Report: EP LIBE Committee on preventing the dissemination of terrorist content online

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Agenda: Working Party on General Affairs (GAG+1 – Securing free and fair European elections) (12 April 2019)

Agenda items include a briefing on implementation by EEAS and COM, a debriefing of the third meeting of the European cooperation network on elections and on the table top exercise, and a presentation of the Presidency draft report with regard to the combating disinformation mapping exercise.

Event: Seminar Reporting Standards (Brussels, 04 June 2019)

The Dutch public and private organisations that use the Standard Business Reporting community organise an international seminar in order to explore the benefits of data standardisation initiatives, like Standard Business Reporting, in Europe. What are the best practices on digital reporting in the different countries? What role does standardisation play and what are the expectations, of involved parties, for the coming decade. Most of all, how do we make sure the society, especially businesses, will gain from the promises of standardisation in a digital Europe?

Press Release: Joint Meeting of the UN Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation and the Global Tech Panel

Today, UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation and the Global Tech Panel convened by EU High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini will hold a landmark joint meeting in Espoo, Finland at the invitation of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and in cooperation with Nokia.

Meeting together for the first time to bring their collective expertise to bear, the two Panels will focus their discussions on global governance in the Digital Age, and how societies can prepare for challenges and opportunities ahead, including those emerging from AI and data. They will also consider practical ways to leverage digital technologies to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

Press Release: ‘Online voting isn’t ready for high-stakes elections’

Online voting is often considered a way to improve voter turnout and security. But according to Dr Steve Kremer of the French Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automation, computer scientists have got a long way to go before they make it a viable alternative to pencils and paper.

He is researching ways of making e-voting secure under a project called SPOOC.

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

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Press Release: How were the governments in Europe digitalised in last 10 years?

The report presents the main digital government political communications, legal frameworks and infrastructures implemented in 34 European countries during the last decade; along with providing an overview of the main digital government trends in 2018. It also sheds light on the important role played by the European Commission in shaping the digital government’s landscape across Europe, while outlining a way forward for its future development.

Reply to National Parliament: Commission Decision regarding the follow-up to National Parliaments’ Opinions – reply to the Camera Deputaților (RO) – COM(2018) 640 final

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Agenda: Working Party on e-Law (-eJustice) – Expert group on e-CODEX (28 March 2019)

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Briefing: Copyright in the digital single market

The European Commission presented a legislative package for the modernisation of the EU copyright rules, including a new directive on copyright in the digital single market on 14 September 2016. Stakeholders and academics have been strongly divided on the proposal. In February 2019, after more than two years of protracted negotiations, the co-legislators agreed on a new set of copyright rules including two controversial provisions: 1) the creation of a new right that will allow press publishers to claim remuneration for the online use of their publications (Article 11), and 2), the imposition of content monitoring measures on online platforms such as YouTube, which seeks to resolve the ‘value gap’ and help rights-holders to better monetise and control the distribution of their content online (Article 13). Furthermore, in addition to the mandatory exception for text and data mining for research purposes proposed by the Commission in its proposal, the co-legislators agreed to enshrine in EU law another mandatory exception for general text and data mining (Article 3a) in order to contribute to the development of data analytics and artificial intelligence. On 20 February 2019, Coreper endorsed the compromise text on behalf of the Member States.

Combating disinformation and securing free and fair elections

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Event: The road ahead for digital social innovation – How can the EU support technology to tackle our biggest challenges? (Brussels, 26 April 2019)

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Event: Digital Transformation in the Public Sector and Project Management (Maastricht, 05-06 June 2019)

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP ITRE Committee – Debrief on the ITRE mission to the 13th Meeting of Internet Governance Forum (IGF) (18 March 2019)

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Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on preventing the dissemination of terrorist content online

Opinion of the European Economic and Social Committee

UPDATED – Agenda: Competitiveness Council (Internal Market, Industry, Research and Space) (18-19 February 2019)

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Opinion: EP CULT Committee on preventing the dissemination of terrorist content online

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Press Release: CEF Telecom: two calls supporting 13 Digital Services Infrastructures in 2019

Following the adoption of the CEF Telecom Work Programme 2019, which outlines the general objectives, priorities and expected impacts of the actions that will be supported in the field of Digital Service Infrastructures (DSIs), the 2019 CEF Telecom call planning has been published.

CEF Digital Services Infrastructures are the elementary units required by the Digital Single Market to meet the needs of businesses and citizens in their cross-border activities.

OPP Meeting Summary: EP CULT Committee – Vote on Preventing the dissemination of terrorist content online (11 March 2019)

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Question for Written Answer: Facebook’s dominant position and consumers’ right

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP IMCO Committee – Vote on Preventing the dissemination of terrorist content online (4 March 2019)

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Agenda: EP CULT Committee Meeting (11 March 2019)

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UPDATED – Agenda: EP IMCO Committee Meeting (4 March 2019)

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