#saveyourzone: we call on European mayors to defend local business against e-commerce giants

#saveyourzone: we call on European mayors to defend local business against e-commerce giants

It is the decisive moment of the year for businesses with the arrival of  ‘Black Friday’ and the Christmas celebrations. But here, too, 2020 is different: for many European businesses, whether they close the year better or worse over the coming weeks isn’t what’s at stake. What’s at stake, frankly, is their survival. If they do not perform well, they will shutter the windows forever, impoverishing the social and economic fabric of European cities. 

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International data transfers, on a tightrope. The EU must stand firm

International data transfers, on a tightrope. The EU must stand firm

On November 11, the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) published some “Recommendations” – in two parts – in response to the Schrems II ruling of July 16, 2020. This extremely important decision from the Court of Justice of the European Union invalidates the current international data transfers framework in the European Union and United States, considering that the rights of EU citizens are unprotected. 

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Digital Services Act: Google’s aggressive lobbying proves what’s at stake

Digital Services Act: Google’s aggressive lobbying proves what’s at stake

The European Union has finalized a draft of its new Digital Services Act (DSA), which, according to all indications, will place restrictions on and control more closely the activity of large technology companies. There is even talk of forcing them to share their data with smaller companies and prohibiting them from applying any kind of preferential treatment for their products on their own platforms. All this is in the midst of a growing debate, also in the United States, about the excessive size and power of these companies and the possibility of forcing them to be split up to restore competition in the markets where they abuse their dominance. 

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False freelancers problem goes beyond the labour market

False freelancers problem goes beyond the labour market

Following a trade union complaint, the Labour Inspectorate of the Spanish government has just officially registered 4,056 delivery people who were working for Amazon as false freelancers in Madrid and Barcelona. In addition, it is demanding the U.S. company pay 6.16 million euros in unpaid contributions. 

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The European Recovery Plan and Digitalization: urgency mustn’t distract from the essentials

The European Recovery Plan and Digitalization: urgency mustn’t distract from the essentials

The serious discrepancies between the European Parliament and the Council, chaired this six-month period by Germany, confirm what was already felt: It will not be easy to implement the historic EU post-COVID reconstruction agreement, closed last July by the heads of government. This is bad news for everyone, but especially for the countries most in need of this shot of investment, such as Italy and Spain. 

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Beyond Bitcoin and Libra: The European Commission regulates the expansion of crypto assets

Beyond Bitcoin and Libra: The European Commission regulates the expansion of crypto assets

It’s been 12 years since Bitcoin was born, and with it the phenomenon of cryptocurrencies, digital assets not issued by any central authority and transacted through blockchain technology. In these 12 years, Bitcoin has experienced dramatic swings in value, becoming established as a high-risk speculative item – in the last 12 months it has been revalued by 20% – but not as a commonly used currency. 

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Trump, Biden, and What Won’t Change Regarding the ‘Big Tech’ Companies

Trump, Biden, and What Won’t Change Regarding the ‘Big Tech’ Companies

For years, the big American technology companies have grown without too many regulatory impediments to the point of becoming global mastodons. Thanks to attractive products and services that respond to market demand, with loose or directly non-existent regulations in some areas, and wrapped in the American dream aura of the entrepreneur in their garage who becomes a billionaire, the big Silicon Valley companies have achieved such a powerful market position that many consider them de facto monopolies. 

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TikTok and the New Cold War: Europe not Doomed to Irrelevance

TikTok and the New Cold War: Europe not Doomed to Irrelevance

The short-video application TikTok, a phenomenon among teenagers, is the new battleground in the digital cold war between China and the United States. The Trump administration considers TikTok to be a Trojan horse that the Beijing regime is using to collect data from thousands of Americans, data that would be used for espionage. 

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Regulation and ‘Big Tech’: The EU is leading the way, but needs more

Regulation and ‘Big Tech’: The EU is leading the way, but needs more

When the history of the big technology companies in the twenty-first century is written, the date of July 29, 2020, might have its place. On that day, the four CEOs of the ‘Big Tech’ Amazon, Facebook, Google, and Apple appeared before the United States House of Representatives antitrust subcommittee, whose members have been investigating their alleged anti-competitive practices for years. 

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Merkel committed to the EU’s digital sovereignty

Merkel committed to the EU’s digital sovereignty

On July 1, Germany took over the current presidency of the Council of the European Union. Every six months, one of the 27 member states holds this rotating responsibility. And every six months, this presidency designs a roadmap with priorities and objectives it considers crucial to develop during the term. 

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