Category: Digital rights

Research is for the people: but where are the people?

A few weeks ago, the European research community held its annual powwow with the European Research and Innovation (R&I) Days, organised by the Commission’s Directorate-General in charge of research. The event gathered (virtually) more than 20,000 participants. It was an...

/ October 16, 2020

COVID-19 and the digitalisation of health: five risks you need to know

Some claim that artificial intelligence (AI) will always be better than natural stupidity, especially when it comes to decisions about health. But it is important to be aware of the risks using AI in health care might entail for us.

/ April 20, 2020

Let´s call a spade a spade: abuse of power in the digital economy must end

The era of tech-optimism is over, replaced by a crisis of trust. While there are strong rules in Europe which could help consumers to regain trust, their enforcement is sadly lacking.

/ November 12, 2019

How EU-funded research can deliver to consumers

Between 2021 and 2027, the EU Horizon Europe programme is planning to spend around a whopping 100 billion euros on research projects. No surprise therefore that academics, industry representatives and others will flood Brussels this week to attend the huge...

/ September 24, 2019
Just try to imagine how the Internet would look like today without consumers’ ability to share, comment on and like their friends’ content.

In no man’s land: consumers in the copyright debate

Consumers love sharing content online. Over the last decade, the rise of Facebook, Vimeo or Twitter transformed the Internet into a place where consumers can express themselves and where they can easily share their creations with their friends and family....

/ December 12, 2018

Play it again, Siri – what Apple’s acquisition of Shazam could mean to consumers

It’s Sunday afternoon and it’s raining outside. You want to relax at home watching a classic, and you go for Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill. In one scene there’s a song you fall in love with, so you quickly grab your...

/ April 12, 2018

How Google is eroding consumers’ freedom to choose

Google hit the headlines last year when the European Commission fined the tech giant €2.42 billion for breaching EU antitrust rules. It has been argued the European Commission has over-stepped the line here. After all, if people like and use...

/ March 14, 2018

e-Privacy and the doorstep salesmen

In the European lobby city, Brussels, foes of strong e-Privacy rules have spread the term “consent fatigue”. Behind this phrase is the ‘concern’ of the advertising industry that since consumers have to give their consent – for snooping on them...

/ October 17, 2017

Roaming done. International calls next

Since 15 June, roaming fees in the EU are part of history. That is undoubtedly great news for consumers and a big step towards the creation of a single market for telecom services. But it has also created a terrible...

/ August 28, 2017

#Toyfail: When toys fail children

What would you say if the doll you bought for Christmas was used to eavesdrop on your child, or if the conversation you have with the doll was used for targeted advertising and shared with unnamed 3rd parties? Most of...

/ December 6, 2016