information for 5G deployments

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State of play regarding award of 5G pioneer bands

The table represents information available to the European Commission regarding the state of play on award processes for the 5G pioneer bands identified by the RSPG. Sources include the 5G Observatory, the RSPG awards calendar and information provided by RSPG members themselves. The information relates the situation as at September 2019.

The table was presented at the 50th Radio Spectrum Policy Group (RSPG) Meeting of 9 October 2019.

Agenda: 50th Radio Spectrum Policy Group (RSPG) Meeting (9 October 2019)

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Agenda: Meeting of the Horizontal Working Party on cyber issues (15 October 2019)

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Public consultation on the draft BEREC Guidelines on Geographical surveys of network deployments

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OPP Meeting Summary: Hearing of Margrethe Vestager, Executive Vice President-designate for Europe fit for the Digital Age (8 October 2019)

A summary of the hearing is now available.

Report: EU coordinated risk assessment of the cybersecurity of 5G networks

Today, Member States, with the support of the Commission and the European Agency for Cybersecurity published a report on the EU coordinated risk assessment on cybersecurity in Fifth Generation (5G) networks. This major step is part of the implementation of the European Commission Recommendation adopted in March 2019 to ensure a high level of cybersecurity of 5G networks across the EU.

UPDATED – Agenda: Justice and Home Affairs Council (7 – 8 October 2019)

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Event: 4TH Copernicus SEA User Workshop (Sorrento, 30-31 October 2019)

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Press point: EU coordinated risk assessment of the cybersecurity of 5G networks (9 October 2019)

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Press Release: Is 5G bad for your health? It’s complicated, say researchers

Countries such as Switzerland, the UK and Germany are already rolling out next generation networks. 5G is projected to be 100 times faster than 4G and would allow new technologies such as connected cars and augmented reality to flourish. But despite the big promises, concerns about its potential health effects are also growing.

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