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By egarciagarcia | A personal compilation of the news that are shaping the #digital future of Europe.

A Tax on Robots?

ATHENS – Ken makes a decent living operating a large harvester on behalf of farmer Luke. Ken’s salary generates income tax and social security …

Robots

EU calls for greater industry involvement in 5G

The European Commission this week will urge EU member states and the private sector to get more involved in the development of the next generation of …

Revealed: how US billionaire helped to back Brexit

Robert Mercer, who bankrolled Donald Trump, played key role with ‘sinister’ advice on using Facebook data<p>• In-depth: Mercer, Breitbart, Farage and the data war against mainstream media<p>The US billionaire who helped bankroll Donald Trump’s campaign for the presidency played a key role in the campaign …

Brexit

Hi-tech financial firms flee UK amid doubts over Brexit

Leading ‘fintech’ player says ‘the exodus is beginning’ as members of £6bn industry start seeking other bases in Europe<p>An exodus of “fintech” companies from Britain has begun, the chief executive of a leading firm has said, dashing the government’s hopes of building the UK into a world leader for …

FinTech

The Guardian view on big data: the danger is less democracy

The information gathered about us by the internet giants makes our political system vulnerable to new forms of manipulation<p>The Observer’s discovery that a secretive firm apparently bankrolled by a rightwing billionaire was at work in the Brexit referendum to sway voters selected on the basis of …

Democracy

If EU workers go, will robots step in to pick and pack Britain’s dinners?

Automation is on the march on farms across the world, but it is costly, and may not come soon enough to fill the gap<p>Octopus-like robots are plucking strawberries in Spain, in the US machines are vacuuming apples off the trees, and in the UK they are feeding and milking cows. Robots are taking over …

Agriculture

Irresistible: Why We Can’t Stop Checking, Scrolling, Clicking and Watching – review

A fascinating study by Adam Alter explains why many of us find our smartphones and computers so addictive<p>The school near the GP practice where I work held an internet safety evening recently, subtitled “How to Keep Your Child Safe Online”. It was in the school hall, hosted by police officers, and …

Parenting

Digitisation opens up security weakness in oil and gas

A report from the Ponemon Institute has painted a damning picture of the state of technology in the oil and gas industry.<p>The report, based on a …

Cybersecurity

Government fails to meet target recruiting computing teachers

The government has failed to meet its target for the number of postgraduates who choose to enter initial teacher training to become computing …

Education

Number of people hit by professional financial cyber attack grows after lull

Last year saw an increase in the number of individuals attacked by cyber criminals targeting their finances through viruses, after decreasing over …

Cybersecurity

Mapping the Future of AI

BRIGHTON – Artificial intelligence already plays a major role in human economies and societies, and it will play an even bigger role in the coming …

Artificial Intelligence

The Future of Retail Financial Services: What policy mix for a balanced digital transformation?

In recent years, the digital transformation of retail financial services – retail payments, current/savings accounts, consumer/housing credit, car …

FinTech

Dreaming big can help reform gigabit society

Europe’s digital transformation will connect previously-isolated rural communities and create jobs in multiple sectors, as well as improving …

Europe leads sustainable development agenda

Sustainability should be integrated as a leitmotif and goal of every policy formulated and implemented, writes Stuart Reigeluth.<p><i>Stuart Reigeluth is</i> …

The future of mobility in Europe is connected and automated

<i>Authors: Roberto Viola (Director General DG Connect) /Henrik Hololei (Director General DG MOVE)</i><p>Driving your car can be fun on a country road in the …

Europe

Robots Will Soon Do Your Taxes. Bye-Bye, Accounting Jobs

Tax season has arrived, as the Super Bowl recently reminded us: In the first half alone, two commercials encouraged viewers to trust computers to do …

Robots

Big data and first-degree price discrimination

Shiller (2014) looks at the issue of first-degree price discrimination with big data, in the context of Netflix subscription. He shows that …

'Prejudices play out in the ratings we give' – the myth of digital equality

Sharing apps – from Airbnb to Uber – were supposed to make services open to everyone. But real-life discrimination can be exacerbated in an economy where we are vulnerable to others’ biases<p>The problem started when Reed Kennedy tried to book an Airbnb house in upstate New York for New Year’s Eve. “I …

Airbnb

The FCC wants you to be able to listen to FM radio from your smartphone

Millions of Americans use their smartphones every day to stream music from services such as Pandora or Spotify. Others use mobile devices to access podcasts or radio shows. These applications don't work without a connection to WiFi or mobile data. But what if you could listen to that same content …

Net Neutrality

A Robot May Have Written This Story

<i>This story is part of our special coverage, The News in Crisis.</i><p>When Republican Steve King beat back Democratic challenger Kim Weaver in the race for …

Journalism

Leaks Are Totally American—They’re Just Easier Now

President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress would very much like you to know that they are victims of betrayal—not by General Michael Flynn, …

Government

Smart City Tech Would Make Military Bases Safer

The last time the Pentagon directed all of its bases to raise their threat level, the danger came from an unlikely source: social media. That’s where …

War

Google extends fact-checking feature to Latin America

(Telecompaper) Google has announced the expansion of its Fact Check feature to Latin America following its launch in the US and Europe last October...

5G worth more to UK economy than fibre by 2026 – O2 UK

The direct economic benefits of 5G to the U.K. economy will overtake those delivered by fibre-based fixed broadband by 2026, claimed O2 this week. …

Banking

Robot monitors in homes of elderly people can predict falls, says study

In future, sensor networks could interpret movement data and contact relatives or support staff when a person is at risk<p>Robotic movement sensing systems in the homes of elderly people can predict with a high level of accuracy when a person is at high risk of having a fall and send warnings to …

Budgeting

3D-printed prosthetic limbs: the next revolution in medicine

As 3D printing continues to transform manufacturing, doctors are hoping it could also help the 30 million people worldwide in need of artificial limbs and braces<p>John Nhial was barely a teenager when he was grabbed by a Sudanese guerrilla army and forced to become a child soldier. He spent four …

3D Printing

We Urgently Need a New Internet

Let's be honest about it. Nobody — including those very clever people that were present at its birth — had the slightest idea what impact the …

Internet

German parents told to destroy child’s doll over spying fears

My Friend Cayla might be spying on you.<p>That’s what the Federal Network Agency, a telecoms regulatory body, told German parents Friday. It said the …

The future of robotics and artificial intelligence in Europe

Right Honourable Members of the European Parliament, Ladies and Gentlemen!<p>I would like to thank the European Parliament for the invitation to speak …

Artificial Intelligence